OTTAWA — A judge made it clear to the man whose wife, a former substitute teacher who had sex with a student, that he played a serious role in the case for which his wife was sent to prison.
Judge Chad Niese of Putnam County Municipal Court sentenced Derrick Storer to 90 days in jail and fined him $500. Storer, 33, was sentenced on three counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person.
“Your actions put the victim in this matter in danger of harm and as a result of those actions harm actually resulted,” Niese said. “You’re actions justify a substantial jail sentence.”
Storer also will serve two years probation after he is released. The judge granted work release while he serves his jail sentence.
Storer was involved with supplying teenagers with alcohol at his home including an 18-year-old Pandora-Gilboa High School student who had sex with his wife, Jessica Storer, on Nov. 26.
Storer apologized for his actions and the harm it caused to the victim and his family.
“This has been absolutely the worst decision I have made in my life,” Storer said.
His attorney, Chase Mallory, blamed Storer’s wife.
“He has some faults of his own in this relationship. She kind of ran the house. He was the man of the house but not so much,” Mallory said.
Mallory also said Storer did not want to hold a house party for high school students but his wife did.
“That is ultimately where Derrick made the biggest mistake of his life,” Mallory said.
Jessica Storer was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for sexual battery. Police received a tip in December about the incident then questioned the teen and then Storer. Both admitted to having sex.
She was a substitute teacher through the Putnam County Educational Service Center but removed from that role immediately after the crime surfaced.
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