Byron Center teacher arrested for inappropriate photos of student

Investigators say a Byron Center High School teacher took inappropriate photos of a student in class. Full Story
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Since: Oct 07

out in the sticks

#285 Aug 8, 2008
Wow! I am absolutely shocked with the guilty verdict! I wish I knew what the jury saw and heard to come up with that? Just the testimony, etc that they showed on the news, I thought the teacher was very believable, and with no direct evidence, I thought for sure that they would find him innocent.
Ashlea

United States

#286 Aug 8, 2008
My prayers are with Mr. Sanger and his family. I can't believe a jury can convict someone "beyond a shadow of a doubt" when the only evidence leads to nothing but doubt. Whatever happened to the fact that the jury must be convinced of the accused's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt? Reasonable here means "logical and rational; beyond question; no doubt." I too would like to know what concrete physical evidence the jury saw to be able to, in good conscience, come up with a quilty verdict. Mr. Sanger did a great job of teaching my kids to drive. He was a good teacher and did a great job coaching my kids in track. They have missed him immensely. I hope too that he appeals. We love you, Mr. Sanger. You have our support and our prayers.
allie

Dearborn, MI

#287 Aug 9, 2008
Jaylynne wrote:
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Ok Marie, how would you feel if he took a picture up your daughters skirt...I believe in inosent until proven guilty, but if he his proven guilty he deserves to pay the price.
...but he's not guilty b/c the girl is a liar. she changes her story every time. look at the people she hangs around and ask her peers. they will tell you what shes like
allie

Dearborn, MI

#288 Aug 9, 2008
BC Parent wrote:
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I know that they exist!!!! I do not fear what you are saying....I know for a fact that they exist. As I stated previously, they have shown these photos to the girls from the past two years previous the allegations. Since my own child was one of the individuals questioned as to whether or not one of these photos featured her skirt, I know, sorry guys they do exist. The photos are not only in his room, but up a skirt. Period ended. Sorry to burst the bubble of those who were in disbelief. Also, since we've raised the issue of slander???? What about what Mr. Sanger's daughter is stating about the victim and witnesses? Contact the detective, community school officer or even get your own bottom line down town as I did and read the evidence information line for line. No slander here only the truth that you are unable to accept but are able to except. And, remember that the 400 adult pornography photos are in a report that is as well public record...see for yourself. Quote from report (sorry about sp or gram, word for word). Tim Crothers,(KCSD-Computer Specialist), "advised at this point he was able to retrieve 400 deleted adult pornography photographs and twelve photographs (found on memory card-seized during search warrant) of what would be viewed as an attempt view under a skirt. Later it was determined that the pictures taken was not the same skirt as ********** however; it does show these pictures (which came of computer and memory cards sized during search warrant)were taken in Mr. Sanger's classroom." Kent County Sheriff Department Affidavit of Probable Cause, 06/12/07. Date stamp on these photos were 2005. Believe me, there is an evidence trail with precise ties to this teacher, his camera's, computers and storage. All I have to say is what everyone continues to state in support of Mr. Sanger. You are trying the victim here and not the individual that has been charged. Our system, the detective, community officer, and prosecutor involved are not out to get anyone, they are doing their job and all very experienced.
hold up! ok you're kinda making yourself look like an idiot. first of all - how easy would it be to plant false evidence on a computer. pretty sure a 15 year old, that most likely knows how to use computers and download stuff onto it. not that hard. and who the f*** care's if he watches porno. your kid prolly looks at it all day long. does that make him a pedophile. no it doesn't. they have to get off somehow. and im sure they're aren't the only ones. and did you physically see those pictures. i didn't think so. people need to quite making themselves look like asses
BC Parent

Grand Rapids, MI

#289 Aug 10, 2008
This guy has some real issues. Humiliated a young lady who was overweight to a point where she was crying in class. Tried to get some students to tease another about a facial blemish which would require surgery to remove. Told one young lady she certainly developed over the summer. These comments we made and reported to the former principal and are facts.Allowed male students to bring up photos of Pamela Anderson in calass and they shared commetns while femals students were present. This guy had no business being around young people.
JoJo

Holland, MI

#290 Aug 10, 2008
He will be OK, some liberal will turn the criminal into the victim and the liberal court will feel sorry for him and let him off with a slap on the wrist.
then latter when he rapes or kills the same liberals will blame "the system".
see it many times.

Since: Dec 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#291 Aug 11, 2008
Don't be an idiot "Jojo." This is a conservative town that is persecuting him. LOLZ at your ignorance.

Anyway I hardly think political party matters right now. What matters is the fact that an innocent man is getting time on basically nothing more than allegations. It's wrong.
one who knows the truth

Grand Rapids, MI

#292 Aug 12, 2008
I hope the originator of this blog wakes up and takes it away. There are things being said about the Sangers that could lead to legal action. For everyones sake lets stop this thing now before there is more trouble. The community is divided forever and many people have lost their trust in the Byron Center school system and the legal system.
The real truth has not yet come out but it probably will in time. In the mean time we know that Mr. Sanger is innocent and that his life is not over. He is a strong man with no regrets. He can look over his shoulder because he KNOWS he is was FOUND guilty by a jury but they were wrong.
obamamama

United States

#293 Aug 25, 2008
Ya think? Regardless of how one feels about our judicial system in this country let alone this county, Helen Brinkman and her team are a credit to this judicial system. She has prosecuted and rightly so other sexual crimes and criminals thus reminding we parents that justice lives. Remember that there were jurors all of whom did not know the individuals involved and were able to make a clear decision as to whether this teacher was guilty or innocent. The fact is, this community believes the action(s) of this teacher were acceptable; just another one of his "episodes". This community needs to look within their lives, morals and ethics, then begin to lift up the young women in this community instead of the generational practice of disresprect. This teacher's continued methods and character of behavior were only acceptable in Byron Center. Hopefully this administration will utilize this experience as a tool to begin life's truest lesson's regarding respect for women and minorities. What is considered "OK" in BC has nothing to do with the law. Mothers, I would be thanking these girls for coming forward and standing up for not only themselves but each of your daughters. God Bless.

One last question? Why did his wife or family not choose to take the stand to verify the ownership of the memory card and questions regarding the cameras owned by the family to clear his name? Sorry, I read about this previously and was questioning why this was not part of his defense?
one who knows the truth wrote:
I hope the originator of this blog wakes up and takes it away. There are things being said about the Sangers that could lead to legal action. For everyones sake lets stop this thing now before there is more trouble. The community is divided forever and many people have lost their trust in the Byron Center school system and the legal system.
The real truth has not yet come out but it probably will in time. In the mean time we know that Mr. Sanger is innocent and that his life is not over. He is a strong man with no regrets. He can look over his shoulder because he KNOWS he is was FOUND guilty by a jury but they were wrong.
John

Hampton, VA

#294 Oct 10, 2008
obamamama wrote:
Ya think? Regardless of how one feels about our judicial system in this country let alone this county, Helen Brinkman and her team are a credit to this judicial system. She has prosecuted and rightly so other sexual crimes and criminals thus reminding we parents that justice lives. Remember that there were jurors all of whom did not know the individuals involved and were able to make a clear decision as to whether this teacher was guilty or innocent. The fact is, this community believes the action(s) of this teacher were acceptable; just another one of his "episodes". This community needs to look within their lives, morals and ethics, then begin to lift up the young women in this community instead of the generational practice of disresprect. This teacher's continued methods and character of behavior were only acceptable in Byron Center. Hopefully this administration will utilize this experience as a tool to begin life's truest lesson's regarding respect for women and minorities. What is considered "OK" in BC has nothing to do with the law. Mothers, I would be thanking these girls for coming forward and standing up for not only themselves but each of your daughters. God Bless.
One last question? Why did his wife or family not choose to take the stand to verify the ownership of the memory card and questions regarding the cameras owned by the family to clear his name? Sorry, I read about this previously and was questioning why this was not part of his defense?
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That's kind of an ignorant statement to say it only happens in BC. It happens everywhere, wether it gets reported or not. Teachers are people who are personable and human. Though you have your opinion, to say it's b/c it's Byron Center is ridiculous.
Bob barker

Grand Rapids, MI

#295 Mar 2, 2009
Get ready for an appeal! State of Michigan is in trouble
plowbird

Barrington, IL

#296 Apr 4, 2009
Bob barker wrote:
Get ready for an appeal! State of Michigan is in trouble
So has an appeal been filed? It will be interesting to see how high it has to go before someone with sense remembers that you can't convict someone without any evidence. You can check those data cards with free software and find pretty much anything that was ever on there. If there's nothing there, how can they say he did anything? We'll see ...
katy

Grand Rapids, MI

#297 Mar 5, 2013
rediculous

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