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Plea deal offered in sex abuse case involving teacher, 2 students

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  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    I feel sorry for him. Look at his face in the picture. He's confused and forlorn. The justice system is meant to correct and to teach, not just to punish.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 10, 2012 10:04 p.m.

    To be 'reasonable' lets stop with the stereotype of a typical male teacher. There are many strong male teachers who perform a great service for children. Unfortunately, sexual predators are attracted to professions or opportunities to be with younger children.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2012 8:52 p.m.

    Concur with California#194131.

    Relationship is not what it is. A predator doesn't have love or feelings for the victim. That person is evil and is controlling the student, child and one who is the victim of a heinous crime in a school environment.

    Private, charter or public administrators need more of a handle on their teachers and administrators and unclassified employees. These individuals are trusted agents for our children. The process should be improved for those employees making moves from one school to another even if they have had a background check previously. They need to sign on the line that they are still true to their code of ethics as a teacher or educational professional or unclassified employee.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    Dec. 10, 2012 7:59 p.m.

    I wish the media and others would stop using the phrase "sexual relationship" when speaking of teachers or other adult authority figures preying on juveniles.

    A "sexual relationship" involves consenting adults. Even if a young person participates willingly--even if he or she is the aggressor, it still does not qualify as a "relationship."

    When an adult, especially a teacher, coach, health care provider, religious leader, or worst of all a family member, takes advantage of anyone's trust and uses his/her position to sexually exploit minors, it is molesting, sexual abuse, assault, or rape, not a "relationship."

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Dec. 10, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    Plea deal?

    No wonder Utah's male teachers haven't learned their lessons.
    The penalties are so light.