Cook to serve 59 months; be supervised for life"
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#1 Apr 3, 2010
This is right and wrong at the same time. Mick can destroy many people and make some loose there homes and their way of life. Mick hurt many children in his actions and he only gets 24 months. There is no justice in the present system. I guess it is who you know and not what you do. Barb and Rod your day is comming Lets hope soon.
Micah Cook, the former USD 475 senior high school teacher who had an unlawful relationship with a 15-year-old student, was ordered to serve 59 months in prison during her sentencing hearing Friday afternoon in Geary County District Court.
The 59 month sentence is in connection with three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child that occurred in spring 2009.
Cook was also ordered to serve one year in jail for three counts of violating a protection/no contact order. This stems from her contact with the victim in September 2009.
The sentences will run concurrently.
Cook will be under post-release supervision for the rest of her life and will have to register as a sex offender and pay any restitution that might be found necessary.
Cook has 10 days to appeal the court's sentence.
The defense had asked for the court to depart from the normal sentencing guidelines to allow Cook to undergo extensive, long-term therapy.
Psychologist Dr. David Mouille, a witness for the defense, testified that Cook suffered from PTSD and borderline personality disorder.
He said these disorders may have affected her judgement and made her more likely to enter unhealthy relationships.
""They essentially made her a woman that can't say no,"" Mouille said.
His proposed treatment plan for Cook would have included extensive psychological therapy paired with extension court supervision. The goal of the treatment would have been to teach Cook how to build healthy relationships and ""operate in the adult world.""
However, Mouille said these issues would likely be problems Cook would deal with for the rest of her life.
The defense suggested that Cook's disorders came from a long history of abuse from males. Cook's parents testified that she had a history of physically or verbally abusive relationships.
It was suggested by the defense that Cook entered into a relationship with the minor in question, because he was unlike the rest of the men she had been involved with.
Assistant County Attorney Michelle Brown asked Cook if she entered into a relationship with the minor because she was unable to have successful, sexual relationships with adults.
Cook testified that hadn't been her intention and she had developed feelings for the minor over time.
""Miss Cook, he's a child,"" Brown said. ""If you don't know how you got there, how do you know you won't be there again?""
Brown said Cook's violations of protection and no contact orders suggest she would be unable to follow the guidelines of the defense's proposed extensive therapy program.
After testimony from Cook, her parents, Dr. Mouille, and the victim's grandfather, the court decided there wasn't substantial reason to depart from the sentencing guidelines of 59 to 118 months in prison for her three convictions of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
#2 Apr 3, 2010
Jerry, this just goes to show the problem with mental illness in this country, and how easily some in the position of authority suffer from these afflictions, and slip thruogh the cracks of various screenining processes. We can only do our best to educate the innocent and remove the stigma of young males coming forward about sexual abuse by women. I appreciate your well-researched response, as evident by your exemplory prose and considerate, objective viewpoints. Happy Easter.
#3 Apr 3, 2010
Many would question whether a teenaged boy, who`s hormones and curiosity are raging, could possibly be a victim at the hands of an attractve, athletic,sexually skilled and experienced teacher, counselor, clergywoman, or mentor. Reverse the sexes, and a male teacher would be a predatory monster. Both kids are victims and both adults ARE sexual predators and should be exacted the same punishment.
#4 Apr 3, 2010
Who cares if someone is "sick", it dosn't change the criminal nature of thier conduct or the effects of thier actions on thier victims.
Ted Bundy was "sick", Manson is "sick" but thier victims are no less dead than they would be if the same actions were taken by someone thats not "sick". If this lady's "sickness" is going to cause her to be a predator of young boys the rest of her life then why screw around with a sentence of 59 months just have her put down and be done with it.
That being said I will agree that I am one of the "many" Equality refered to in that I question the "victim" status of a teenage boy haveing sexual relations with an attractive adult female, but I equally agree that if it had of been a young girl and a adult man the out cry for a stiff sentence would have been louder so fair is fair treat her the same.
Great job to "In the know" for having such a well written, researched, unbias post.
#5 Apr 3, 2010
Yes, thank you for copying and pasteing the story from The Daily Union Web site. I agree Ashley Strehle did a good job reporting the story
#6 Apr 4, 2010
i didnt realize anyone read the daily union
#7 Apr 4, 2010
You want justice? Go be a judge. Wait, that's pretty hard to do. First, judges have to have an intelligence level above a three year old. Second, they actually have to go to school and get an education. Well, that's too much work for some so instead they will come to this web site and voice their opinion on the current state of the justice system. What a bunch of vindictive morons.
#8 Apr 4, 2010
You could pursue being a judge to make a difference in the justice system; however as a judge your hands are still tied by how the law actually reads. The power to truly make changes is with the legislative branch of the government. To get into the legislative branch for the most part it takes more money than hard work or intelligence. As evidence of the ignorance permitted in the legislative branch I refer to the congressman from GA who earlier less week on the house floor expressed his concerns of Guam “capsizing”.
#9 Apr 4, 2010
Despite being a sex offender for life, Ms. Cook will always have it made. I`d venture to say she can easily marry a rich, attractive professional man, more so because of her past than in spite of it. Just an undeniable double standard. A man would be totally screwed and stigmatized for life in the same circumstances.
#10 Aug 29, 2010
justice is justice! but is it really justice when she has a obvious mental problem...she obviously needed more help than putting her out on bond...its obvious that prison was not on her mind something else was...past relationships have left a scar that nobody can heal...within our education systems we need to do a better screening process to see what type of people we are putting into our education systems...on top of that with the younger generations acting as if they are grown we as parents need to teach our children right from wrong and when to speak up when an adult in her position or any position is acting in this manner...it isnt cool kids, to be sleeping, flirting, etc. with any adult in any way when your 15...i would put money on this that she wasnt going after this student...she is not a monster and has fallen off the bus somewhere...i pray for her and her son...
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