Former McHenry High School teacher pl...

Former McHenry High School teacher pleads guilty to sexually ab...

There are 21 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 11, 2008, titled Former McHenry High School teacher pleads guilty to sexually ab.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A former special-education teacher at a McHenry County high school was sentenced Tuesday to 2 years of probation and ordered to pay $5,300 in fines and fees after she pleaded guilty to having sex with a ...

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#1 Mar 11, 2008
I am a woman, but I have to wonder if this lady would have been slapped on the wrist (the way she was) if she had been a guy!!
Eye Watcher

United States

#2 Mar 11, 2008
Ducky wrote:
I am a woman, but I have to wonder if this lady would have been slapped on the wrist (the way she was) if she had been a guy!!
Others females have endured much harder sentences for the same crime. She got off easy. If a guy with a student chance!

United States

#3 Mar 11, 2008
Where were all these naughty women teachers when I was 17?!?!?!
Big Dave

Mount Prospect, IL

#4 Mar 11, 2008
I think the sentence is ridiculous. She has already lost her job/career. Now she has to register as a sex offender and let's charge her 5 grand too. I presume we are referencing a 17 year old consenting boy/man. The age of consent is 17 in Illinois unless with an adult who is in a fiduciary position. If she wasn't his teacher then it wasn't a fiduciary relationship. Four days before he turned 18...Ridiculous waste of time and money. Seems just as silly as mandatory minimum drug sentences.

Melrose Park, IL

#5 Mar 11, 2008
This is such a farce. If a guy had sex with his female student he would go to prison for years.

United States

#7 Mar 11, 2008
If this was a male teacher, he would have had his picture plastered all over the media, given a long prison sentence, and been labeled a pedophile for life!

She gets off with a minor slap on the hand in comparison and the public perceives that she is the victim because she is a woman!

I'm sure she was a feather in the cap of the 17 year old and that his encounter with her was not one sided, but then the same standards should apply to men.

Tallahassee, FL

#8 Mar 11, 2008
If she were a he there would be some jail time/

Woodridge, IL

#9 Mar 11, 2008
Big Dave, you couldn't have said it better!
me me

Hinsdale, IL

#10 Mar 11, 2008
she should get more than that for a punishment. if it were a man she would be in deeper caca...I say this as a woman.

“<insert witty comment here>”

Since: Jul 07

United States

#11 Mar 11, 2008
Wow, big shock. Female teacher does no jail time, but a male teacher would be sent away for years for doing the same thing. Women are right, they are treated differently than men...

Evanston, IL

#12 Mar 11, 2008
that's hot

Thornton, IL

#13 Mar 11, 2008
wrecksracer wrote:
Where were all these naughty women teachers when I was 17?!?!?!
Oh Hell YES!!!!
Jim Boyd

United States

#14 Mar 11, 2008
Whats the Difference Between a Female teacher and Male teacher?
About 7 Years vs. probation. Dear Judge and proscuter what the difference between sex abusers, could you maybe clairfy it for everybody?

Thank You
Top Chicago Journalist

Chicago, IL

#15 Mar 11, 2008
This devil, this dirtbag creep, she's the lowest of all creatures. Man, society is messed up in the suburbs. And to think, they think they are better than anyone else too! What a sexual deviant, monster. Go back to Poland, where that is accepted...and this is coming from a top chicago journalist too.

Chesterfield, MO

#17 Mar 11, 2008
I am not concerned that he was only 4 days from his 18th birthday; what she did was wrong. Bottom line - he was a student and she was a teacher.

South Charleston, OH

#18 Mar 11, 2008
I think other male students should get together and beat that sissy-whimpy male, student so bad he's unable to remember who beat him.
jay the joke

Atlanta, GA

#19 Mar 11, 2008
Top Chicago Journalist = Jay Mariotti.
Lake Forest


#20 Mar 11, 2008
There is something seriously out-of-wack with this country if we treat someone having sex with a seventeen-year-old the same as someone having sex with a seven-year-old.

A seventeen-year-old is an adult for all intents and purposes. Treating the boy like a victim and the teacher like a child-molester is beyond ridiculous!

And that would even be true if we ignore the fact that the article says that "the sexual encounter occurred four days before the boy turned 18."

Glenview, IL

#21 Mar 14, 2008
Teacher = person of authority who is trusted with the education and protection of our kids.

She has NO NO NO business being in any kind of relationship with any student. She is TWICE his freakin age! desperate do you have to be? I agree that she is getting off easy...nice work by her attorney. She wouldn't get off this easy if she was a guy BUT I am not exactly saying this was a situation where the student was taken advantage of either. I am sure he knew full well what he was doing but that doesn't change the fact that a teacher should NEVER have anything more than the teacher/student relationship with a student!

These stories sure are getting to be common these days. Every time you open a news source (fox news, yahoo etc) there seems to be another one!

Glenview, IL

#22 Mar 14, 2008
Lake Forest...I do agree with you. There is a HUGE difference with ages. I don't have as much of a problem with the age thing...its the fact that she was a teacher. It would be like a boss and someone he was in charge of. Now granted her penalty (sex offender and stuff) is coming because of the age and maybe that is a little ridiculous...but couldn't she have held off for 4 more days? Her stupidity just cost her a lot of money and embarrassment!

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