Mount Clemens — A former high school Spanish teacher was sentenced to at least six years in prison Thursday morning in Macomb County District Court for her sexual relationship with a student.
Kathryn Ronk's sentence will run concurrent with an identical 6- to 15-year sentence she received in March from an Oakland County judge for having sex with the 15-year-old student.
Ronk, 30, a former Bishop Foley High School teacher, appeared in both Oakland and Macomb county courts because her sexual relationship with the student was in his home in Macomb Township and in Sterling Heights. She also engaged in sexual acts with the teenager in classrooms at Bishop Foley High School in Madison Heights.
"I would like to apologize to the victim and the family," a tearful Ronk said Thursday. "I take full responsibility for what I've done. I do not want the victim to have any blame that he may feel. I did this. I was the adult."
Ronk's attorney James Thomas' description of Ronk as "humbled and contrite" didn't appear to diminish the outrage of Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary A. Chrzanowski.
"I think this has touched every parent who had a child in that school," Chrzanowski said. "They looked to her for guidance. It is very offensive what she did and it places a terrible blemish on the teaching profession.
"This has had a ripple effect on everybody, every parent, every child and every teacher."
In May, the teacher pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct under an agreement with the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office that ranged from no prison time to a maximum of 15 years.
She was originally facing first-degree counts and other charges in the matter.
Ronk, who is married, will be considered for parole in 5 1/2 years. She was given credit for 137 days of incarceration.