Sentence for Sexual Activity with a Child

Suzanne Owen, 36, of North Fort Myers, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison
followed by ten years of sex offender probation after pleading guilty to one count of Sexual
Activity with a Child. She is also now a registered lifetime Sexual Predator.

In April 2018 the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a report that the defendant, a teacher, had
an inappropriate relationship with one of her students. After further investigation it was found
that Owen and the victim communicated through e-mails and text messages. The defendant also
admitted to engaging in sexual activity with the student.

Owen had made an open plea to the court. Each defendant has a right to plea straight to the court
for sentencing and forgo a jury trial. She withdrew her open plea and a plea agreement was
reached. The State Attorney’s Office worked with the victim’s family for an agreed upon

Owen has no previous criminal history. As part of her sentence she must; undergo a sex offender
treatment program, wear a GPS tracking monitor device during probation, have a curfew, and
can have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Assistant State Attorney Mary Anderson handled the case.


Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office