Ex-teacher sentenced in sex assault of student

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 ... Full Story
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savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#64 Oct 15, 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...
Anna, thank you for your kind words. Wish others would see things this way.

“GO PIGS ! 4/9/09”

Since: Apr 08

Bethlehem,Pa

#65 Oct 15, 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.
do not sell yourself short......a cops wife.....how about.....he says....a housewive's husband.
both parties guilty

Bethlehem, PA

#66 Oct 16, 2008
Sorry but at age 14/15, you know the difference between right and wrong. Especially if these parents were as wonderful as some people are saying and taught her well. Please...
The girl lied to her parents to hang out with the teacher. She snuck out of the house to spend time with her. She KNEW what she was doing was wrong but she did it anyway. She wouldn't have done it if she didn't enjoy spending time with her. She wouldn't have lied to defend Kari (which she did but you'll never hear that in court) if she didn't love her. Kari didn't break into her room and drag her out of the house. The wonderful parents are looking for someone to blame for their lack of proper parenting and want to make money of it. I'm not saying what Kari did was wrong; I'm saying BOTH PARTIES ARE GUILTY. The girl isn't a little saint either.
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.
WOW

Union, NJ

#67 Oct 16, 2008
both parties guilty: the girl was brainwashed. you can ask any of the councelors that talked to brekne. she BRAINWASHED the girl and gave her rules to live by. knowing right or wrong isnt the case, she was scared and believed that brekne would cause even more harm to her if she said anything. the girl did not lie to hang out with brekne. brekne would show up at places and TAKE HER, just like when the girl went to dance practice brekne would stand around the corner and take the girl with her after her parents had left. and her name isnt Kari its Keri so if you dont even know how to spell her name correctly, you must not know anything about the case.

AND THE PARENTS ARE GOOD PARENTS. i know the family very well and i was over the house a lot, the parents always had a babysitter there for their children when the parents were both at work. the babysitter would stay with the kids everyday after school and be there until the parents got home. when their last babysitter stopped babysitting for them, brekne offered her services. the parents trusted brekne as a family friend and let her babysit. the parents always checked up on the kids when they were at work by calling the house a few times during the day. dont ever try to say that the parents are at fault for any of this. BREKNE IS A SICK PHYSCO and befriended the family just to stab them in the back and do something so disgusting.

SAVYMAMA i agree with everything that you say, you know what you are talking about completely

Since: Oct 07

Bethlehem, PA

#68 Oct 17, 2008
koch wrote:
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do not sell yourself short......a cops wife.....how about.....he says....a housewive's husband.
I am a "housewife" with a full time job outside the home, too...thank you.
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#69 Oct 18, 2008
WOW wrote:
both parties guilty: the girl was brainwashed. you can ask any of the councelors that talked to brekne. she BRAINWASHED the girl and gave her rules to live by. knowing right or wrong isnt the case, she was scared and believed that brekne would cause even more harm to her if she said anything. the girl did not lie to hang out with brekne. brekne would show up at places and TAKE HER, just like when the girl went to dance practice brekne would stand around the corner and take the girl with her after her parents had left. and her name isnt Kari its Keri so if you dont even know how to spell her name correctly, you must not know anything about the case.
AND THE PARENTS ARE GOOD PARENTS. i know the family very well and i was over the house a lot, the parents always had a babysitter there for their children when the parents were both at work. the babysitter would stay with the kids everyday after school and be there until the parents got home. when their last babysitter stopped babysitting for them, brekne offered her services. the parents trusted brekne as a family friend and let her babysit. the parents always checked up on the kids when they were at work by calling the house a few times during the day. dont ever try to say that the parents are at fault for any of this. BREKNE IS A SICK PHYSCO and befriended the family just to stab them in the back and do something so disgusting.
SAVYMAMA i agree with everything that you say, you know what you are talking about completely
THANK YOU, WOW!! Nice to see there is at least one other person with a brain and heart out there. The family is a wonderful one. They just want to protect their beautiful child and help her heal. It kills me that people who know nothing about what really happened, write in here and misjudge the girl and her family and make up lies about things that never happened. Glad you, too, noticed that one nasty blogger didn't even spell Brekne's name right. I imagine you know the girl well, and have been there for her, seen her pain. Those of us who know her, know she never wanted this crime acted out against her. The world can be pretty ugly, with people who mock a victim and glorify a rapist! Let's see how they hold up when one of THEIR children is the victim of a violent, violating crime!!!
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#70 Oct 18, 2008
both parties guilty wrote:
Sorry but at age 14/15, you know the difference between right and wrong. Especially if these parents were as wonderful as some people are saying and taught her well. Please...
The girl lied to her parents to hang out with the teacher. She snuck out of the house to spend time with her. She KNEW what she was doing was wrong but she did it anyway. She wouldn't have done it if she didn't enjoy spending time with her. She wouldn't have lied to defend Kari (which she did but you'll never hear that in court) if she didn't love her. Kari didn't break into her room and drag her out of the house. The wonderful parents are looking for someone to blame for their lack of proper parenting and want to make money of it. I'm not saying what Kari did was wrong; I'm saying BOTH PARTIES ARE GUILTY. The girl isn't a little saint either.
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THE PARENTS ARE NOT LOOKING TO MAKE MONEY! You do not know what you are talking about. Their attorney knows the facts, knows that they approached the school with questions about the criminal, and he suggested they sue the school. They never commited to do so, never wanted any discussion of a suit at this time. The attorney mentioned the possibility to the press and everyone is all over this! You have not seen any lawsuit filed, and mostly will not see one. They don't want money. They want their daughter to heal and they want this NEVER to happen to someone else's daughter. Stop condemning good people when you don't know the facts or circumstances.
savymama

Hackettstown, NJ

#71 Oct 18, 2008
Get A Life wrote:
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Lady, you need to get a life. Your posts are long, redundant and boring. Go find a hobby or something.
I am driven, my a sense of compassion and caring, to defend people that you wrongly vilify. If you find my words boring, then don't read them. If you, or someone you love, were raped you would be grateful that someone like me is out there speaking words of reason to the narrow minded ignorant people who speak without facts and wrongly judge a victim. I have a very full life, but some things ARE worth taking the time to discuss and defend.
Historian

Orem, UT

#72 Oct 19, 2008
This is a textbook case of why parents need to instruct their children on how to be aware of their surroundings and how to tell if someone is trying to take advantage of them. I have read here that the parents are wonderful and have done all of this and all of that to protect their children. I'm sure they are very good parents in many respects, and love their children very much. It does seem a bit naive of them, however, to have someone who was a teacher, let alone the former/current teacher of one of their children, come into their house as a baby sitter. In any case, I would suggest that what needs to be done, if we want to stop this from happening again, is to do a great deal of research and case studies, interviews and evaluations, and come up with a program or some kind that a non-profit group can promote and use to help teach parents how they can educate their children about being safe from sexual predators: how to avoid being seduced/brainwashed, how to avoid certain dangerzones, and other ways children can protect themselves. It is not enough to just tell children, "don't talk to strangers." Sexual predators aren't more numerous today than they have ever been in the past, but they are certainly more savy and use a wider variety of resources to accomplish their evil goals. Simply checking that they aren't going here or there on the internet won't do. A lot of kids have hidden phones, secred myspace accounts, and other things that their parents don't know about. If some organization could come up with a comprehensive program to help educate parents and children about these things, I would wholly back it.

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