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Published: Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:10 p.m. MDT

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Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Frankly, had she been ugly or less attractive the judge would have locked this woman up for a long time. She blatantly disregarded court orders and continued to contact her female victim because she believed she had the right to do so. Her blatant disrespect for the rule of law should have elevated the penalties and had her serving time.

The age isn't the main concern I have with the case. She manipulated her student. She crossed the line and should be a felon and registered sex offender.

Carson City, NV

This makes me so sad. For all of the commenters who said there really isn't a victim - yes there was. For all the commenters who said she got off lighter than a man - you are wrong. Our court system most often lets the person who committed the "crime" off with probation. My ex-husband molested my daughter for 7 years, threatened if she told I would hate her, and send her away. And he got probation, my daughter didn't beg the judge to not put him in prison. He didn't lose his job. My daughter and I were in years of counseling because of that betrayal of trust. As long as these offenders are treated with kid gloves they will continue the crime. How very sad for the children in our world. Jesus must be heart broken and in tears each time he sees a child hurt like this! And we call ourselves judges. We keep feeling sorry for the wrong person in these crimes.

Highland, UT

Ridiculous "sentence". If she were a man she would be doing hardtime and then spending the rest of her life on the sex offender registry.

She had the advantage of belonging to two politically correct groups of "victims", one she is a female and two she is a lesbian so she was given this ridiculous sentence because of those two things.

I'd love to ask this judge, and the prosecutor as well, why a female homosexual pedophile is more or less given no sentence yet a man in the exact same situation would be doing hard time?

Her weak little claim that she has already been punished because she lost her teaching certificate is an insult to justice and to the intelligence of the rest of us.

In our country there are two types of "justice", one for males which is harsh and deserved, and one for females which is basically no punishment at all.

What an outrage.


To be impartial in dealing out justice, is the law of the land. Whether male or female is homosexual violations of sexual misconduct different than heterosexual misconduct? If this had been a male or female teacher having heterosexual misconduct with minor different than same-sex with a minor? And is justice applied differently for each variation (being male or female) of same type offense? Only review of sentencing can show what is applied justice in reality.
To ensure equality under all laws: review of sentencing by Utah judges must be scrutinized closely. Otherwise personal bias, friendships, associations, money, use of power violates our most precious rights under law: We must be equally treated, full impartiality by those under oath of office.
Our constitution demands citizen's share Equality Under All Laws, period.
Demand our judges rule with fairness.
Reporters (the press) get the answers for the people and share that information, please we need the press to help inform the people of our true status quo operations.
The poor go to jail more than the rich for the same violations of law.
Male citizens go to jail more often for the same violations of sexual misconduct laws.

Portland, OR

I'll probably catch flack for this statement, but I think when you have somebody who is basically still a kid teaching high school, you are setting yourself up for trouble.

Florissant, MO

I hate seeing such a beautiful girl on the outside, do such an ugly thing.

South Jordan, UT

If this had been a male, he would be in prison.

Othello, WA

Under 18 can't legally give consent? That's not really "equal treatment under the law"! How fair is that? Where is the pro gay marriage crowd on this issue?


I think this probably sounds about right. If a 17 year old can be charged as an adult in a murder case, than a 17 year old can consent for sex. It is hard for me to hear the word "victim" in this case as the 17 year old young women knew what she was doing. I would be curious to find out if the two are still together as a couple or if they have moved on from one another. Does anyone know?

El Chango Supremo
Rexburg, ID


I agree with you. 23 is too young to be working w/ high school kids. she's practically a kid herself.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

My opinion is not to vote to sustain this judge in November.

Federal Way, WA

Does everyone realize it was a lesbian type of relationship? And that the law is different at age for the girls versus the boys. I think the sentence was appropriate. Labeling the teacher a sex offender would harm her the rest of her life needlessly. It is no laughing matter to be labeled an "SO" as there is practically no life for one labeled as such for the rest of their life. It's worst than jail time. The judge made the right decision doing the best he could under the circumstances. Had it been a female teacher towards a student boy, the results would likely be much different and there would be jail time and labeling of "SO. In my opinion, with the student wanting it in the first place and minimizing that she wasn't 18 yet, they figured it'd be okay. Such things would be better not happening in the school environment. None of us are perfect and we have all made dumb mistakes. The important thing is to learn and grow from it. That's what counts and that's what the teacher is getting. A second chance. We all deserve second chances.

Phoenix, AZ

"As long as these offenders are treated with kid gloves they will continue the crime."

They're not offenders. They're friends. And what they did is not a crime. It's called human interaction.

Santa Monica, CA

Understand, I am fine with this decision. The losing of ones ability to teach when that is what you have given your life over to, is no small thing. I also don't think that this teacher, serving jail time, would really serve any purpose. I can see a twenty-three year old, falling hard for a younger person, especially if this particular coach is an entitled and immature (albeit "good") person. Still, let us be perfectly frank. If this were a male teacher, in most cases--he would be tarred and feathered and run out of town, if not shot by the young persons father. Kids deserve to discover love, romance on their own terms and not through the prism of a needy teacher or coach. Never forget--when you teach or coach, you sign on to rise above these situations. Kids love people in authority who show interest in them. Teaching is not your ticket to "return to my youth" land.

Mchenry, IL

If I the student is of legal age to consent, and she was of legal age in the state of Utah, like it or not since the teacher was not more than 7 years older per statue, than this was not a crime. The school may have a policy on a teacher not entering into such a relationship, even if the ages don't make it illegal or even if the teacher wasn't assigned to that particular student. But this was not a sex crime as the statue reads. Terms for firing, sure. What people might want to do is as the legislature to change the age of consent for both men and women in the state to 18.


UNBELIEVABLE! I'm a news hound so I don't miss much. In the last 10 years the majority of cases where the sexual predator was a reasonably attractive female under the age of 40, they've either plea-bargained down to a misdemeanor or, as in the current case, gotten no more than a slap on the wrist. I'm hard pressed to remember a case where a male predator received anything less than prison. Why the double-standard? Are male judges too timid to treat female sex offenders the same way they treat men? Could it be that in today's society, the feminist movement has more clout than our judicial system? I'm sick to death of the double-standard in this country. Women are always demanding that they be treated equally. When is our judicial system going to start giving them what they want and deserve?

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