Girl Seduces Teacher

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Video Discription: Read Ana's article about this story here: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-5445-Politics-in-Education-Examiner~y2009m9d22-Student-seduces-teacher---should-the-teacher-go-to-jail-for-15-months There has been an undeniable epidemic of teachers having affairs with their high school or middle school students. However, the BBC recently reported on a teacher/student affair story in the United Kingdom that had an interesting twist: A female student allegedly seduced her educator into having a five month affair with her. The twist in this story is the fact that her teacher is also a female. Helen Goddard, who is a 26-year-old music teacher, now faces a 15 month jail sentence for having a sexual relationship with a student under the age of 16. Although the age of consent in most states in the U.S. is 18, it is important to keep in mind that 16 is the legal age of consent in the U.K. Goddard, pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with the student after an anonymous email tip-off was sent to school authorities. The teacher took a trip to Paris with the student to participate in a Gay Rights march. Judge Anthony Pitts had a difficult time sentencing Goddard, and said: "This is a difficult case. The evidence showed you were having a full-on sexual relationship with the girl for many months." Pitts continued to say that the student confessed to pressuring her teacher into have a sexual relationship with her. "She has made it clear that the sexual contact between you was consensual and she says in her statement that in fact it was instigated by her. If I were the judge in this case, I would not have a difficult time sentencing Goddard. A young girl under 16 is impressionable and should not have a sexual relationship with a woman in her mid twenties. The fact that this relationship blossomed in a school setting is also extremely unacceptable. What amazes me is the fact that Goddard is a beautiful woman, and she could have easily found a lover in her own age group. Although she claims she was seduced by her student, she should have been smart enough to take a step back, analyze the situation, and prevent herself from risking her dignity and career. In the video below, I discuss this story with Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks Show on XM Satellite Radio. One point Uygur makes is the fact that if the educator was a male, no one would think twice about giving him a long jail sentence. Continue reading on Examiner.com: Student seduces teacher - - should the teacher go to jail for 15 months? - National Politics in Education | Examiner.com Watch more at http://www.theyoungturks.com

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