Whatcha say that we move on for a couple of days……..
Last week before the world went batshit crazy over the Syria story I read an article abgout a teacher that has sex with a student….I know this is nothing new….there seems to be a teacher a month that cannot keep his/her hands off the students….but this one is just crazy…..
(Newser) – A Montana teacher found guilty of raping a troubled 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide will spend just 30 days in jail because the judge decided the girl was “older than her chronological age” and “was as much in control of the situation” as her teacher. After the girl’s suicide just before her 17th birthday made the case hard to prosecute, teacher Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, entered a deferred prosecution agreement—which he violated by missing sex offender treatment meetings and having unsupervised visits with minors, the Billings Gazette reports.
Rambold—who had previously been warned to avoid touching female students—targeted the troubled girl and violated his position of trust by beginning a sexual relationship with her, said prosecutors, who asked for a sentence of at least 20 years, with 10 suspended. His defense argued that he had already been punished enough by the loss of his career and his marriage. The girl’s mother, who testified that the relationship with Rambold was a “major factor” in her daughter’s suicide, screamed “You people suck!” after the sentence was announced.
Crazy right? Oh but wait…there is so much more…….
(Newser) – And the honors for most provocative op-ed go to former lawyer Betsy Karasik, who argues in the Washington Post that the nation must curb its “utter hysteria” over cases involving teachers having sex with underage students: “I don’t believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape,” she writes, “and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized.” She writes that she’s not trying to defend the Montana judge under fire for his comments about a 14-year-old victim being “older than her chronological years,” but that “tarring and feathering him for attempting to articulate the context that informed his sentence will not advance this much-needed dialogue.”
Karasik does think teachers who have sex with students should be removed from their jobs at least until rehab is complete, but she also says there is “a vast and extremely nuanced continuum of sexual interactions involving teachers and students, ranging from flirtation to mutual lust to harassment to predatory behavior.” Automatic criminal proceedings that traumatize the students involved may be doing more harm than good. Click for her full column, which makes reference to a related observation from Louis CK.
Bet you thought that it was over, right? Tee hee!
(Newser) – Looks like Montana’s Judge Todd Baugh might be better suited to a career that doesn’t involve sentencing people. After apologizing and calling himself a “blithering idiot” for remarks he made when sentencing a teacher to just 30 days for raping a 14-year-old student, Baugh has ordered a new hearing after admitting that he believes he misread state law and the teacher should have been sentenced to a minimum of two years, the Missoulian reports.
Baugh—whose remarks sparked protests and demands that he step down—says his error means the 30 days he gave 54-year-old Stacey Rambold “would be an illegal sentence,” reports NBC. The county attorney says Baugh’s order is an “unusual occurrence” and he has been working to determine whether the case can be appealed to the state’s Supreme Court. The mother of Rambold’s victim, who committed suicide before the case could go to trial, has refused to accept the judge’s apology.
Just wanted to pass this on to me peeps…it is the week end and I will take a break from crazy….well political crazy…..