Tweet A female teacher from Texas was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of having sex with five male students in her home. One encounter involved group sex that was recorded on a cell phone.
She was found guilty of sixteen counts of having an inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher. Each count was punishable by two to twenty years imprisonment. Sex between teachers and their students has always been a highly-publicized ordeal throughout the country, and it is hard to watch the news and not hear about another teacher-student sex scandal.
But does the public pay attention to the consequences these perpetrators face? A female teacher from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, who had sex with a male student multiple times, inside and outside of her classroom was sentenced to 90 days in jail. She could have faced up to five years in prison.
A female teacher from Johnson County, Kansas, was sentenced to 36 months probation and must register as a sex offender for having sex with her students. She pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sex with a minor, which typically carries a month to year prison sentence. If she does not violate her probation for three years, her record will be completely cleared.
A female teacher from Long Island, New York, was sentenced to six years probation for having sex with a male student. She was also required to register as a sex offender. A male teacher from Winston Salem , North Carolina, was sentenced to 26 to 33 years in prison for having sex with two female students. A male teacher was sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sex with two male students who say they were not coerced. Each of these convictions occurred in the last five months and plenty more can be found on watchdog monitoring sites.
North Carolina is not immune to the student-teacher sex scandal. In , Janet Klatt was charged with the felony offense of sexual activity between a school personnel member and a student after she was found having sex with a year-old student on an overnight field trip in Raleigh. Klatt entered an Alford plea and was given 30 months of probation. It is important to note that an Alford plea is one in which a defendant does not admit guilt, but admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty.
Female teachers seem to merely get a slap on the wrist compared to the hefty jail time male teachers must serve. Moreover, in some instances it is safe to say the female teachers were responsible for more wrongdoing.
What makes male teachers having sex with students more deplorable than female teachers doing the same? There is a clear gender bias in the sentencing of adults who have consensual sexual relationships with teens. What underlines this discrepancy? A few theories help to dissect and explain why female teachers experience leniency in comparison to male teachers. Females have traditionally been perceived as more defenseless to emotional, physical, and social harm resulting from sex.
Historically, statutory rape laws were written with gendered terms to protect females from male predators. Superior Court of Sonoma County. The need to protect women can be traced back to the idea that the differences in male and female reproductive systems create a greater risk of physical harm including the risk of pregnancy to a young female than to a young male. In the last 30 years, all states have eliminated language that solely protected women.
These states have replaced this language with gender-neutral phrasing in statutes that allows women to be prosecuted for statutory rape. However, simply injecting gender-neutral language into statutes cannot eradicate the mores and beliefs held by the general public that young males cannot fall victim to female sexual predators.
The way sexual relationships between older women and younger males have been glamorized by the media has affected how these scenarios are played out in society. Frankly, it has become socially acceptable and is sometimes considered an aspect of growing up.
The media perpetuates the idea that a teenage boy deserves a pat on the back and bragging rights when he engages in a sexual relationship with an older woman.
In a report by FoxNews. Furthermore, the idea of females as sexual predators challenges their traditional cultural roles within society. Since, historically, females have been viewed as non-initiators, limit- setters, and anatomically the receivers of sexuality, it is difficult for some to imagine a female sexually abusing others.
One clear solution could be less media attention. Additionally, there should be more consequences for these crimes. Just as the language in the statutory rape laws needed to be changed in order to capture females as a class that could be prosecuted for the crime, sentencing laws need to be revised.
Additionally, if the judge were unaware of the gender of the perpetrator as well as the victim, it would be nearly impossible for the stereotypes surrounding women to affect the system. The fact of the matter is that many female teachers are engaging in sexual relationships with their male students. Young males are less likely to report sexual abuse by a female teacher because of the stereotypes and hype that surround the glamorized notion of landing the hot teacher.
With that mentality, it is hard to consider these young men as victims. Many males do not realize the experience to be abusive at the time and endure the effects later on in their lives.
While pop culture glamorizes sexual relationships between teenage males and their teachers and admonishes the same between young females and male teachers, both types of relationships are equally harmful and criminal. The leniency women teachers are experiencing in sentencing, in conjunction with having sexual relationships with their students, is due to a long history of antiquated stereotypes that have no place in the justice system.
If male teachers are serving jail time for engaging in sexual conduct, their female counterparts should be serving the same time for the same crimes. She is originally from Pleasantville, New York. Following graduation, Amanda came directly to Campbell in the fall of