Clarksville Jury Finds Bryan Farmer G...

Clarksville Jury Finds Bryan Farmer Guilty Of Sexual Battery

There are 87 comments on the WKRN-TV Nashville story from May 25, 2007, titled Clarksville Jury Finds Bryan Farmer Guilty Of Sexual Battery. In it, WKRN-TV Nashville reports that:

“I think this was a difficult case... took them some time to decide that was obvious.... they must have felt strongly about it... I'm a little disappointed....that one count will be on appeal”

A Montgomery County jury found former Northeast High School teacher Bryan Farmer guilty of only one of the eights counts against him. via WKRN-TV Nashville

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concerned

AOL

#1 May 29, 2007
Had the state given the evidence it has instead of protecting the school system, then Farmer would have been guilty on more than 1 count!
concerned2

Antioch, TN

#2 May 29, 2007
Have you ever wondered why he left his coaching job at Huntland? Check it out.
concerned

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#3 May 29, 2007
I'm pretty much aware of why he left Huntland. I know why he left Montgomery County and also why he left Cheatham County.

BTW, what am I checking out? Did you send a link?
PO -d American

United States

#4 May 30, 2007
This man ( along with all other male and female authority figures who have the same tendencies toward children under the age of 18) should never work with any children again. There are plenty of adults looking for what these people want to share. Let the children have each other of which they are doing plenty .
concerned

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#5 May 30, 2007
I agree. Adults should have NO interest what-so-ever in a child. There is someone for everyone and that person should NOT be a child! NO MATTER WHAT! He deserves what he got and it was a LONG time coming!
concerned

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#6 Jun 2, 2007
Oh....I'd like to see them waste their time and money on an appeal! LMAO!
whatever

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#7 Jul 4, 2007
Farmer is a loser! A complete and total idiot! He deserves jail time....a lot of it!
whatever

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#8 Jul 9, 2007
Justice is being served!
just observation

Murfreesboro, TN

#9 Jul 25, 2007
There are many men in the United States with this addiction and the cause starts with looking at a simple picture of pornography. I would suggest you directing some of this anger you have for Bryan Farmer toward getting the pornography off the shelves of our stores and banned from the internet. Brian Farmer is a victim just like the kids are - he was a kid once exposed to the stuff that put him in this bondage. Maybe you guys should pray for him to be delivered and to use his life to help other young men with the same addiction?? I know that doesn't make what he did okay, and he is serving his time for what he did - but your anger towards him doesnt' fix anything when it could be.- just a suggestion.
Disgusted

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#10 Jul 27, 2007
just observation ... Is the above some sort of lame excuse for having sex with minors? He was in a position of authority and trust. He was their teacher. He "groomed" the victims and took advantage of them.

ANGRY ... you're right we're angry, any other emotion at this time would be a lie. It could have been prevented in Clarksville, IF IF IF the Franklin County School System had recorded his previous affair with a student. Instead they made a conscious decision and "passed the trash" to Clarksville. Then Clarksville KNOWINGLY allowed Farmer to remain for another school year after having an affair with several victims his first year. ANGRY - you don't know the half of it! He is and always will be a "piece of trash". Can't be rehabilitated!
HA HA HA

AOL

#11 Jul 30, 2007
Bryan Farmer a victim?!?! You must be kidding me! Let's just say he was....HE should have gotten help. He is the adult!

Let's see how he likes it when he is fighting off Bubba in prison!
loser boy

AOL

#12 Nov 26, 2007
What now Farmer supporter's? LMAO!!!!!!!!!
I Am Constantly Amazed

Shelbyville, TN

#13 Nov 28, 2007
Statutory rape is NOT rape. It is a fancy name given to having sex with someone under the age of consent. Given the fact that Tennessee does not have an age of consent I find it ironic that a 16 year old girl can have sex with her 17 year old boyfriend with no legal ramifications, but can't have sex with a 28 year old without the older partner going to jail.

I seem to remember it wasn't that long ago that women were MARRIED off by their parents at the ages of 13-16 to men much older than them and today it is a crime for the same ages to engage in sex.

I have an 18 year old daughter who made the decision to have sex at age 16. Her partner was 17. Sex is still sex no matter that age. If the girl was consenting, there was no grounds for an arrest.

My grandmother had her first child at 13, my mother at age 15, my sister at 15. Girls are going to have sex. Period. Fact of life.

Do I want my current 15 year old daughter having sex with a 28 year old? No, certainly not. But if she makes that choice, I am not going to sue him. If she can choose a 16 year old, she can choose an older man.

Just my opinion.

Here is what the law says about age of consent:

Tennessee is one of the 27 U.S. states that doesn’t have a single age of consent. When most people say age of consent, they mean the age at which one can legally have sex. In Tennessee, the age of legal consent depends upon the age of the partner. An individual must be at least 18 years old to legally consent to sex with an adult, under Tennessee law. However, people as young as 13 years old may legally consent to sex with a partner who is less than 4 years older. This applies to heterosexual sex only. There is no minimum age of consent for homosexual acts in Tennessee.

In Tennessee as in most states, the law recognizes that teens do have sex with each other. Rather than make a common behavior a crime, the law focuses on punishing and preventing the sexual exploitation of young people by adults. In Tennessee, a 14-year-old girl may legally consent to sex with her 17-year-old boyfriend, but not with an 18-year-old man that she met at the mall. More stringent rules apply when an adult is in a position of authority over a young person, such as a teacher, orthodontist or scout leader. In those cases, a young person must be 18 or even 21 years old to give consent.
Interesting

Eau Claire, WI

#14 Jan 8, 2008
I definetly agree with "I am amazed constantly".
I'm 18 years old and lost my virginity when I was 16. I knew what was happening, and if I were to ever get mad or angry, I could have charged the person with statutory rape. I think thats what happened in Bryans case. I think the victims got angry and jealous, and turned him in to "get back" at him. I'm not saying that a man who is almost 30 should be having sex with minors, but I am saying it was their choice to go along with it in the first place, and they too should be having consequences.
No Way

Lexington, TN

#15 Jan 13, 2008
Mr. Farmer was in a position of authority as a teacher. Please note that in "I'm Constantly Amazed's" post, "More stringent rules apply when an adult is in a position of authority over a young person, such as a teacher, orthodontist or scout leader. In those cases, a young person must be 18 or even 21 years old to give consent." Mr. Farmer clearly used his position of authority to establish his sexual relationship. He is, of course, guilty as sin and has admitted it, pleading no contest. I believe his sentencing hearing is on Feb 28, 2008.
JusticeForAll

Lexington, TN

#16 Feb 28, 2008
Hey, today is Feb 28. I have heard nothing regarding Mr. Farmer's sentencing as a result of his no contest (guilty) plea in November to statutory rape. Has anyone heard anything?
JusticeForAll

Lexington, TN

#17 Feb 28, 2008
Oh brother, I just read this in the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle--

JUDGE RESETS FARMER SENTENCING

Attorney requests a reset pending current appeal
By NATE KARLIN
The Leaf-Chronicle

Bryan Farmer's sentencing hearing has been reset to June 5.

Opposing attorneys agreed to the request pending the outcome of Farmer's appeal from his his first trial last May.

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Thursday's request was part of the plea agreement in November, Asst. District Attorney General John Finklea said, when Farmer, a former Northeast High School teacher and basketball coach, pleaded no contest to three counts of statutory rape of a Northeast High School student.

Circuit Court Judge John Gasaway was hesitant to grant the request as he said the disposition could take up to a year.

"I'll try to accomodate you but this is a bit much," Gasaway said.

In that first case, Farmer was found guilty in May of one count of sexual battery by an authority figure with a then-15-year-old NEHS student.

Farmer appealed the guilty verdict and has not had to serve his 60-day jail sentence.

He is currently serving three years of probation.
What the heck

United States

#18 Apr 8, 2008
So many are throwing stones at Farmer, but what about the young ladies. The consented to engage in the "act" should they not be held accountable. Yes Farmer abused a privledge he was given, but could the young ladies have just said NO? Could they have not turned down propositions, the advancements? Did they find the attention flattering? Where were the parents of these young ladies? Did these young ladies make it easy for him? To agree with Interesting, did they get jealous and decided to turn on him. Whose paying the price for their actions?
fafaaway

Lowell, MI

#19 Apr 8, 2008
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OMG

United States

#20 Apr 17, 2008
Noone is paying the price for what Farmer did, I see him everyday walking around free. And what about the girls, and that is what they are, girls not women. Farmer should be ashamed of himself, but his isn't. If he had only done this at one school it might be something that just happened, but it has happened at school after school. When is it enough. Those of you that are defending him, do you want to leave your young girls in his care???

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