from the Tippecanoe Superior Court The Honorable Steven P.
Meyer, Judge Trial Court Cause No. 79D02-1503-F5-16
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT Timothy P. Broden Lafayette, Indiana
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE Gregory F. Zoeller Attorney General of
Indiana Tyler G. Banks Deputy Attorney General Indianapolis,
of the Case
While a teacher and coach at McCutcheon High School in
Tippecanoe County, Jakob Robinson engaged a student is
numerous acts of sexual intercourse and deviant sexual
conduct. After the student reported Robinson's behavior
to local authorities, the State charged Robinson with five
counts of child seduction, each as a Level 5 felony. Robinson
pleaded guilty to each of those counts and the trial court
sentenced him to an aggregate term of eight years, with five
years executed in the Department of Correction and three
years suspended to probation.
On appeal, Robinson asserts that his sentence is
inappropriate in light of the nature of his offenses and his
character. We conclude that his sentence is not
inappropriate. As such, we affirm.
and Procedural History
Between October of 2014 and January of 2015, Robinson, who
was thirty-seven years old at the time, worked as a teacher
and football coach at McCutcheon High School. K.F., a student
at the school, was sixteen years old, and she was a
teacher's assistant for Robinson. K.F.'s father had
died prior to K.F.'s birth, and Robinson "became a
sort of father figure for her." Appellant's App.
Vol. IV at 12.
During that time, Robinson engaged K.F. in numerous sexual
encounters, which included intercourse, digital penetration,
and oral sex. Robinson engaged K.F. in those encounters
during school hours and after school hours. He also engaged
her in those encounters after school hours but before
extracurricular events were scheduled to begin.
Robinson was married but in the dissolution process. His wife
had a restraining order against him, and he was living with
his parents. On at least one occasion, Robinson had sexual
intercourse with K.F. in his parents' home. On that
occasion, Robinson's two minor daughters were spending
the night at his parents' home with him, and, while his
parents and daughters were asleep, he left the house to pick
K.F. up and bring her back to his parents' home.
Robinson purchased clothing and jewelry for K.F. He met with
K.F. in public, sometimes with his daughters present.
Robinson would "confide in her" about "the
stresses of [his] failed marriage, " while she
"would confide in [Robinson] when she was
emotional" about her father's death. Tr. at 40.
Robinson told K.F. he loved her.
On January 9, 2015, K.F. informed the Tippecanoe County
Sheriff's Department of her relationship with Robinson.
Thereafter, the State charged Robinson with five counts of
child seduction, each as a Level 5 felony. Robinson pleaded
guilty to each of those five counts without the benefit of a
The trial court accepted Robinson's guilty plea and, on
September 3, 2015, entered the ...