Tantalizing Text Messages

***READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

When anyone does anything risky or risqué using their cell phone, electronic device or computer they risk the world knowing about what they’ve done or said and worse.

Utilizing the internet means crossing many jurisdictions thereby becoming a federal issue and quite possibly a punishable crime. High school kids sharing sexually explicit photos can get into big-time trouble.

BLOG POST #149: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school science teacher.

Only the ex-teacher, in this case, can answer the question—what was she thinking?!

Young and Dumb

Her world crumbled toward the beginning of her second school year at the district. One day she was a young 20-something, married, high school teacher, the next day a divorced sexual predator.

Cases like this seem to start with tantalizing text messages between teacher and student and almost always end with prison time.

The sexual temptation became irresistible. During the summer between her first and second year of teaching at the high school, the teacher and student met for sex in the park and again at the teacher’s home she shared with her then husband.

Goodbye Teaching Career

A call to the local authorities prompted a conversation with the teacher who confessed to her actions. The student’s family did not want to press charges. However, the course of action was not up to the victim’s family.

Her world changed forever. Arrested, charged and placed on paid administrative leave from her teaching position. A few days later, she resigned.

The district attorney initially charged her with multiple crimes—two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy as well as one count of third-degree rape. (In this state, at the time this crime occurred, oral sex constituted sodomy)

Not Willing To Risk Trial

The ex-teacher was offered a plea agreement, one felony count of using an electronic device to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities. She accepted.

Her attorney asked for probation stating his client had “nothing but remorse for her actions.”

Behavior Not Tolerated

Her behavior will not be tolerated and will be punished.

The judge felt he needed to send a message to the community as well as to the ex-teacher; her behavior will not be tolerated and will be punished.

The judge sentenced her to one year in prison and required her, upon release, to register as a sex offender.

What do you think about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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