YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A year after he was indicted, former Boardman Middle School teacher Jay Dana stood between his lawyers Monday, whispering he understood he would be found guilty of sexual battery charges.
“Women aren’t respected at all by him,” one of the women who accused Dana said. The woman spoke to WKBN on the condition of remaining anonymous.
Prosecutors said Dana date-raped his victims, giving them something similar to grain alcohol to get them drunk, and ultimately making them violently sick and unable to remember much of what had happened to them.
One of the three women in this case said Dana actually taught her son in school.
“So I really didn’t know him at all, so when this all occurred, you know, of course we were very upset. My son was very upset,” the woman said.
But for one other victim, Monday’s plea was a huge step in what’s been an eight-and-a-half-year ordeal since she was assaulted.
“Actually, at the time of my incident, when I went to Boardman Police department, and I had said, ‘He will kill somebody doing this someday, he will OD them. He will not know what their body can take and what they can’t,'” the woman said.
Four years ago this month, WKBN sat down with that woman, who decided to speak out after learning Dana’s wife at the time had died from what authorities said was severe alcohol poisoning. No one has ever been charged in that case.
As part of Dana’s plea, prosecutors and defense said they’ll recommend Dana be labeled a Tier 3 sex offender and that he’ll have to spend 75 days in jail, even though his charges could bring a sentence of more than ten years.
“Originally, my thought wasn’t that I wanted him to go to jail,” one of the women said. “Now I want him to go to jail. And I want him to go for a long time.”
“That 75 days is really bothering me. He just has done so much,” another woman said.
Both victims said that they intend to speak when Dana is sentenced in July.