Even though the students were old enough to consent, Kansas laws say teachers are in a position of power and they should not abuse that relationship.
"We think it sends a message that there's a responsibility that teachers have, and when they violate their duties and their responsibilities that criminal charges are appropriate," Howe explained.
Under state law, prosecutors are required to notify the state board of education of the conviction and sentencing. Such a conviction will result in Preston’s license to teach being revoked, a Department of Education official said, and would make it unlikely that it would ever be reinstated.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — Former Shawnee Mission West High School teacher Michelle Preston was sentenced Friday to 36 months probation for having sex with her students.
In April, Preston, 28, pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sex with a minor. Preston’s attorney, Scott Toth, said although her crimes carry a 31-month to 13-year prison sentence, by pleading guilty, Preston will not serve any prison time unless she violates her probation. If that occurs, she will spend 32 months in jail.
Preston must also register as a sex offender. However, under the agreement, she can have her record wiped clean in three years if there are no violations
A mother-of-five who had sex with underage boys to "reward" them for smashing a love rival's car has been jailed for two-and-a-half-years.
Davina Travi, 42, of Rochester Road, Bournemouth, held regular parties where she would allow children to smoke and drink, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.
The sex offences were revealed to a social worker by one of the boys.
Travi was found guilty of two offences of having sex with a child under the age of 16.
The court was told Travi had sex with the boys in return for them damaging her ex-lover's partner's car.
But the woman claimed the boys were lying and said it was impossible for her to have sex with them due to a medical condition.
Maria Sciberras, for the prosecution, said: "It was the prosecution case that Davina Travi incited the two youths to commit criminal damage upon her ex-lover's partner's car with the promise of rewarding them with sex.
"There is no doubt that she used the age and immaturity of these youths for her own advantage."
In addition to her jail sentence, Travi was banned from having unsupervised contact with young boys, except for family members, and placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Are you nuts?
And the charge against that teacher was unlawful sex with a minor--two of the students were under 18.
Bill is a moron. This is about protecting minors from adult sexual preditors. Nothing to do with gender, but as always he likes to cast himself as a victim.
Florida teacher sexual misconduct cases: a list
April 25, 2010
The Sun Sentinel
In the past five years, more than 175 Florida teachers have had their licenses revoked for sexual misconduct ranging from inappropriate comments to touching and actual affairs with students. Other teachers have been accused of or arrested for alleged sexual misdeeds, and their cases are still winding through school disciplinary proceedings and the courts.
Complaints against teachers take two tracks: a police investigation if criminal activity may be involved, and an administrative investigation to determine disciplinary action. The administrative investigations are handled first by the school district. If substantiated, the district can take action ranging from reprimands to dismissal. The districts must also determine whether the teacher's conduct may have violated the code of ethics. Those cases are referred to the state Department of Education, which conducts its own investigation to determine whether action should be taken against the teacher's license. If "probable cause" is found to indicate a teacher has violated ethics rules or laws, the Education Commissioner files a formal complaint with specific allegations. Improper relations with students carry the most severe penalty: revocation of the teacher's license, called an educator's certificate. The state Education Practices Commission issues a formal order revoking the teacher's certificate and adopting the allegations as fact. Even in cases where teachers surrender their licenses or choose not to contest the charges, the allegations are still considered proven and their certificates revoked.
Here are cases of teachers from South Florida and other parts of the state and their acts of misconduct as described in police reports and disciplinary documents filed by the state Education Practices Commission.
Their relationship started when he was her math tutor. Alex Anninos, a teacher at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, was 30 and his student 17. Their tutoring sessions progressed to dating and sex. The girl told school investigators she was in love with the teacher. Anninos resigned, and the state took away his teaching license in December 2007.
John Cowmeadow, a Coral Springs Middle School science teacher, sent e-mails to one of his former students, then 14, referring to himself as Mr. Moo. "You don't have to say you love me,'' wrote Cowmeadow, 55 at the time. "I feel it when we hug … when I close my eyes I see the top of your head and feel you on my shoulder." The student's mother reported the e-mails to the principal. Cowmeadow retired, and the state revoked his teaching license in March 2005.
Alain Cupas is serving a 30-year prison sentence for molesting a 15-year-old student at Everglades High School in Miramar, where he was a wrestling coach. While escorting the student to class, Cupas, then 28, kissed and fondled her and exposed himself. The girl testified at his trial last year that Cupas backed her against a wall and said, "Damn, you're so fine, you're so sexy. I shouldn't be doing this. I could get fired for this.''
High school teacher Gerard Czwartacky made inappropriate sexual comments and touched female students. In one case, the former teacher at Cypress Bay High School in Weston discussed an upcoming class party with a student, pulling her close and saying, "We will have our own party.'' He played with students' hair, rubbed their backs and once traced a line with his finger on the body of an 18-year-old student, touching her from below her breast to her waist. Czwartacky, then 55, resigned. His license was revoked in January 2008.
Orville Edwards Jr. was arrested in April on charges that he had sex with an eighth-grader at Ricklands Middle School in Oakland Park. Edwards, 36, asked the girl to meet him in his science classroom, then took her to a lab and had sex with her, a Broward Sheriff's Office report said. Edwards acknowledged to investigators that he had a relationship with the student, brought to light when someone discovered a sexually explicit text message on a cell phone. His case is pending.
High school history teacher Philip Gioco exchanged hundreds of text messages with five male students and called them "during all hours on school days, weekends and during breaks,'' a state disciplinary complaint says. The Hollywood Hills High School teacher supplied students with alcohol, bought them dinner and gave two of them money. He did not contest the allegations, and the state revoked his teaching license in January 2009.
This is not about consent, it has nothing to do with professional behavior on the part of teachers.
Bold campaign raising awareness about date rape
By Larissa Barlow
Posted 3 hours ago
A bold new campaign from the YWCA of Banff bringing awareness to date rape wants men to take notice and to “don’t be that guy.”
The Be Date Rape Aware/ Don’t Be That Guy campaign has posters going up in Banff nightclubs with some in-your-face images and messages about date rape. One image shows a woman passed out on a couch with the message “Just because she isn’t saying no… doesn’t mean she’s saying yes,” and another shows a man helping a woman into a car with the note, “Just because you help her home… doesn’t mean you get to help yourself.”
The messaging is a departure from other date rape awareness campaigns that generally target women — as the potential victim — to watch their drinks in bars and to always stay with a friend.
“What we know from the research is those campaigns aren’t working,” said Kathryn Williams, director of programs and community support for the YWCA. “They’re not doing anything except to continue to perpetuate myths around females that feel like it’s their fault when there’s an alcohol fuelled date rape situation, because after all these campaigns, women will go back and say, ‘well, I didn’t watch my drink I didn’t have a friend,’ and they’ll blame it on themselves.”
This campaign targets men, and focuses on how sex without consent is sexual assault.
“We know one in four women will experience an incident of sexual assault in their lifetime,” Williams said of the national statistic.
“In Banff we’re no different, and actually it is a big issue especially considering the alcohol (issues) in our community.
“Alcohol is the most common and prevalent date rape drug, but it’s not readily recognized as a tool used by perpetrators.”
Over the next few months, Williams said they hope to have posters in all nightclubs and some bars to bring awareness to how frequently alcohol is used in situations of sexual assault.
The poster will have a QR code that links to a website with common myths, statistics and contact information for support services.
As part of the campaign, the YWCA will also be giving out coasters to bars with less shocking imagery that includes some facts about date rape.
A similar campaign was run in Edmonton, and the YWCA of Banff received funding from the Banff Community Foundation to run one here throughout the summer.
Williams said the messaging may be shocking, but it needs to be to generate conversations about date rape.
“It’s a serious issue, you need to be bold to get people to take notice,” she said.
“Half of sexual assaults that young adults are experience are under the influence of alcohol.”
Locally, Bow Valley Victims Services responded and worked with 12 Banffites in 28 months who had survived a sexual assault.
For the Bow Valley as a whole, 38 people received support after a sexual assault.
One image shows a woman passed out on a couch with the message “Just because she isn’t saying no… doesn’t mean she’s saying yes,”
just because she is kissing you and rubbing your dick does not mean she is saying yes (has appropreatly consented thus freeing the man from potential rape convictions).......either. THAT is the kind of BS which the law is headed towards. It is time for all good citzens to scream ENOUGHT!