Ex-teacher sentenced in sex assault o...

Ex-teacher sentenced in sex assault of student

There are 69 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 10, 2008, titled Ex-teacher sentenced in sex assault of student. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A former teacher, described in court as someone who spent months trying to "brainwash" a student to make her a sexual tool, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison today by a Northampton County judge who said ...

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triumph110

Madison, WI

#23 Oct 10, 2008
This is happening all over the country. Go to www.schoolteachernews.com and click on the Scandal page. They have documented over 365 of these types of incidents since just the beginning of 2008.
Easton

Bethlehem, PA

#24 Oct 10, 2008
I believe she was guilty, Yes but I also believe the sentence is harsh.
Nice

New York, NY

#25 Oct 10, 2008
Easton wrote:
I believe she was guilty, Yes but I also believe the sentence is harsh.
It is harsh, as it darn well should be. The courts finally got one right.
Norbert

Bethlehem, PA

#26 Oct 10, 2008
This more than makes up for the entire Catholic Church scandal!
calvin hooves

Allentown, PA

#27 Oct 10, 2008
Nice wrote:
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It is harsh, as it darn well should be. The courts finally got one right.
yea, harsh is good. but jeesh, why cant some MURDERERS get as long a sentence from these judges??????????
J of PA

Philadelphia, PA

#28 Oct 10, 2008
Truth wrote:
Some people regardless of innocence get charged to be the scapegoat.
Someone had to go to jail, they just picked her. All they had was circumcisional evidence.
Circumcisional? Don't you mean circumstantial? If you don't know what circumcision is, well, go ask your mother. Or father.
ImaDyke

Easton, PA

#29 Oct 10, 2008
That savage deserves every day she will sit in prison. I hope her family forgets her there and she dies a lonely miserable death before she reaches her parole eligibility date.
Alphonso from New Britain

Berlin, CT

#30 Oct 10, 2008
One question. Why didn'tthe parents notice their daughter was absent until 4:00 a.m. in the morning?

Frankly, the parenting style of folks in Jersey leaves A LOT to be desired.
WOW

East Hanover, NJ

#31 Oct 10, 2008
i know the victim and her whole family. I was at the sentencing today. you should have seen the glares brekne was giving. yes she made a nice little FAKE apology for her actions, but that doesnt mean anything. she obviously did NOT feel wrong about what she did because she shook her head "no" at the judge while getting the actual jail sentence. she is a PHSYCO. and i, as well as the whole lopatcong community, am thrilled that she got put away for as long as she is. now lets hope that she gets put away for more from NJ.

and for Truth: get over it. your friend is guilty. she wasnt the person you thought she was. she is a disgusting human being and is going to get to think about the crimes and harm she has done to this girl for the next 15+ years of her life. People dont plead guilty when they are innocent. if she really was innocent, she wouldve wanted it to go to trial. she KNEW that the things she did were wrong.

And to everyone about the brainwashing: I think that a phsyciatrist would know better than you about a child being brainwashed by somebody. go get a degree in this field of study and THEN try to have an opinion on this matter. THANKS.
WOW

East Hanover, NJ

#32 Oct 10, 2008
AND: i forgot to touch on the parents not noticing their daughter was missing at 3am. and my answer, are you freakin serious? the parents sleep too, just like everybody else at 3, except for brekne who obviously likes to take children from the comfort of their home and bed and molest them. the parents didnt have a reason to wake up everyngiht at 3 am and check to see if their children were sleeping. how many parents do you know who do that.
Funny

Reading, PA

#33 Oct 10, 2008
Glass half full wrote:
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YOU FAIL to see the good side here. Now your friend will get to munch all the carpet she wants for 20+ years. Every coin has two sides and you should focus on the benefits to her.
Sorry to have to be the one to spoil your women's prison as lesbian lovefest fantasy, but in prison a child molester is an instant target. She will be lucky to survive her stay. No more carpet munching for her, but her new friends will certainly make her eat a few other things.

Since: Oct 07

Bethlehem, PA

#34 Oct 10, 2008
WOW wrote:
AND: i forgot to touch on the parents not noticing their daughter was missing at 3am. and my answer, are you freakin serious? the parents sleep too, just like everybody else at 3, except for brekne who obviously likes to take children from the comfort of their home and bed and molest them. the parents didnt have a reason to wake up everyngiht at 3 am and check to see if their children were sleeping. how many parents do you know who do that.
You can't tell me there weren't any noticeable changes, or anything that would have caused the parents (or friends) to be suspicious? The cell phone? A bit tired from sneaking out at night? C'mon...are you a parent or a friend?

I had a friend in high school who went through this (with a male) and there were DEFINITE signs and clues.

The parents still have to accept at least some of the responsibilty for her well being.

Most importantly...I wish this girl all the best. She is a true victim, and was taken advantage of by a predator. I am not disputing that or being in any way disrespectful to her or the events.

My disagreement is with suing the district for not preventing the abuse. I feel the parents were more responsible than the school for the protection of their 12 year old daughter. they should move on from this horrible experience, and not drag her through another court room. It will not allow her to move on.
Tim

Easton, PA

#35 Oct 10, 2008
4 o'clock in the morning? The parents need some training. I sure hope the girl will be all right.
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#36 Oct 11, 2008
To those of you who question where the parents were in the middle of the night, they were home with their children. They checked each child's room before they themselves retired at night, tucked them in, locked the doors and felt, as we all do, that our kids are safe and sound. The teacher had given the girl a secret cell phone. The parents always checked and reviewed all texts on the cell phone they provided their child. They had no way to know there was another phone in use. You can be sure that the minute the phone was discovered, the truth was exposed and Brekne was arrested. This a close and loving family with extremely attentive parents who always made sure their children were with babysitters if they could not be home. None of us would think our children would be taken from our homes in the middle of the night. The child was threatened, was petrified and was too young to know how to get out of this. Brekne's ability to manipulate and fool even her own family and coworkers at an amazing school, proves how brilliantly devious she is. But the family DID go to the school when they had suspicions that the teacher was too friendly with 12 and 13 years old girls. The DID question other teachers and administrators, and were reassured this teacher was fine, just immature and lonely. The school was obligated, in my opinion, and as the mother of 3 students here, to take these questions seriously, to do some investigating. Brekne had no record, of course, or she would not have been hired by the district. But NO ONE wakes up one day and becomes a predator and rapist. There had to be signs. Perhaps this is a terrible wake up call that we need to demand intense psychological testing of all those who work with children, not just teachers. Teachers are not to blame for the sick actions of one disgusting rapist. So to protect the reputation of all the wonderful teachers, and to protect our children, there needs to be another step taken in the hiring process.
please, those of you who make disgusting little comments, and snide jokes, such as Glass half Full, STOP! You are making light of a heinous crime and just bring more pain to a child whose life will never be what she deserved, what her wonderful parents worked so hard to provide. It was all stolen by a predator who truly felt no remorse. Her statement contained a few "i am sorry" statements, but none were heartfelt and the judge recognized and acknowledged this and told the filled courtroom that this defendant is unlikely to be rehabilitated. Brekne is a DANGER to society and deserved the sentence she received.
If you are a friend or family member of Brekne, then you are a victim as well, And again, the judge stated this in court yesterday. Brekne had you fooled too. You can love her if you choose, but you need to accept that she is a sick and dangerous woman and the rest of society needs to be protected from her. The victim told no lies. There is physical evidence to back up all her claims. So, Brekne supporters, you have the right to lick your own wounds and feel hurt that you were deceived. But do not continue to believe or perpetuate lies and cruel accusations against an innocent girl who finally received a little bit of justice in court yesterday. Let her heal, as best she can.
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#37 Oct 11, 2008
I do not know why my town came up as Newark. I am a proud resident of Lopatcong Township. I am involved in our school, know the victim and her family and witnessed the lack of remorse on Brekne's face in court.
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#38 Oct 11, 2008
Tim wrote:
4 o'clock in the morning? The parents need some training. I sure hope the girl will be all right.
Tim, I am glad you, at least, show compassion for the girl. You have to understand that this child was tucked into bed every night of her life. The teacher had been a baby sitter for the family, knew the ins and outs of the house and knew how to manipulate the girl to leave. She threatened her on many levels. These parents would never, in a million years, let their daughter out in the middle of the night. They didn't let her out alone at 7 pm, let alone 2 a.m. This child was so brainwashed by her teacher. She thought it was ok to leave because her teacher told her to do. Reember, a teacher is someone children are taught to trust and respect. I am in no way putting down teachers and I would never blame an entire profession, or religion, or sect of society for the actions of one sick criminal. This girl was very inncoent, from a loving and protective home. Had she been from a big city, perhaps she would have had the" street smarts" to protect herself. We live in a lovely, quiet town, a place we all chose for its good schools and safe reputation. We almost never heard of any crime here. We know one another. We think of our school teachers, administrators, neighbors, etc. as family. I hope this puts some perspective on the situation and answers any questions you, or others may have, as you shake your heads and wonder how the child could be out at 2 a.m. This was never a case of child neglect. Her parents are extremely protective of all their children and have always been admired and respected in our town.
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#39 Oct 11, 2008
Truth wrote:
Some people regardless of innocence get charged to be the scapegoat.
Someone had to go to jail, they just picked her. All they had was circumcisional evidence.
Sorry Truth, but you are wrong, misinformed and naive. There is hard cold evidence....little love notes found amongst the victims things, written by Brekne, and text messages that are very, very clear as to Brekne's intent and actions. There were gifts, and accompanying notes, a secret cell phone with extensive records, and so much more. This judge of 20+ years had the entire record, all the reports and testimony in front of her. She knows, and those of us who were touched by this in our community all know, that this criminal can not be rehabilitated. She does not see herself as a predator, just as a person who had feelings for this child. That alone repused and sickened 100 people sitting in a courtroom yesterday. Personally, I think she deserved the full 50 years she could have received, and can only hope she serves the full 30 years of the sentence without parole.
The parents are the least lazy people you would ever be lucky enough to know. They work hard, both at jobs and at being good parents and community members. When a child is taken from your home, hours after you have tucked them in and locked up the house,( a practice this family did every night since their first child was born) even the most careful parents can be brought to their knees in sorrow by the most deviant and sick members of society. Brekne is exhibit A of that type of sick criminal.
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#40 Oct 11, 2008
Alphonso from New Britain wrote:
One question. Why didn'tthe parents notice their daughter was absent until 4:00 a.m. in the morning?
Frankly, the parenting style of folks in Jersey leaves A LOT to be desired.
Alphonso, you sound quite ignorant to judge the parents in NJ as a whole, or the parents of this young lady who was raped! You ask where the parents were at 4 am? Read my other responses. They were in their beds, steps from their daughter's room where they had tucked in her, every night of her life. The rapist had been in their home. She was a young, single woman, apparently lonely and immature, but no one knew she was a threat. She offered to babysit for the family, and like most people, the family thought a young teacher would be a good sitter. They trusted Brekne. She breached every moral boundary possible. And she removed the girl from the home in the middle of the night by threatening her in the worst possible ways. Hope that answers your question and that you will now stop questioning the family and the victim. They were innocent victims in this disgusting crime, a crime to which the defendant pleaded guilty and must now do her time.
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#41 Oct 11, 2008
COPS WIFE 1 wrote:
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You can't tell me there weren't any noticeable changes, or anything that would have caused the parents (or friends) to be suspicious? The cell phone? A bit tired from sneaking out at night? C'mon...are you a parent or a friend?
I had a friend in high school who went through this (with a male) and there were DEFINITE signs and clues.
The parents still have to accept at least some of the responsibilty for her well being.
Most importantly...I wish this girl all the best. She is a true victim, and was taken advantage of by a predator. I am not disputing that or being in any way disrespectful to her or the events.
My disagreement is with suing the district for not preventing the abuse. I feel the parents were more responsible than the school for the protection of their 12 year old daughter. they should move on from this horrible experience, and not drag her through another court room. It will not allow her to move on.
Ah, but the parent DID go to the school when they saw that the teacher wanted to be the girl's friend. The thought that was odd and they questioned the teacher's background, and were repeatedly told she was ok, just immature and lonely. The parents forbid Brekne from every being alone with their child. Brekne agreed to their request, but, of course that meant nothing, and she continued to molest the child. The school should have done something to allay the parent's fears, something beyond just saying she was fine, had passed whatever state mandated testing or scrutiny is done. When the fears were presented by the parents to the school, an investigation was merited. These doubts were raised by a well respected and intelligent mother, not someone who would have raised the questions without good reason. People need to know more facts before they post these responses. You DON'T know the family, and the steps they took to protect their child!
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#42 Oct 11, 2008
a few more responses to our words: the victim WAS tired all the time. she was kept awake night after night by as many as 40+ texts from Brekne. Brekne was relentless. The child's parents DID notice and kept asking why she was so tired. The child was too afraid to tell the truth, so she merely said she was depressed and stressed, that starting high school was tough (she is an honor's level student!). And as to the cell phone, the parents paid for a cell phone for their daughter, under their own plan. Each night they took that phone from their daughter at bedtime and kept it in their own room, to prevent the night time texting that teens are known to do. They had no way of knowing the child had been given a secret phone by the teacher. It was well hidden and they had no reason to suspect a secret phone was in existence. As a parent, they, like most of us, provided their teen with a phone and assumed that would be the only phone the child would have. None of us go around thinking our kids have a secret phone that we should be snooping around, trying to locate. The instant that phone was discovered, the parents took action and Brekne was arrested. Hope that clears up some of your questions.

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