Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 23 Comments
“Allegedly,” I hasten to add: Utah teacher Brianne Altice pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree felony rape for having sex with a 16-year-old Davis High School student. However, previous reports indicate Altice “acknowledged to investigators that she had engaged in sex with the boy,” so her prospects for acquittal aren’t good. Her case was one I highlighted in January when I observed:
Ever since the Debra LaFave case, some people have marveled at instances of female teachers arrested for molesting teenage boys: “But she’s good-looking — why can’t she get a man?”
The assumption is that sexual desperation is the motive for these crimes, when in fact, it’s a matter of sexual preference: Sure, they can get men, but they don’t want men — they want boys.
Altice’s husband filed for divorce shortly after his wife’s arrest. It was finalized in December.
Altice was originally arrested in October. Altice was believed to have had sex with a 16-year-old on many occasions, including at her South Weber home and at a park in addition to the church parking lot, a Davis County Jail report states.
Police have said there may be other potential victims.
The preferential appetite for boy flesh — allegedly! I said “allegedly”! — is particularly obvious in Altice’s case. She’s a slender 5-foot-7 blonde with high cheekbones, and she showed up for her court hearing Thursday looking like Hot Teacher Barbie:
The blonde former teacher appeared collected in the Utah courtroom and chose to wear a close-fitting top, slim pants and conspicuously high heels.
Is this what a felony sex criminal looks like? Every red-blooded male who remembers his 16-year-old self is perplexed at the thought: How could this woman be accused of a felony for fulfilling your wildest adolescent fantasy? But on second thought — when your responsible adult mind finally wrestles control of the mental dialogue away from your depraved inner teenager — you realize that to allow a legal loophole for blonde Barbie-looking hotness would be to undo the Rule of Law, to permit a special caste of protected perverts. If you let the attractive teachers get away with banging jailbait, the ugly teachers who get caught doing the same thing would claim that their prosecution was unfair.
A 30-year-old middle school teacher was arrested in Pennsylvania [Jan. 21] for allegedly entering into a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.
Jessica Saienni, of Landenberg, Pa., surrendered herself to the Berks County Detectives Office in Reading about 10am.
Detectives on [Jan. 20] obtained a warrant for Saienni’s arrest.
Investigators said Saienni was a science teacher at Southwest Middle School in Reading from June 2012 through August 2012, when she allegedly had an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with the male victim, according to The Express Times. . . .
Police say the initial sexual encounter took place in Saienni’s vehicle while she was parked near the Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, 3103 Papermill Road in Wyomissing, Berks County.
The victim told police that Saienni sent him sexually explicit photos, court records say.
Once you agree that fairness requires us to grant frumpy brunette teachers as much “right” to adolescent boy flesh as the slender blondes, the demands for equality would then follow in due course: If we’re going to let ugly women have sex with teenage boys, certainly we cannot deny gay male teachers their own “right” to do the same.
Mountain View police arrested Harlan Edelman, a longtime San Francisco teacher . . . after he allegedly agreed to meet a teenage boy in the park for sex.
The only problem is that “teenage boy” was actually undercover cops waiting to bust the former San Francisco teacher.
On [Feb. 4], police descended upon Peaceful Cuesta Park in Mountain View after exchanging social media messages with Edelman in the guise of being a 17-year-old boy. At the park, they found Edelman waiting for the boy with whom he had arranged a sex date.
“He was reaching out for sex,” Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger told NBC News. “The initial contacts were explicit material, sexually explicit material and he ended up agreeing to meeting for sex.” . . .
Edelman was a teacher employed by the San Francisco Unified School District from 1995 to 2013; he most recently taught at the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also held teaching positions at Lowell High School, Lincoln High School and the School of the Arts.
He resigned from the district in September 2013, according to Gentle Blythe, spokeswoman for SFUSD.
Next thing you know, lesbian coaches will demand their “rights,” too.
A teacher at a private all-girls Catholic school in Little Rock, Arkansas, had a sexual relationship with a teenage student. The teacher’s live-in lesbian partner, who was athletic director at the school, failed to report the crime. Kelly O’Rourke, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2013 for having sex with the girl beginning in 2010, when the victim was 16. O’Rourke’s partner Kathy Griffin, 55, was convicted in September 2013 after a trial where O’Rourke testified that Griffin knew about the illegal relationship months before the “distraught” mother of the girl contacted Mt. Saint Mary Academy principal Diane Wolfe. The girl had graduated in 2011. Her mother “said the victim wouldn’t get out of bed, was crying all the time, and wouldn’t go to her college classes.” O’Rourke’s sentence was initially suspended on condition that she have no further contact with the victim, but she violated the no-contact order. O’Rourke contacted the victim more than 50 times, telling her in one recorded phone conversation “that she wanted their relationship to continue.” O’Rourke was sent to prison.
“She took my daughter’s innocence away,” said the mother of a 17-year-old Catholic school girl who was molested by the lesbian who coached her swim team. Sarah Blessing, 28, taught fifth grade at a public school in Scotch Plains, N.J. and was also the swim team coach at Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison. When she was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation in 2010, Blessing defended her consensual relationship with the girl, telling the judge: “It wasn’t manipulative. It wasn’t predatory. I had feelings for this person.”
If women teachers and gay teachers have a “right” to sex with teenagers — consenting teenagers, of course — then it will be no crime for the football coach to bang the homecoming queen, and we will have arrived at what Matt Barber calls “sexual anarchy.”
Moral decadence encroaches steadily on our society in the age of the “Emerging Awareness” Doctrine, and we do not have to imagine the arguments for de-criminalizing sex with minors, because they are already being made. This was what the “Free Kate” movement was all about: The claim that it was an expression of homophobia to prosecute an 18-year-old lesbian for having sex with a 14-year-old.
Many in the media (notably, ABC’s 20/20) seemed strangely sympathetic to this attack on Florida’s age-of-consent laws. Yet if one extrapolates the known number of cases where adults have been charged with crimes for “consensual” sex with teenagers — male or female, gay or straight — into a trend, the risk involved in treating these cases with leniency becomes apparent. Even with the possibility of felony prosecution to discourage them, many adults seem unable to restrain their deviant desires, and how much more common would such crimes be, if the perpetrators believed they would likely face only probation if apprehended?
This was what I warned about in January: “Perversion is rampant and we may be in the midst of a complete societal breakdown.”
We cannot permit our sympathies — for the Barbie-doll teacher like Brianne Altice or the “cute” cheerleader like Kaitlyn Hunt — to influence our judgment in such cases. If society starts showing leniency on such a basis, we’ll be traveling the Highway to Hell at top speed.