The 44-Year-Old Teacher And Her 13-Year-Old Student

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #115Hello! Thank you for your continued interest in my research. This week, you may be surprised that the teacher involved in the sex crime case is a woman. Male sexual predators overwhelmingly outnumber females in sex crime cases involving children. But there are female sexual predators as in this week’s case.

BLOG POST #107: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a Special Education Teacher and her seventh-grade student.

The Teacher’s Lewd Behavior

The middle school special education teacher had been with the district for close to twenty years when she ended her career and essentially her life after initiated a sexual relationship with one of her seventh-grade students.

The ‘affair’ may have continued for longer than one month had the teacher and student not been parked in a dark corner of a public park a little after midnight when sheriff’s deputies were checking the park for suspicious behavior.

There’s No Turning Back

Following the teacher’s arrest, the school placed her on administrative leave. After posting bail and being released from jail, she resigned from her teaching position.

The county school superintendent said, “When we have an allegation like this it is a shock to parents, it’s a shock to students, it’s a shock to us as administrators, to the whole profession.”

In the student’s testimony, he said his teacher was sexually aggressive with him when she drove him home after he’d hung out at her house on Halloween.

The victim also stated during their one-month ‘affair,’ they’d had sex at the teacher’s home, in her car, and at hunting property belonging to her in-laws after riding four-wheelers.

Judged By A Jury Of Your Peers

It took the jury six hours to find the ex-school teacher guilty of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, statutory rape and sexual assault on a person in custody, all felonies.

In court, the county prosecutor said, “One of our trusted teachers was willing to cross the line with a student.”

No Winners

School counselors and administrators met with students to discuss the matter.

The Superior Court Judge sentenced her to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years before she’d be eligible for parole. After her release from prison, she’ll be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of her life.

The judge also prohibited her from any contact with minors other than her children.

She began serving her prison sentence in 2013, at the age of 45.

Worth Mentioning: She petitioned the court for a new trial based on inconsistencies in the victim’s testimony and because the prosecution only played portions of the victim’s interview tapes. Her petitions were denied in 2015 and 2016.

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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