Cara Dickey plead guilty to two counts of rape in the second degree in court Wednesday afternoon in a plea deal. The former Buffalo Charter School teacher was accused of rape after an inappropriate relationship with a 14 year old student. Dickey now faces 2 to 5 years of possible jail time. She must also register as a sex offender, surrender her teaching certificate, and remain at the Erie County Holding Center as she waits for her sentencing date scheduled for mid April. Whatever the judge decides as a prison sentence, her eight months of time already in the holding center are expected to go toward that sentence.
The attorney for the family of the teenager involved says they are relieved with the guilty plea. "I can tell you that they are very relieved that Ms. Dickey has accepted the responsibility for what she has done," Rob Steinhaus with Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn law firm said. "Frankly it was our hope to bring this to a conclusion in this manner and prevent this child from being subjected to testify in open court."