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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savymama

Montclair, NJ

#43 Oct 11, 2008
I meant to say a few more responses to YOUR words, and i was speaking directly to the woman in bethlehem who is married to a cop. somehow, the quote didn't appear at the top of my response.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#44 Oct 11, 2008
Funny wrote:
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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.


People shouldn't see this as a case of a lesbian child abuser. I think Brekne was just sick and didn't care about the gender of her partners or victims. She was engaged to a man and lived with him just a few years ago, and also, not too long ago, had an affair with a married man.
I don't see her as gay. I see her as someone who needed to have 100% control of another human in every way possible, and over time, in my opinion, she saw that only a child would allow themselves to be completely controlled and manipulated.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#46 Oct 11, 2008
Tough Decision wrote:
You're right, Common Sense, about the fact that the parents are suing the school b/c they didn't catch it...the teacher was so manipulative, which makes her deceiving...she saved face by acting perfectly fine in school so no one thought anything was happening...how was it the district's fault? it's a terrible thing that the juvenile victim went thru, but to be sue happy and sue for the sake of suing is pointless...the school shouldn't be held liable since it happened outside of school...15-30 yrs speaks volumes

in regards to justice, doesn't it?
it did NOT just happen outside the school. Had you been in court you would have heard the testimony. The defendant forced the child to kiss her in the classroom when no other students were in the room, even when the child protested against it.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#47 Oct 11, 2008
Bar_keep wrote:
Eevryone has their hand in the public's pocket. Even though the loss might be covered under the schools insurance policy (not sure being it is a criminal offense resulting in a civil filing), this sets a bad precedence even allowing a civil suit. If I were the judge hearing this civil case, I'd look the parents in the eye and tell them...I'll give you your $100,000, but you are sitting in jail for 365 days for not supervising your child after school hours, or you can drop the case and be responsible parents. The parents got what they wanted and the teacher deserved...shes behind bars. She should be. Plus she is a listed offender for the rest of her life. Her teaching career is over. And for the most part her working life is over.
Travesty succks but two wrongs don't make a right. Parents profiting off their kids suffering has to be outlawed.
The parents both work. Their children were never left unsupervised. They had a babysitter after school and on any day that school was out that the parents had to work. Unfortunately, the rapist offered her babysitting services before her true colors were revealed. People need to stop assuming things about the family, wihout knowing the facts.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#48 Oct 11, 2008
LIBERAL LESBIANS wrote:
15 to 20 years---with a deal being made??? some deal, some lawyer. 5 to 10 would have been a good deal---seeing how the underage skank ENJOYED sneaking out her house for the night.
if this underage skank becomes a full-fledged ho by the time she 21, she'll blame the teacher, though it's really another case of a little skank becoming a big skank.
at age 18, this little skank might have her name in the morning call for something illegal herself.
you are disgusting, not because of your sexual persuasion, but because you are calling a beloved, shy, sweet child a disgusting name. you don't know her. you were not in court. you are reading articles and making very ignorant responses. this child had never even been on a date. she was brainwashed for 2 years before the very guilty teacher started raping her. both the judge and the psychiatrists involved stated that this was the worst case of brainwashing they had ever seen, and that the defendant shows no remorse and will not be a good candidate for rehabilitation. how dare you speak of the victim in the manner you did. she is a very sweet girl and she is the victim, not the one to be blamed! her life will never be the same. brekne's sentence will never be long enough to bring back the child's joy and trust in life.
Tim

Easton, PA

#49 Oct 11, 2008
savymama wrote:
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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.
I stand corrected. Thanks, Tim
Get A Life

Easton, PA

#50 Oct 12, 2008
savymama wrote:
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you are disgusting, not because of your sexual persuasion...
Lady, you need to get a life. Your posts are long, redundant and boring. Go find a hobby or something.
Am I wrong

Stroudsburg, PA

#51 Oct 12, 2008
Can I ask..is it true the father had a thing for the teacher?

I won't judge, but as a parent--believe me, I would know if one of my kids were not in the home through the night! The parents sound just as bad!
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#52 Oct 12, 2008
Am I wrong wrote:
Can I ask..is it true the father had a thing for the teacher?
I won't judge, but as a parent--believe me, I would know if one of my kids were not in the home through the night! The parents sound just as bad!
NOPE, NOT TRUE and an absurd and ungrounded accusation.
hawkeye

Sparta, NJ

#53 Oct 12, 2008
triumph110 wrote:
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.
I think it is appalling that these teachers get paid until they are convicted. Maybe it is time tenure is revisited, and there should be some kind of pscholgical testing of the people who are going to be spending so much time with children. It won't be 100% foolproof, there are always a few who will slip through the cracks but maybe it could weed out a few, who knows how many lives could be saved from this kind of travesty.
anothermother

Newark, NJ

#54 Oct 13, 2008
savy mom, you seem to know a lot about this situation. I agree with nearly every single solitary thing you say, but I do not in any way shape or form agree that the parents should pursue a civil action against the school district. If so, they may be setting themselves and their victimized daughter up for more heartache in a battle that has no winner. What is it that they would wish to gain? How will this help their daughter heal? If they had questions and "fears" about allowing their daughter to socialize with this teacher outside of the school, then they chose the wrong option by continuing to allow it and they have some culpability in this. Are the parents hoping to allay any guilty feelings they may be having? How is the school responsible? Who is this lawyer and did he approach the family or did the family seek him out for advice. If the family is so concerned about the impact this abuse has had on the community that they are so active in, maybe they should consider the impact that further civil action would have. If you too are a member of this community, maybe you can answer what positive effect this would have on the community, the family and/or the victim? What is their motive and what do they hope the ultimate outcome will be? I am very sympathetic to the plight of this family and the victim especially. But I have nothing but disdain for the parents if they pursue this civil suit for all the wrong reasons.
Am I wrong

Stroudsburg, PA

#55 Oct 13, 2008
anothermother..great points!

why blame the school? again, I hate to pass judgement, but do they think it will take away their quilt? THEY let this teacher into their life,(after school hours)THEY were careless and never knew the child was not home in the middle of the night, THEY we unaware of a whole life their daughter had. Don't blame the district for absent parenting.

“BORN TO UNDULATE !!”

Since: Mar 07

Proud resident of the Valley

#56 Oct 13, 2008
anothermother wrote:
savy mom, you seem to know a lot about this situation. I agree with nearly every single solitary thing you say, but I do not in any way shape or form agree that the parents should pursue a civil action against the school district. If so, they may be setting themselves and their victimized daughter up for more heartache in a battle that has no winner. What is it that they would wish to gain? How will this help their daughter heal? If they had questions and "fears" about allowing their daughter to socialize with this teacher outside of the school, then they chose the wrong option by continuing to allow it and they have some culpability in this. Are the parents hoping to allay any guilty feelings they may be having? How is the school responsible? Who is this lawyer and did he approach the family or did the family seek him out for advice. If the family is so concerned about the impact this abuse has had on the community that they are so active in, maybe they should consider the impact that further civil action would have. If you too are a member of this community, maybe you can answer what positive effect this would have on the community, the family and/or the victim? What is their motive and what do they hope the ultimate outcome will be? I am very sympathetic to the plight of this family and the victim especially. But I have nothing but disdain for the parents if they pursue this civil suit for all the wrong reasons.
You took the words and the rest of my question/comment which savymom did not answer...right out of my mouth.

88% of families have two working parents anymore. What to do with children, especially when there aren't any grandparents, on school days off planned or unplanned, is a problem and should be a concern. The #1 concern in my opinion. And although many do work around that, the solution is not always 100%. When your kids are out of eye-shod, there is always concern. Again, there should be. Even with grandparents there has been abuses reported. People are truly sick at times.

But, what will a lawsuit against the school district settle? That would be opening up Pandora's box in legal and legislative circles. The teacher is already is jail, where she belongs, as I stated earlier. Dragging this through court at the publics expense will only drag this girls suffering on and on. And that is counter-productive...we all loose then, and not by the public taxpayers choice in the matter. I already pay my share of school taxes to send kids to school and promise them a paid for education. How will any monetary winnings set a precedence? It won't. Except the other way. How many teachers will be blamed for incidents by parents out for a financial wind fall after this is over? We're enbarking on hard financial times and you will see all kinds of scams surface next.

If anything the teacher should be sued in civil court and any future earnings turned over by judgement. The only way I could see the school being liable is if there has been some incidents involving this teacher in the past and the school district did nothing about them after they were reported and documented. Otherwise...throw it out of court and let the healing begin.

And the parents should get a dog or an alarm system. Its a shame when you need to protect yourself on the inside of your home, behind locked and secured doors.

“Undulation Mania!”

Since: Dec 06

Bethlehem, PA

#57 Oct 13, 2008
I have several things I'd like say about this...

First of all, to everyone who is condemning the parents for not knowing where their child was every second of every day... Unless you tie your child up and lock them in their room with no means of escape, there is no conceivable way for any parent to know where their child is at all times. This child was groomed for a long time and trust was built between both the teacher and child and the teacher and the parents. Let's try and stay focused on who the real victim(s)are.

I also agree with you, Kitty, that if the parents are going to sue, they should sue the teacher, as she is responsible for what happened. However, keep in mind that even though it may not make sense to us, suing the school may be a source of comfort to the family by providing another source of responsibility for them. And, there may be legitimate reasons for suing the school, such as past behavioral issues with the teacher that might have been overlooked or swept under the carpet. Keep in mind, we will never know all the details about the case and will probably never hear about it again.

This poor child is going to have to live with this for the rest of her life... Until the day she dies. It will never go away. She will only be able to learn how to cope with what has happened to her, and hopefully now be able to begin to heal. Not only will this affect her entire life, but how she copes will also reflect on how it affects her parents, and any siblings as well.

Until you've walked a mile...

“BORN TO UNDULATE !!”

Since: Mar 07

Proud resident of the Valley

#58 Oct 13, 2008
Anna from LV wrote:
I have several things I'd like say about this...
First of all, to everyone who is condemning the parents for not knowing where their child was every second of every day... Unless you tie your child up and lock them in their room with no means of escape, there is no conceivable way for any parent to know where their child is at all times. This child was groomed for a long time and trust was built between both the teacher and child and the teacher and the parents. Let's try and stay focused on who the real victim(s)are.
I also agree with you, Kitty, that if the parents are going to sue, they should sue the teacher, as she is responsible for what happened. However, keep in mind that even though it may not make sense to us, suing the school may be a source of comfort to the family by providing another source of responsibility for them. And, there may be legitimate reasons for suing the school, such as past behavioral issues with the teacher that might have been overlooked or swept under the carpet. Keep in mind, we will never know all the details about the case and will probably never hear about it again.
This poor child is going to have to live with this for the rest of her life... Until the day she dies. It will never go away. She will only be able to learn how to cope with what has happened to her, and hopefully now be able to begin to heal. Not only will this affect her entire life, but how she copes will also reflect on how it affects her parents, and any siblings as well.
Until you've walked a mile...
As usual, and coming from a mother....well stated Anna. Before I would sue the school I would push the school to provide counciling or equivalent. The goal is to get the young girl past what happened, have her know it is not normal especially from a trusted advisor and teacher, and on the road to recovery. Thanks for your input Anna.:o)
Am I wrong

Stroudsburg, PA

#59 Oct 13, 2008
Anna,

I'm a mother too. What does that matter?
I will say, I find it hard to believe that a child that age was leaving the home in the middle of the night and they knew nothing! Can I be definate my kids are where they say they are 24/7??? No, but believe me..at night, they are in bed!
I pray the young lady finds peace as she recovers, but again, the parents are to blame too, IN MY BOOK.
anothermother

Newark, NJ

#60 Oct 14, 2008
For those parents of teenagers ages 12 to 17 I would like to suggest that they ask their child if their child is aware of or has heard of any peers or friends that have sneaked out of the house at night and not gotten caught, or if there is something on a myspace or facebook page that a parent would have them delete, or been gone somewhere to meet someone their parents had forbidden them to see or any number of things that a child's parent would blow their stack about. I would venture to guess that at least 50% of those teenagers asked would answer yes. Does this mean that all the kids that did this are bad? No. Are all the parents careless? Not necessarily. I am not defending the parents, but I am not a perfect parent and luckily, mistakes, misjudgements and misinterpertations have not cost my children a fraction of what this victim has to endure. There were difinite bad judgement calls and more than enough blame to go around, but much of it was not criminal. Only one individual in this tragedy acted criminally. The challenge now is as adults what are the best decisions, with all the information available, for the future of the innocents? I don't doubt that the parents are still trying to do what is right in their hearts, but maybe they need advice and guidance from someone who will not profit from another bad decision.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#61 Oct 15, 2008
anothermother wrote:
savy mom, you seem to know a lot about this situation. I agree with nearly every single solitary thing you say, but I do not in any way shape or form agree that the parents should pursue a civil action against the school district. If so, they may be setting themselves and their victimized daughter up for more heartache in a battle that has no winner. What is it that they would wish to gain? How will this help their daughter heal? If they had questions and "fears" about allowing their daughter to socialize with this teacher outside of the school, then they chose the wrong option by continuing to allow it and they have some culpability in this. Are the parents hoping to allay any guilty feelings they may be having? How is the school responsible? Who is this lawyer and did he approach the family or did the family seek him out for advice. If the family is so concerned about the impact this abuse has had on the community that they are so active in, maybe they should consider the impact that further civil action would have. If you too are a member of this community, maybe you can answer what positive effect this would have on the community, the family and/or the victim? What is their motive and what do they hope the ultimate outcome will be? I am very sympathetic to the plight of this family and the victim especially. But I have nothing but disdain for the parents if they pursue this civil suit for all the wrong reasons.
I am a member of the community and I love our school system and always have. The family has incurred huge expenses because of this case, and the school had an obligation to do some checking when questions were brought to them, early on, about the teacher. You are right that the suit will not ease the daughter's pain, but it will help defer costs for lawyers, therapists, doctors, lost wages, etc. I do not admire a litigious society and do not advocate frivolous lawsuits, but this one has substance.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#62 Oct 15, 2008
anothermother wrote:
For those parents of teenagers ages 12 to 17 I would like to suggest that they ask their child if their child is aware of or has heard of any peers or friends that have sneaked out of the house at night and not gotten caught, or if there is something on a myspace or facebook page that a parent would have them delete, or been gone somewhere to meet someone their parents had forbidden them to see or any number of things that a child's parent would blow their stack about. I would venture to guess that at least 50% of those teenagers asked would answer yes. Does this mean that all the kids that did this are bad? No. Are all the parents careless? Not necessarily. I am not defending the parents, but I am not a perfect parent and luckily, mistakes, misjudgements and misinterpertations have not cost my children a fraction of what this victim has to endure. There were difinite bad judgement calls and more than enough blame to go around, but much of it was not criminal. Only one individual in this tragedy acted criminally. The challenge now is as adults what are the best decisions, with all the information available, for the future of the innocents? I don't doubt that the parents are still trying to do what is right in their hearts, but maybe they need advice and guidance from someone who will not profit from another bad decision.
you are right. i have an older child too and she would attest to the fact that kids sneak around and do things they are know are wrong, mostly with few serious consequences. and i see myself as a very attentive mother. we can't be watching every second. surely every person out there can remember being young and doing silly things that they knew they should not be doing. but the bottom line is that an adult took advantage of a child. the parents would have given their lives to prevent this. kids can be very creative in sneaking around or hiding things. to all those who think otherwise, never say never, this could happen to you too. lets hope not, but do not judge the victim's family. they are caring and attentive people. short of locking our children in cages, if a child is intent on sneaking out, they WILL sneak out.
savymama

Montclair, NJ

#63 Oct 15, 2008
Am I wrong wrote:
Anna,
I'm a mother too. What does that matter?
I will say, I find it hard to believe that a child that age was leaving the home in the middle of the night and they knew nothing! Can I be definate my kids are where they say they are 24/7??? No, but believe me..at night, they are in bed!
I pray the young lady finds peace as she recovers, but again, the parents are to blame too, IN MY BOOK.
YIKES, can you not read??????? This girl WAS in bed, every night, very late, when her parents came in to say goodnight! Everyone has to sleep. If the parents went to bed at midnight and there child was safely in her room, who would ever think that at 2 a.m. she would sneak out? i have kids. i can't stay awake ALL night with that concern. WE trust our kids are safe in our houses at night.

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