Former Teacher Sentenced For Rape, Sexual Contact With Student
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -A former Hartford teacher gave a tearful apology in court Monday before she was handed down her punishment for having sex with an underage student.
Emotions filled the courtroom as people on both sides of the case addressed the judge, including Kari Boll’s family and the victim’s mother.
In 2016, it was discovered that Boll had a sexual relationship with a student from West Central High School where she taught special education. The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to 4th Degree Rape and Sexual Contact with a Child younger than 16.
She was sentenced to 20 years behind bars, effective immediately. The maximum punishment she could have received was 30 years.
The victim, a boy who was 15 at the time, was being tutored by Boll in her special education class. Their sexual relationship took place between May and August of 2016.
Boll has undergone recent counseling. The defense called on her sex therapist, along with her mother and husband to speak in court Monday. All three said a long prison sentence would be detrimental to the help she’s already received.
The victim’s mother also gave powerful testimony on how these incidents have changed her son.
She says he now quote “lacks knowledge on how to express feelings and I blame that on what happened to him. He was robbed. He was taught deception and lying is okay.”
She then addressed Boll directly saying, “I hope your kids never have to go through something like this.”
Boll is married and has two children, but prior to this case she had no criminal record.
Judge Robin Houwman says this is the 4th teacher/student relations case she’s handled, but the first involving a special education teacher. She says Boll’s clean criminal history was a factor in her sentencing, but so was the impact her actions had on the victim.
This all came to light when Boll confided in another student about her relationship with the victim. The student told her mother and they contacted the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office in August 2016. Boll resigned from West Central High School shortly after she was charged.