Tuesday, November 22, 2005

 

What If She'd Been A Man?

Debra Lafave and her attorney reached a plea agreement in which she will serve no jail time for having sex with a 14 year old student. What if situation had been a male teacher and a female student?

John Walker, who had been a high school teacher in Batavia, OH, got 5 years in jail in a plea bargain for having sex with 2 female high school students. John Walker's brother is a Common Pleas judge in the same county and that is still the best he could do. Joey Buttafuoco served 6 months in jail for having sex with a teenage girl who obviously wanted him.

Gregory Payne in Amelia, OH did get probation for sexual misconduct with a female student. Another from the same article:
Jeffrey Sears, 41, of Amelia - is serving a three-year prison term after pleading guilty in December to two counts of sexual battery involving two female students.
Eric Fouss, a former teacher at the same high school as Payne and Sears (Wow!) received 5 years probation. Sure seems to be a lot of sex between teacher and student in certain areas of Ohio. Amelia and Batavia are close to each other.

So, in all fairness, it appears that Lafave's sentence may be fair. But, it seems that teachers in general may be getting off too easy for preying on students. For me, five years may be too stiff but 6 to 18 months wouldn't.

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