A teacher in the Dallas area was recently convicted of having sex with students and sentenced to 5 years. ALL the students were over 18 at the time, but there is a law in Texas that any sex with students is a crime regardless of their age. There is no question that she should have been fired. But do you agree with the criminal charges? Do you think the law will stand up to appeal since they were all consenting adults?
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This story is really creepy and there is something wrong with her. I'm not sure jail makes sense since they were all 18 and consenting, although she absolutely took advantage of the teacher-student relationship. I think she should be fired and banned from ever teaching again in any capacity, and have to do community service...around old people and NOT young people. Ever. I wouldn't let her anywhere near a high school. Yeesh.
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I'd say it's really just a matter of time until of these boys admits they weren't 18 when it started, or until another comes forward that was underage. Most boys have a really hard time admitting to being a victim of any sort, but having a local news story saying you're a rape victim by a local teacher would probably be humiliating.
But, I'm a big fan of not charging people for things you can't prove. So unless one ever comes forward, I would say the jail time is unwarranted.
Definitely definitely definitely should not ever be in a school again. Ever.
She absolutely took advantage of her position of authority as a teacher. That's why this law was put into place, so a teacher can't just wait for someone to turn 18, or only hone in on the oldest students because they're already "legal." Teachers should never be involved romantically or sexually with their students, ever, and she was having sex with 5 or 6 of her students, not just one which would be bad enough. I think the sentence is reasonable, especially since most of it will be supervised parole.
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Based on the article, they were all 18 at the time; however, if I understood correctly, they were all her students at the time. Would this still have been a crime if they had graduated prior to the relationship? If both things have happened (turned 18 and graduated), I don't think it should be a criminal act. At some point you are just too far removed from the situation.She said the students did not wear condoms and that "everybody ejaculated" during the night when Colleps was videotaped having sex with four of the students. Beach described the amount of bodily fluids and possible diseases exchanged during the night as "staggering and it is disgusting. It's completely disgusting."
It seems like the 5 years in prison is the least of her worries. Maybe a little distance and perspective will be good for her kids and husband.
I agree with ew. She definitely took advantage of the teacher/student situation and should not be allowed to teach again but I don't think she should face criminal charges. 18 is legal age and they could have consented with another woman who wasn't their teacher.
I agree with Laurie 100%.
And, when you have a defence attorney who says things like this:
you're going to lose.Defense attorney Cynthia Fitch countered by saying that Colleps has lost her good name and her reputation with this case.
"Her name has been drug through the mud through the last 15 months," Fitch said.
Is it also illegal for university professors to have sex with their students?
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Hmmmm...when I was in college it wasn't illegal and at my school it wasn't against the rules per se as long as they weren't in an official student/professor relationship but it was frowned upon.