Police: Guardsman Had Sex with 16-Yea...

Police: Guardsman Had Sex with 16-Year-Old Cheerleader

There are 53 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Jan 26, 2007, titled Police: Guardsman Had Sex with 16-Year-Old Cheerleader. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

A Greenwood County sheriff's report says a South Carolina National Guardsman who recruited high school students had sex with a 16-year-old Ware Shoals High School cheerleader.

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kaye f woolington

Columbia, SC

#2 Jan 27, 2007
one look at what wltx considers news just shows how petty we have become as a comunity..how jr can spout this tripe over the air with a straight face is beyond me....marijuana? come on only the vain and ignorant could care...sex..we know 4 out of 10 people are sleze bags...come on your spin in shaping the public veiw just leads to more ignorance and legal slavery...please do the thinking public a favor and piss off...your poor blind and naked...keep it up and we will all be forced to live in the shit bowl you and the state house has created......
kaye f woolington

Columbia, SC

#3 Jan 27, 2007
one look at what wltx considers news just shows how petty we have become as a comunity..how jr can spout this tripe over the air with a straight face is beyond me....marijuana? come on only the vain and ignorant could care...sex..we know 4 out of 10 people are sleze bags...come on! your spin in shaping the public veiw just leads to more ignorance and legal slavery...please do the thinking public a favor and piss off...your poor blind and naked...keep it up and we will all be forced to live in the shit bowl you and the state house has created......
kaye f woolington

Columbia, SC

#4 Jan 27, 2007
you people are as sick as the rag they call a news paper...to bad gannet doesnt aspire to put a little more loft in its personel and goals for the comunity...this place has not changed much since the civil war...and still promotes the social blindness that has kept one type of slavery in place or another...wake up and shut up!!!!what you consider news is not worthy of mention 75% of the time...next thing you know my tv will not pick up but one channel...i think it might have allready have happened....poor blind and naked news casting.....
John

Newburgh, IN

#5 Jan 27, 2007
That is said what is going on in schools these days and even especially when you can not trust the coach or even principal of the school.
stacey

United States

#6 Jan 27, 2007
I hope that these educators think it was wirth it to throw away their careers as they have. As for the 21 yr old Guardsman who had sex with the 16 yr old cheerleader: have you seen what 16 yr olds look like now. He may very well have thought that this girl was older than she was. It's not like he's some 50 yr old pedophile, folks. He is only a 21 yr old man, hardly more than a boy himself. Sounds to me like he was also placed into an awkward situation.
mack

Four Oaks, NC

#7 Jan 27, 2007
the 21 yr old soldier and the 16 yr old girl ( she is 17 now ) are sweethearts......they have been dating for a year...they are still dating...i know the boy.......great kid......why did they smear him all over the news......all he did was have a girlfriend.......the news invaded his privacy......as far as the teacher........different story...
Jack Black

Columbia, SC

#8 Jan 27, 2007
why does it matter the 21 year old is a gaurdsman? Another attempt at the "drive By media" to smear our soilders.....If he was a plumber, or a taco maker would the headline be" 21 year old taco cook had sex with a 16 year old girl....come on WLTX. WCOS is calling my name.......
tina hill

Redmond, WA

#9 Jan 27, 2007
how can we say to our kids if they have problems to go tell a teacher
when now they have to start fearing their
teachers, that is a very sad irony
tina hill

Redmond, WA

#10 Jan 27, 2007
HOW CAN WE SAY TO OUR KIDS ID THEY HAVE PROBLEMS TO GO TELL A TEACHER
WHEN NOW THEY HAVE TO START FEARING
TEACHERS, THIS IS A VERY SAD IRONY
chris_p_johnson

Kansas City, MO

#11 Jan 27, 2007
They are a bunch of jackasses
chris_p_johnson

Kansas City, MO

#12 Jan 27, 2007
they are a bunch of jackasses
bri-bri

Walterboro, SC

#13 Jan 27, 2007
i hope he go 2jail 4 a very long time. advise 2 him don't drop the soap.hahahahahah
Unbelievable

United States

#14 Jan 27, 2007
Any adult that has sex with a 16 year old child needs to be sent to prison. As a father with two pre-teen daughters I hope our Legislators have the good since to change the law that let this predator slip through our legal system.
Jack Black

Columbia, SC

#15 Jan 28, 2007
Unbelievable wrote:
Any adult that has sex with a 16 year old child needs to be sent to prison. As a father with two pre-teen daughters I hope our Legislators have the good since to change the law that let this predator slip through our legal system.
iT IS IS HER FATHER'S FAULT FOR NOT RAISEING HER RIGHT.
Abusing Authority

United States

#16 Jan 28, 2007
To say a sixteen year old is old enough to give consent is ludicrous. Anyone who has teenagers at this age knows better. Also, a recruiter is nothing but a trained salesman. He uses his skills to persuade youngsters to join the military. This time he abused his authority and training to compromise a young girl, violating his trust in the school and in his community. This man belongs in prison! His position puts him in school as an authority figure. So with that said I guess it’s okay for an adult teacher to have sex with students as long as they consent. Get your head out of your third point of contact law enforcement and arrest this man. If not perhaps the NG will have the intestinal fortitude to Courts Martial this predator, or they will once again protect their own.
Misconduct Accusations

United States

#17 Jan 28, 2007
The Army, which accounts for almost half of the military, has had 722 recruiters accused of rape and sexual misconduct since 1996.
At least 35 Army recruiters, 18 Marine Corps recruiters, 18 Navy recruiters and 12 Air Force recruiters were disciplined for sexual misconduct or other inappropriate behavior with potential enlistees in 2005.

Think about this before you allow another recruiter in your school.
Angry Parent

Augusta, GA

#18 Jan 28, 2007
Another reason why soldiers, recruiters, and all ROTC type programs should be barred from within 100 yards of any school. Soldiers have a horrendous history of illicit and criminal solicitation of minors and prostitutes in foreign countrys while deployed, in ports of call or third world countries, and they return to American with their sexual perversions and lecherous ways intact to prey upon our children.
Reality Check

Hilton Head Island, SC

#21 Jan 29, 2007
Oh, come on, Art. Just admit that you hate authority and get it over with. At this point, it's still under investigation and a reporter doing an "investigation" could cause the possibility of appropriate criminal charges to evaporate. Can we say destruction of evidence and witness tampering? Knew ya could!

As to the age of consent issue, it REALLY is a NON-issue. While the media over-sensationalizes the 21-year-old's role in this (at most contributing to the delinquency of a minor), they ignore the huge number of 12-15 year-old girls having babies. DSS is often aware, the parents are CERTAINLY aware, and the hospitals the kids are born in is aware. Unfortunately, The privacy of the juvenile is more important than prosecution, so no-one has to report any of this to the police. Our society has changed so much over the past thirty years that the age of consent laws merely mirror our social mores. If you want to change something, change what is shown in movies, TV, and print. Change what is heard in music. Children strive to be adults, and they modify their own behavior to mimic that of what they percieve as the adult norm. If they believe two people in love are supposed to have sex, they will have sex and revel in their "adultness". Think about it...

Abusing Authority, there are actually charges specific to persons in authority abusing their positions in such a manner regardless of age of consent. I'm certain those charges will be filed.

Come on, people. THINK before you shoot off your mouths. Try to see the world as it is rather than as you want to believe it is. Grow up and PAY ATTENTION!
SHERRI

Summerville, SC

#22 Jan 29, 2007
kaye f woolington wrote:
one look at what wltx considers news just shows how petty we have become as a comunity..how jr can spout this tripe over the air with a straight face is beyond me....marijuana? come on only the vain and ignorant could care...sex..we know 4 out of 10 people are sleze bags...come on your spin in shaping the public veiw just leads to more ignorance and legal slavery...please do the thinking public a favor and piss off...your poor blind and naked...keep it up and we will all be forced to live in the shit bowl you and the state house has created......
THAT IS TRUE
Larry OBerry

Columbia, SC

#23 Jan 29, 2007
Look !This is rape, Those National Guardsmen
are guilty of rape (They must be white)? Because I truley believe if they were black there would be know guestion about consent. If it were my sixteen year old daughter I would be screening for Justice. I've lived in the south my entire life and seen to many black men go to jail for being Excused of rape and spending 20 plus years in jail. South Carolina is a racist state. So lets be fair across the board I'm sure those young men new that the female was under age. Things have not change are gotten any better. We still have separate laws when it comes to race. This state needs to wake up and put more pressure on our politicans and Law Enforecement when it comes to some issused. It still seems to be about "JUSTUS" and exceptions are being made for whites. For example when these white female teacher are having sex with young males in elementary and middle schools the law should not be adjusted to fit the person. If you going have laws they should apply to all citizens regardless of race or looks.

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