June 24 2008

Another Day, Another Two Teacher Sex Scandals

christel gravlinMore teachers, more sex with students.

Christel C. Gravlin, a 33-year-old former teacher at the Lisbon Central School in New York, plead guilty in March to having a sexual encounter with a student in November 2007.  She and the 15-year-old were in a one to two week relationship, and she was charged with 3rd degree rape after telling other spectators at a high school football game about activities while drunk.

As she has been seeking counseling, the judge sentanced her to be marked as a Level 1 sexual offender, meaning she is not expected to repeat her offense.  She will serve no more than six months in prison and then follow that up with 10 years probation.

The married mother of two cited depression, alcohol, abuse of perscription drugs and pressure from the boy as her reason in a 3-page signed statement she gave when she confessed.

I certainly don’t defend her, but it is nice to see one finally confess with no fuss or muss, and just take her punishment.  Still sickens me, but at least it ended quickly.

julie prtichettOur second lucky contestant today is Julie Pritchett.  Ms. Pritchett, a 34-year-old married woman, was a teacher at the Clay-Chalksville Middle School in Alabama.

In February of this year, Mr. Pritchett struck up a sexual realtionship with a 15-year-old student.  It seems the teenager couldn’t satisfy her as she then used his membership on the baseball team to get her seven more lovers from amongst his teammates.

Yes… a total of 8 students.

Only two of the boys were 15, placing them under the legal age of consent in Alabama.  The other six were over the age 16, and they are refusing to cooperate with the police.  The whole scenario was revealed when one of the 15-year-olds told his parents about what was going on.  The investigation is ongoing as the police feel it is possible there may yet be undiscovered victims.  if convicted of the sexual laisons with the underage boys, she is facing up to 20 years in prison.

It was just back in March I posted about three female teachers in one day, all of them from the same general locale of Tampa, FL.  I don’t get this.  Why is it only female teachers?  Excuse my gender bias, but aren’t most jokes/worries about teachers having sex with students usually about male teachers with their female students?  I can’t remember the last time I heard of that scenario happening, is it just hidden better, or does it just never happen?  There’s no way to say for sure, but all I know is I that I don’t get it.

Why I have talked about five female in the span of three months.  Is this problem getting worse?  Is it just reported more?  Has this been happening for years, and just no one talked about it?  The idea that a teacher does this once is deplorable enough, but to do it with eight separate students is just mind-boggling to me.  At some point don’t you think you might finally say, “You know, this is really wrong of me,” instead of being all, “I am done with you, help me find another lover!”

Without knowing the details of their private lives, it is difficult to say what drove them to their actions, but does it really matter?  No, it doesn’t.  I hope they all enjoy their time in prison.

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