Teacher who begged to be castrated instead of sent to prison for having sex with students is being locked up
Teacher, 32, who begged to be castrated instead of sent to prison for having sex with students, is in prison for 12 years
- Mark Lua, a former Florida high school teacher, was sentenced to 12 years in prison
- He sexually assaulted students after the judge ignored his request for castration
- The 32-year-old former English teacher pleaded guilty last year to sexual assault allegations involving current and former students
Mark Lua, a former Florida high school teacher, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday
A former Florida high school teacher was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sexual abuse of students after the judge ignored his request to be castrated.
Mark Lua, 32, told Circuit Judge Thomas Dannheisser on Wednesday that he wanted to raise his daughter and get castrated voluntarily if that would save him a prison sentence, the Pensacola News Journal reported.
The former English teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola last year pleaded guilty to promoting child sexual performance, illegal sexual activity with minors, and two counts of illegal sexual activity with minors.
Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old former student, had sex with an underage student, and forced another to send him a sexually explicit video.
“My actions were despicable,” said Lua. “I really believe punishment is necessary, and I request chemical castration not only as a punishment, but also as an act of solidarity to show how bad I am for everything. If your honor is so inclined, I am even willing to undergo physical castration if I can stay at home that way and raise my daughter. ‘
Lua was sentenced to 12 years in prison, followed by 15 years of probation, after pleading guilty to a series of sex crimes involving his students.
Judge Dannheisser ignored the request and sentenced him to 12 years in prison, followed by 15 years of probation.
Prosecutor Erin Ambrose told the judge that Lua targeted vulnerable girls.
“He seemed to be looking for girls who came from unstable or troubled homes,” said Ambrose. “He manipulated them and betrayed them because he was a teacher.”
Lua was arrested three times in 2019 after allegations that he forced a student to send him an inappropriate video, that he had sex with an underage student, and that he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old ex-student.
His first arrest was on January 17, 2019, when a school employee received a tip that Lua had inappropriate communication with minors.
Mark Lua was a former English teacher at Booker T Washington High School in Florida, pictured
He later admitted to setting up a fake Instagram profile to reach out to underage teens for sex.
He was arrested for the second time less than two weeks later, on January 30. On that occasion, a young student reported having sex at his home.
Lua was arrested three times in 2019 after allegations that he forced a student to send him an inappropriate video, that he had sex with an underage student, and that he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old ex-student
The following week, he was arrested for the third time on February 6 after a former student, now an adult, went to authorities to say she had been sexually assaulted by him.
During his hearing, Lua said he was suffering from a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis that was causing the growth of painful tumors on his skin. Lua said the condition led to frequent panic attacks.
“When I am with my family or when I sit down to read a book, I think about the tumors and think ‘Oh my god, this may be my last day on Earth,'” he said.
The prosecution has dismissed such claims in court.
“This condition didn’t seem to weaken him as he trundled down the halls looking for students to have sex with,” Ambrose said.