Teacher sentenced for perjury in rape...

Teacher sentenced for perjury in rape trial

There are 104 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 1, 2007, titled Teacher sentenced for perjury in rape trial. In it, Newsday reports that:

A West Islip special education teacher was sentenced to three years probation Wednesday for lying on the witness stand during the trial of her husband -- a fellow teacher convicted of having sex with an ...

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Since: Jul 07

Denver, CO

#96 Aug 3, 2007
Melissa wrote:
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I wonder what song you would be singing if it was YOUR 15 year old daughter? The term rape is being used because legally, that is what it is. A 15 year old lacks the capacity to consent.
Only in the eyes of society and the law. A 15 year old certainly has the mental capacity to consent. What happens when a 15 year old has sex with a 15 year old? Is'nt that consenting? Yes it is. I'm not defending guys that get with these young girls, just pointing out its really not the same thing as rape, which is non-consenting or forced sex
Bla bla

AOL

#97 Aug 3, 2007
I thought she was nice but maybe this happened becaus of her husband. I am going to Beach and I will fell bad. Soo long Miss. Melissa Cuesta.You were a great teacher and you always cheered me up even if I was taking regular classes.We'll miss you!:):)

Since: Jul 07

Denver, CO

#98 Aug 3, 2007
Rangers 4 Life wrote:
I would beat his ass up. It is not RAPE. I sick of this 15 year olds lack the capacity to consent. But if she "consented" with a 17 year old she has that capapcity?? THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING. Its always an excuse a 14 year old commits murder and gets juvenile hall because he doesnt have the capacity to know what he is doing? Give me break. Thats why Kids today get away with so much and are so bad. Because they are coddled.
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Are you then going to argue that beating the man up should not be considered assault?
Actual Juror on Case

Lavallette, NJ

#99 Aug 3, 2007
I was on this Jury that couldn't come to a decision. I would love to post exactly what happened in the trial but not sure if I can ( legally). Although , Danny Cuesta and Melissa Cuesta were both guilty of the charges brought against them .I commend the ADA in the job she did. Danny is a lucky man taht he took the plea, because if it went to trial again he would have been found guilty. Why we couldnt? Not sure if I can discuss. Maybe if a lawyer or someone from the DA's office is reading they can guide me as to what can be said.
Actual Juror on Case

Lavallette, NJ

#100 Aug 3, 2007
alliecatt wrote:
Finally, from what I read, it appears as if she CHOSE to testify on her husband's behalf. Therefore, nobody forced her to do anything. Marital privilege, like other types of privilege can be waived.
You are correct. She was a witness for the defense( her husband). So the DA has the right to cross examine any witness that testifies for him

“The Yankees are my Daddy......”

Since: May 07

MCAGCC, 29 Palms, CA

#101 Aug 4, 2007
It Definately is assault. However I highly doubt I would ever be CONVICTED by a jury of my peers. If I was convicted My sentence would probably be close to nil however I would gladly do my time for my vengeance for someone touching my daughter.
Gregg in Denver wrote:
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Are you then going to argue that beating the man up should not be considered assault?
Disappointed

Bayonne, NJ

#102 Aug 5, 2007
faust wrote:
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Your profile that YOU filled out says Brentwood, you so proud of that dump that you can't let go?
Where did I grow up? Amagansett, just off of Indian Wells Highway. A cute LI town that only lets Brentwood folk in if they know how to cook and clean.
I hope you dont think your a Christian?
Disappointed

Bayonne, NJ

#103 Aug 5, 2007
I hope you dont think you are a Christian?
Melissa

Richmond Hill, NY

#104 Aug 6, 2007
Rangers 4 Life wrote:
It Definately is assault. However I highly doubt I would ever be CONVICTED by a jury of my peers. If I was convicted My sentence would probably be close to nil however I would gladly do my time for my vengeance for someone touching my daughter.
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Sort of like the slap on the hand that this dirtbag teacher got. I don't think either the husband or the wife should be in a position of influence over children ever again.
Tom in Vermont

Huntington, VT

#105 Aug 14, 2007
Rangers 4 Life.........My daughter got her PhD at age 29. Nothing unusual about someone getting it at 30.
im not surprised

Bronx, NY

#106 Aug 14, 2007
Teachers are supposed to be role models for our children...teachers are suppose to educate our children... teachers are not hired as pubilc educators to have sex with our children, whether it is consensual or not. I'm surprised that the public does not know that teachers will just about do anything to protect a fellow teacher even if it involves the safety of a child. The educational system is corrupt all the way up to the state level in Albany. You are lucky it has never happened to you or your children! Educate yourselves and read the state educational sites to see all the cases against the districts and the public schools.
Diane

Rego Park, NY

#107 Oct 3, 2007
the girls a sl*t, she was obessed with danny cuesta, i know becuz i went to skool with the girl and she slept with everyone and their girlfriends... i know mr cuesta was a great person and helped me get thru skool.. melissa is a coke sl*t and can go suck a di*k just like her father
faust

Addison, TX

#108 Oct 3, 2007
Diane wrote:
the girls a sl*t, she was obessed with danny cuesta, i know becuz i went to skool with the girl and she slept with everyone and their girlfriends... i know mr cuesta was a great person and helped me get thru skool.. melissa is a coke sl*t and can go suck a di*k just like her father
Aren't you a classy broad.

Go back to skool, lol
faust

Addison, TX

#109 Oct 3, 2007
Disappointed wrote:
<quoted text>I hope you dont think your a Christian?
No because Christians suck, they are crazy and boring.
Juror 11

Selden, NY

#112 Oct 29, 2007
I was also a Juror " The wifes" testimony made no changes in our views. He was not convicted because of lack of evidence. In our first vote we voted 8 to 4 on not guilty. The mothers testimony and the lack or disapering act from the girls father was a big part of our ruling. There was no evidence against this teacher but some evidence against the girl. In my opinion the charges against hes wife where pure vendictive because a failure on the A.D.A. That is abuse of power.
Spare Me

Shrub Oak, NY

#113 Oct 29, 2007
Diane wrote:
the girls a sl*t, she was obessed with danny cuesta, i know becuz i went to skool with the girl and she slept with everyone and their girlfriends... i know mr cuesta was a great person and helped me get thru skool.. melissa is a coke sl*t and can go suck a di*k just like her father
Good God, you went to skool (school)?
Juror 4

Selden, NY

#114 Nov 6, 2007
I agree with juror 11, it was a hard trial but the fact was there was no evidence and the wifes testimony was not a influence at all in our desicion. The D.A did a good job in my opinion I just question the lack of evidence to take this to a trial. In my honest opinion this teacher and his wife where screwed by the system and the situation. We as jurors did a good job and a fair and honest desicion was made. In our eyes the teacher was not guilty.
Joel

Selden, NY

#115 Nov 6, 2007
it was a good job and I like this forum.
Actual Juror on Case

Great Neck, NY

#116 Nov 9, 2007
This trial was a joke. 1st it was so long and no evidence where produce against this teacher. No witness, no dna, no love letters no nothing. Just the girl and some ridiculous story of a love affair that lasted 2 years. in two years no love letters or love gifts nothing that will tell us that a relationship was going on. It seems to me that she was obsessed with this guy. The wife's testimony did nothing for us was the lack of evidence that was the reason we the jury decided on a hang jury.
Real

Mastic, NY

#117 Nov 11, 2007
Melissa wrote:
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Sort of like the slap on the hand that this dirtbag teacher got. I don't think either the husband or the wife should be in a position of influence over children ever again.
before making comments on things that you have no idea get educated on facts. So you dont sound like a real dirtbag but we all know who you are keep up with your lies, some day you and your father will answer to GOD.

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