Hear from Jason Van Houtte's victim, ...

Hear from Jason Van Houtte's victim, and his interview with police

There are 194 comments on the WQAD story from May 17, 2010, titled Hear from Jason Van Houtte's victim, and his interview with police. In it, WQAD reports that:

A former Quad City teacher headed to prison for sexually abusing a 15-year old student used threats and intimidation to get her to go along.

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Carla

Savage, MN

#1 May 19, 2010
I don't think our tax dollars are being utilized well when they're being used to put this man in prison for the next 10 years. What he did was wrong but how is this sentence going to rehabilitate him? He is going to be free again one day...I'd rather see the courts make him undergo intense counseling (at his expense) and he should be ordered to pay her counseling fees as well. He should be on supervised probation for 3-5 yrs. and not allowed to teach or coach minor children ever again. Putting him in prison is not the answer, he's not a child abductor, rapist, murderer....Prison does not rehabilitate people it makes them better criminals when they get out. Add to that the fact that finding a job after being in prison is virtually impossible so then you have more crime, repeat offenders... Many of you will say "who cares if he finds a job or gets counseling, he doesn't deserve it!" Well it's that attitude that perpetuates this insane ignorance. We're all paying for this and if he's going to be free one day and isn't rehabilitated and able to find a job then guess what?? He's going to be taking from society and not contributing. God knows we already have more "takers" than contributors.
enough is enough

Danville, IA

#2 May 19, 2010
because the family has been trying so hard to get sympathy and make this guy out to be so horrible, they are actually making things worse on themselves. I am just waiting for the day that he decides to share his story. All we hear is her side and the Geraldo Rivera wanna be...Chris Minor, and all of her brilliant commentary. I don't think the girl wants any part of this media circus, and she is simply being used by her mom and Chris Minor to stir things up. I thought this case was settled? I thought he admitted his role and is going to deal with his ridiculous sentence of 12 years (too long). So why are we still trying to make this into a case in the media? Probably because in the courtroom you can't lie, but in the media you can. Its obvious he made a mistake. And according to the law, the girl can't be held responsible for anything she did to make this happen. So why are they trying so hard to keep this story going. Get over it. He screwed up. And the girl played a big part in this. Own up to the truth and move on. It seems he has. But, if he wants to share his side of the story, I bet it would be very different than what they are claiming. And if they continue trying to destroy him and his family, then I hope he does tell his side.
no name

Moline, IL

#3 May 19, 2010
This is all insane! Facebook tells the whole story! And so many of the kids that went to school with this girl know the true story and know that she was bragging to them after the first time they had sex one girl got a text from julie saying "i just had sex with houtte :)" Maybe all these girls who know what really happened need to come forward and tell the truth! this man does not deserve to do 10.5 years in prison with REAL sex offenders and rapists! No wonder why all the kids in school want to Kick her ass now! they all know that she is full of it and is lying out her a**! you just wait they will try to make a lawsuit on the school! her mom is a money hungry B****!

ALL IM TRYING TO SAY IS THOES OF YOU OUT THERE THAT REALLY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND HAD TEXT FROM JULIE BRAGGING ABOUT SLEEPING WITH HIM NEED TO COME FORWARD YOU NEVER KNOW IT COULD HELP AND IF IT DOESNT AT LEAST YOU TRIED!
Concerned Viewer

Webster City, IA

#4 May 19, 2010
Chris, how about getting the other side of this story? You and I both know Julie isn't quite the victim you're portraying her to be. What Van Houtte did was absolutely wrong, no one is denying that, but painting him as a preying monster going after this "helpless and scared little girl" isn't quite accurate. What did she text him? Who dropped her off at his house? Did she indeed brag about this encounter to her friends? Where is her father? Is he really absent from her life? You NEED both sides here.

This is yellow journalism, Chris. Nothing more. And you can do better. You HAVE done better. And we NEED you to do better. Otherwise, I suggest you drop this story entirely. It's really hurting your credibility as a journalist. Oh sure, it might be entertaining but it's NOT journalism. You're above this Chris. I know you are.
agreed

Danville, IA

#5 May 19, 2010
I could not agree more. I have never seen someone so viciously attacked by the media like this. This is not a helpless child lured into a car by offers of candy. Report the news!!!!!!!!!! This is not news anymore. It was news at one point. It was news when the case was settled. Its NOT news anymore. It is a personal attack. All you are doing is making the girl suffer more and make yourself look worse. I used to enjoy channel 8 news. I will never tune in again. I am sorry to the good people that work there, but this is ridiculous.
Former Trooper

Sierra Vista, AZ

#6 May 19, 2010
None of the things you guys are talking about matter. It's all extra bull. The fact is...yes he screwed up, however you can't put a BUT after that like it's no big deal how bad he screwed up. Jason had every chance to say no to her, or go to his higher ups if he was feeling weak and thought he may do something wrong. She then could have found the help she needs and he would still have his beloved job that he constantly brought up. Jason, if you didn't want to lose your job, you should'nt have slept with a student.

Honestly, I get the desire to somehow show her that she helped ruin this mans life, but ultimatly he just had to walk away...and he knew that.

The stories have been really taky, and I agree that they're actually hurting her and her families public image.
Shut Up

Aledo, IL

#7 May 19, 2010
All you VanHoutte supporters here don't seem the least bit concerned that this was his second brush with the law over his deviant behavior. You also don't seem concerned that he had multiple underage victims according to numerous witnesses. Nor are you concerned about his "partying" with the 3 other underage girls that were set to testify against him. I therefore suspect you're somehow related to him.

If not, then you folks that support him need to get an education and a brain -- his conduct is typical of a sexual predator. And Ms. Minor's report WAS newsworthy because the police have not been able to determine yet if the "stars" of this sicko's sex tapes were underage. So perhaps this report will lead to some of the people in them coming forward. If he was filming underage people that will lead to further charges and if convicted he will never see daylight again.

As for getting his side of the story - my guess is he's too much of a coward to face a good interrogator like Chris Minor. He'd rather trash talk and lie about the girl behind her back without anybody questioning him. I know this because I've known him for years and that's how he operates.

And finally, why don't you VanHoutte supporters explain why he rarely, if ever, had relationships with women in his own age range?
somewhat correct

Chicago, IL

#8 May 19, 2010
I agree with some of what you said. I am sure he now thinks if he had just walked away things would be much better. And you are correct. But,(sorry had to use that word) its not that easy for teachers. What happens to these students when they go after their teachers? Even when they are reported do they get in trouble? I would be willing to bet he,or someone else has reported girls before. People at U.T., can you comment on that ?? Is that true and if it is, how was it handled?? And honestly, none of us know what the situation was like for him or for her. We are all just guessing. But to keep criticizing him I think is wrong. He is not going around trying to get support. He has kept to himself and dealt with the cameras, the questions, the lies, and these chat columns. He is not out trying to slam anyone. I have no reason to bash him at this point. He was wrong and he knows it. What is also wrong though is the way people want to claim they know the truth. We don't.
somewhat correct

Chicago, IL

#9 May 19, 2010
My post was in reference to "former trooper"'s comment. Not the person who claims to know the truth about everything. Who seems to know all the answers. And the fact that someone claims that Minor is a great reporter....well, I think you just lost any support you may have had. I am wondering why all this stuff was given to Channel to use in a report? Doesn't he have the right to withdraw his plea? How could he do that now if they are handing out all kinds of evidence? Strange way of handling things.
shocked

Iowa City, IA

#10 May 19, 2010
I'm pretty upset with the way everyone thinks vanhoutte didn't do a serious crime here. He is a sexual predator plain and simple. He's gotten away with it for years and you people think we're being too harsh on him. What would have happened if he would have moved on to something even worse before we put him behind bars. Yeah, I bet you all want to send your children to school with a sexual pretador lurking around. No one knows the whole story but her and houtte not even the gossipy jealous girls at UT, who think they do.
tired of this

United States

#11 May 19, 2010
I agree with the statement from "shocked" that only he and her know what happened. But the same applies to the all the thoughts that this has gone on for years. We don't know that. Yes you can play both sides. If it has gone on for years, then its about time something happened. But if it hasn't happened before and people keep saying it has, how is that right? I don't know if it has or hasn't happened. But I am tired of everyone claiming it has, and yet they have no basis for it other than they heard rumors. I mean, really, people say they know it happened. How do you know? What did you see? You said it yourself, high school girls are jealous, gossipy and will say anything. Including making stuff up about teachers. Nobody is saying they were a victim so I guess I have to say unless someone can prove he is a predator, then I am going to just say it is too bad for both people involved that this incident happened. I think he was sentenced as if he had done this many times. No one gets this much of a sentence for this. And if he was treated as a long time predator based on rumors I think its wrong. No one is claiming he is innocent. I think people are trying to find that middle road where a person made a mistake but, the role of the girl would be taken into consideration and a lesser sentence was invoked. Thats all.
kayla

Iowa City, IA

#12 May 19, 2010
my question is why isnt she getting in trouble???? i dont care how scared you are or anything you are 16 yrs old you know better and could of easily went to the cheerleadin coach and told her what vanhoutte was doin.....there was otherways of going about this rather then going over and sleeping with him....its clear she wanted to..........
Twiggy

Dwight, IL

#13 May 19, 2010
Concerned Viewer wrote:
Chris, how about getting the other side of this story? You and I both know Julie isn't quite the victim you're portraying her to be. What Van Houtte did was absolutely wrong, no one is denying that, but painting him as a preying monster going after this "helpless and scared little girl" isn't quite accurate. What did she text him? Who dropped her off at his house? Did she indeed brag about this encounter to her friends? Where is her father? Is he really absent from her life? You NEED both sides here.
This is yellow journalism, Chris. Nothing more. And you can do better. You HAVE done better. And we NEED you to do better. Otherwise, I suggest you drop this story entirely. It's really hurting your credibility as a journalist. Oh sure, it might be entertaining but it's NOT journalism. You're above this Chris. I know you are.
In response to your question about Julie's father: No, he is not absent from her life. He was denied any right to be in it by Nancy. The more he has tried to be involved in her life, the more trouble Nancy makes for him. This whole publicity thing is all about Nancy wanting attention, & trying to make Julie's dad look bad in the public eye. Nancy is nothing more than a habitual liar. Anyone that knows her personally is aware of that.
Twiggy

Dwight, IL

#14 May 19, 2010
kayla wrote:
my question is why isnt she getting in trouble???? i dont care how scared you are or anything you are 16 yrs old you know better and could of easily went to the cheerleadin coach and told her what vanhoutte was doin.....there was otherways of going about this rather then going over and sleeping with him....its clear she wanted to..........
Its clear that she wanted what? Are you 100% certain about what you're claiming?
Dick

Iowa City, IA

#15 May 19, 2010
I can't believe how many idiots are on here supporting this sick f**k. He has a family. He is a teacher. He messed around with a girl that was 15 YEARS OLD. I wouldn't want my daughter anywhere near a person like this. He should go to prison like all other sex offenders and deserves no sympathy. This sure as hell isn't the first time he has done this. What should he have done you ask? How about get her some professional help instead of take advantage of the situation.

For those that want to hear "both sides of the story". Really, the only defense he has is if he thought she was of age. Really. That's it and is certainly not the case here. What really bothers me is that numerous "big name" teacher at UT knew this sh*t was going on. I can't believe we have this many morons in the area that want to be "sympathetic" to this bull. Pull your heads out of your asses. Really. People like you are the reason this country is getting so f**ked up.

Shocked, Shut up, and former trooper...thank you for being normal.
noname

Coal Valley, IL

#16 May 19, 2010
Well DICK if this isnt the first time that he has done this why in the hell didnt you report it the school or the police. I dont think everyone is supporting him just letting people know that he was WRONG in his judgement and that just maybe she isnt that poor lil victim they protray her to be
Twiggy

Dwight, IL

#17 May 19, 2010
For those of you who are bashing Julie: Why don't you get to know what her home life is like with her mother. If you do, you might not feel so compelled to bash her like you do, & will understand her more. Also, it would do you some good to educate yourselves about the subject of molestation too.
Dick

Iowa City, IA

#18 May 19, 2010
Hello noname. If I would have known before the last month, I would have. You must have missed the part about how they found other videos of him with underage girls. Who is "they"? The media? She probably isn't that nice and innocent, but she is a victim. That doesn't take away his responsibility as a public teacher to have take the moral high ground here and obey the law. It's not a defense to say, "oh she dressed slutty, and came on to me, and she totally wanted it..." Are you serious? I hope not. And I doubt you mean "everyone", because I guarantee that YOU and the other idiots here, are in the minority. The one correct part of the ramble you wrote is that he was wrong in his judgement. I agree.
Twiggy

Dwight, IL

#19 May 19, 2010
To Dick: Thank you for your posts. You've got it together. Wish the other people who have commented here, had your common sense.
noname

Coal Valley, IL

#20 May 19, 2010
well dick i dont think it ever came out that the videos were of him and underaged girls. if it happend only once then i could agree with you on the fact that she is a victim but to find a ride three more times to his house for more i would have to say she knew what was going on and didnt mind it. again he is guilty and wrong in every way

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