Teacher accused of soliciting prostitute

Teacher accused of soliciting prostitute

There are 34 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Mar 19, 2009, titled Teacher accused of soliciting prostitute. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A Byron Center teacher is facing charges for allegedly soliciting a prostitute in Grand Rapids.

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dang

Jenison, MI

#1 Mar 19, 2009
you Byron folks sure know how to pick your teachers!!!
violence with violence

Salt Lake City, UT

#2 Mar 19, 2009
He should teach school in Nevada where its legal.
So What

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Mar 19, 2009
Isn't this guy a Special Ed teacher at the middle school? That causes me a great deal of concern that he'd behave this way and be in charge of kids during the day.
But admin leave for yet another teacher. Of course innocent until proven guilty applies here because he's a teacher, but if he was a cop it would be GUILTY as charged, criminal justice process be damned.
disagree

United States

#4 Mar 19, 2009
dang wrote:
you Byron folks sure know how to pick your teachers!!!
Hey this guy is a awsom teacher.My downsdrome son had him for a teacher for many years.I don't care one bit about him solicating a hooker,he needs some way to get rid of all that stress!!!Tim I'm in your corner,I can't thank you enough for everything you helped my son learn.Were all sinners just some of us get caught and others don't.Bless you and your family in the up coming days.Take care!!God know's what you have done for others..Tim my son is 32 NOW because of your help!

Since: Sep 08

United States

#5 Mar 19, 2009
Why is he charged with a felony, these are routinely hanlded with a misdemeanor, Soliciting, they have charged him with Gross Indecency. Is there a new policy to charge all johns with Gross Indecency or just teachers.
byron schools parent

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Mar 19, 2009
dang wrote:
you Byron folks sure know how to pick your teachers!!!
us byron folks?? im quite sure that my memory serves me right by saying that this has happened in many other districts before also. and in some even worse circumstances than what our teacher is charged with. no one should judge him without knowing the true facts. BCPS is an excellent school system and yes, what he did was wrong, but we have all made mistakes and i wouldnt want to see him losing his job over this. it did not involve any of our kids so lets just say a prayer for this teacher and be supportive of all those involved

Since: Sep 08

United States

#7 Mar 19, 2009
I almost fogot did the prosecutor's office charge the KCSD Sgt. with a felony when he got caught down on 28th St. negotiating with a decoy hooker.
Kyle

Broomfield, CO

#8 Mar 19, 2009
A person getting caught for trying to have sex with a CONSENTING ADULT of the opposite sex is so far down the list of what I would consider "criminal behavior". Unfortunately the local media will do its best to destroy his(and families) life. My thoughts and wishes of a way past this go out to Tim and his family.
Kareva

Jackson, MI

#9 Mar 19, 2009
Why is his picture plastered across the front page? I am sure many other men have been arrested also but where are their pics? Just because he is a teacher doesn't mean he should be demonized. Why is he any more guilty than a banker, lawyer, etc ? Probably none of his students would even know about it if it weren't front page news.
byron schools parent

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Mar 19, 2009
disagree wrote:
<quoted text>Hey this guy is a awsom teacher.My downsdrome son had him for a teacher for many years.I don't care one bit about him solicating a hooker,he needs some way to get rid of all that stress!!!Tim I'm in your corner,I can't thank you enough for everything you helped my son learn.Were all sinners just some of us get caught and others don't.Bless you and your family in the up coming days.Take care!!God know's what you have done for others..Tim my son is 32 NOW because of your help!
amen!!!!!!
gRANDrAGISDY

Grandville, MI

#11 Mar 19, 2009
ER BODY NEEDS A LITTLE TANG, I JUST DON'T KNOW WHY HE DON'T GO DOWN TO IONIA AND GET SOME HO FROM THE BARS. ITLL COST LESS AND ITS LEGAL FO SHO.
shelbelle

Hudsonville, MI

#13 Mar 19, 2009
No different than the coke charge on the Caledonia Elementary teacher. Hold them to a higher standard of decency because they work with kids. If he's not fired, parents and students will get skeeved out if placedin his class anyway and he'll be a joke. Middle school is cruel...
david

Canton, OH

#14 Mar 19, 2009
better than soliciting a minor. why is it our business if he goes out looking for a piece of hinny? hope he got his $$$ worth before some nosy bored cop ruined his fun.

Since: Sep 08

United States

#15 Mar 19, 2009
byron schools parent wrote:
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us byron folks?? im quite sure that my memory serves me right by saying that this has happened in many other districts before also. and in some even worse circumstances than what our teacher is charged with. no one should judge him without knowing the true facts. BCPS is an excellent school system and yes, what he did was wrong, but we have all made mistakes and i wouldnt want to see him losing his job over this. it did not involve any of our kids so lets just say a prayer for this teacher and be supportive of all those involved
No he should not be judged and should not be charged with a felony if all he did was discuss sex with a decoy cop. All kinds of people in all walks of life have been convicted of this over the years, all charged with misdemeanors, why a felony here.
english please

United States

#16 Mar 19, 2009
gRANDrAGISDY wrote:
ER BODY NEEDS A LITTLE TANG, I JUST DON'T KNOW WHY HE DON'T GO DOWN TO IONIA AND GET SOME HO FROM THE BARS. ITLL COST LESS AND ITS LEGAL FO SHO.
Translation? Anyone...anyone?
What does this have to do with astronauts?
Kareva

Jackson, MI

#17 Mar 19, 2009
I want to know why this man is held to a higher standard than a banker, doctor, lawyer, clerk etc.? All he did was solicit a prostitute. Everyone makes mistakes but not everyone gets caught. I hope the people who are so judgmental don't live in glass houses. It's not like he had sex with a student or killed someone. Judge not lest you be judged.
homerj

Canton, MI

#18 Mar 19, 2009
No story here. Big whup.
KMR

Colorado Springs, CO

#19 Mar 19, 2009
GR Pete wrote:
Why is he charged with a felony, these are routinely hanlded with a misdemeanor, Soliciting, they have charged him with Gross Indecency. Is there a new policy to charge all johns with Gross Indecency or just teachers.
no one cares what you think pete
okeN

Allegan, MI

#20 Mar 19, 2009
GR Pete wrote:
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No he should not be judged and should not be charged with a felony if all he did was discuss sex with a decoy cop. All kinds of people in all walks of life have been convicted of this over the years, all charged with misdemeanors, why a felony here.
Hey Pete. Do you have a copy of the arrest warrant? Do you have some privileged information that tells you that he should be only charged with a misdemeanor? How about we wait and see exactly what he has done. It's a shame this guy is going to lose his career because he couldn't get some without paying for it. That alone says looser.

And for those that think hooking is hurting no one: Where there is a hooker, there are drugs. Where there are drugs, there are guns. Where there are guns, people get hurt.
DJL

Hudsonville, MI

#21 Mar 19, 2009
disagree wrote:
<quoted text>Hey this guy is a awsom teacher.My downsdrome son had him for a teacher for many years.I don't care one bit about him solicating a hooker,he needs some way to get rid of all that stress!!!Tim I'm in your corner,I can't thank you enough for everything you helped my son learn.Were all sinners just some of us get caught and others don't.Bless you and your family in the up coming days.Take care!!God know's what you have done for others..Tim my son is 32 NOW because of your help!
That's how you deal with stress, go get a hooker?
You have to be kidding me.
What would you say if this teacher were a counselor in school and told students to deal with stress that way?
Strange people out there.

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