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In The (Rape Culture) Mailbox, 02.01.16

Posted on | February 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho


Because we have a theme going here. XD


OVER THE TRANSOM
EBL: SPLC
Proof Positive: “Affluenza” Poster Child Kills Four, Not Held Responsible
First Street Journal: The Racism of Modern Feminism
Da Tech Guy: “Rhodes Must Fall” Falls
Conservative Intel: Win or Lose, Trump Leaves His Mark
Michelle Malkin: How Did Dulce Candy Get Into The Military?


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
American Power: Trump Downplays Hawkeye State Significance On Eve Of Caucuses
American Thinker: Islam And The First Amendment
BLACKFIVE: Book Review – The Ex By Alafair Burke
Conservatives4Palin: Four Roads Out of Iowa For Republicans
Don Surber: The Power Of Newspaper Endorsements
Jammie Wearing Fools: “This Was All Planned” – Former State Dept. IG Says Hillary, State Department Are Lying
Joe For America: Watch Larry The Cable Guy Come Out Of Character And Go After Liberals
JustOneMinute: Something New Under The Sun?
Pamela Geller: Cologne All-Girls High School Closes For Carnival For Fear Of Sexual Attacks
Protein Wisdom: Socialism Ruins Venezuela, WaPo Blames “Bad Luck”
Shot In The Dark: Fiction And Fact
STUMP: Followup On One Of The Fraud And Pensions Cases
The Gateway Pundit: Germans Turn on Merkel, Jeer And Boo Chancellor In Neubrandenburg
The Jawa Report: Another Case of Disney Jihad?
The Lonely Conservative: SEIU, Democrats Trying To Make 5 Million Immigrants Citizens Before November Elections
This Ain’t Hell: SecDef Carter Won’t Demote Petraeus
Weasel Zippers: Soros Contributes $6 Million To Hillary Super-PAC
Megan McArdle: Hey, Trump Voters – He’ll Offend You Next
Mark Steyn: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow


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The Iowa Caucus Is Rape Culture

Posted on | February 1, 2016 | 67 Comments

Does that headline make sense? Of course not, but I’ve been reading so much feminist literature lately, I’ve come to realize that expecting headlines to make sense is patriarchal oppression.

“Shut the f–k up! Because patriarchy!”

To a feminist, everything is rape culture, and so the Iowa caucus must be part of it somehow. When coeds at the University of Alabama (scarcely a haven of radicalism) form a Feminist Caucus and issue a manifesto full of Women’s Studies jargonthe gender binary! heteronormativity! social constructs! — about “rape culture” in Tuscaloosa, we must realize American culture is so thoroughly corrupted nothing can save us from the destructive tsunami of complete decadence. As I explained the night Obama was re-elected, we are Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption. Meanwhile, in Iowa . . .

With 17% of precincts reporting in the Republican caucus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has 30%, businessman Donald Trump has 27% and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has 19%, Dr. Ben Carson has 10% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is . . . losing. Very badly.

So maybe there is a tiny glimmer of hope.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: With 37% precincts reporting, according to the New York Times, it’s Cruz 29%, Trump 26%, Rubio 20%, Carson 10% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush . . . still losing.

UPDATE 10 p.m.: Meanwhile, with 63% of precincts reporting on the Democrat side, it’s the Criminal Clinton 51%, Socialist Sanders 49% and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is losing even worse than Jeb Bush.

UPDATE 10:50 p.m.: OK, so 99% of precincts are counted, Cruz is the winner with 28%, Trump second with 24% and a surprisingly strong third-place finish for Marco Rubio with 23%. Marco just gave his big speech — full of the rhetoric of American exceptionalism — and sounded very confident about his prospects. Meanwhile, on the Democrat side, Martin O’Malley has hoisted the white flag, suspending his campaign, as has Mike Huckabee among Republicans.

At Jeb Bush HQ, it’s got to look like a Downfall parody video tonight. The dude spent $80 million and got 3%.

 

‘Rape Culture’ in Tuscaloosa?

Posted on | February 1, 2016 | 25 Comments

Lindsay Macher, Cameron Ridgeway, Jessica Morgan, Jilisa Milton, Rachel Ledbetter, and Isabelle Beauregard are members of the “Feminist Caucus Executive Committee” at the University of Alabama where, to judge from their rhetoric, every male student is a rapist and every female student is a victim:

Sexual assault is often a difficult topic to speak about, especially for those of us who are survivors. We do not choose to share a personal story in this article, as it would most likely be exploited and undermined for faux campus initiatives.
The “It’s On Us” initiative on our campus has done nothing to eliminate rape culture and has only perpetuated it. It is impossible to end sexual assault without first addressing the social mechanisms on which it thrives. One doesn’t have to be a scholar in feminist theory to realize that the toxic representations of women in the media and general attitudes towards women and members of the LGBTQ+ community on campus create a culture where victims feel responsible for their attacks and perpetrators feel justified.

(How many victims? How many attacks? How many perpetrators? Could we get some estimate of the scope of this problem in Tuscaloosa? Never mind. We must endure a lecture about “social mechanisms” and “toxic representations of women.”)

The first meeting of “It’s On Us” that a representative of UA Feminist Caucus attended featured a speaker from the Women and Gender Resource Center explaining the extent of rape culture as it relates to our campus, with suggested measures of bystander intervention. Her lesson was extremely helpful in dismantling rape culture and preventing sexual assault through the use of societal pressure, and some of the suggestions from the group were encouraging. However, as women who have a 1 in 5 chance of facing sexual assault (notwithstanding other factors such as race and gender identity) during our college experiences, the initiative has only left us concerned.

(There it is again — the infamous “1 in 5” statistic that refuses to die, no matter how often or how thoroughly it is debunked. It’s a zombie statistic, and no flamethrower can ever kill it.)

When it has been proven that membership in a social fraternity significantly contributes to the likelihood of perpetrating sexual assault, it is difficult not to be wary of an initiative spearheaded by greek students. Initially, we gave it the benefit of the doubt, thinking, “Who better to solve this problem than those who are prominent within it?” However, Jordan Forrest’s article about her project stated “We do not let our friends walk alone late at night or ignore their requests for a designated driver. We hold our friends and ourselves accountable, and we never blame the victim.” While we admire the intentions of those who came together to write these articles and lead this initiative, it must be noted that the very sentence that warns us not to blame the victim is preceded by victim-blaming through false notions of “accountability.” The goal of this initiative was to create a culture of accountability, but this accountability seems to be only for those more likely to be targeted rather than those who may perpetrate it.

(Translation: All men are rapists.)

This is one of the main problems of “It’s On Us.” At the first meeting, some members of the task force suggested solutions to a hypothesized situation including a man displaying potentially aggressive behavior towards a woman at a bar. Their solutions included interrupting him or trying to distract him while simultaneously taking care not to offend him. Without sternly expressing that this behavior is threatening and unacceptable, we challenge nothing and change nothing, hardly providing the safety that the initiative claims to create.
Another “solution” of the campaign that assisted in victim-blaming was the campus walk. Members of the task force walked around campus after dark and pointed out places that could be more well-lit. This is problematic because women (as the campaign frequently assumes all victims are cis women) should not have to walk in large groups or in well-lit places to avoid being assaulted. We should not be responsible for preventing violence against ourselves. The only suitable way to prevent sexual assault is to teach people not to sexually assault others.

(Yes, this the “only suitable way to prevent sexual assault”! Many will recall that, on Sept. 11, 2001, we realized the only way to prevent terrorism was to teach guys named Mohamad not to fly commercial airliners into skyscrapers.)

Providing better lighting is treating a symptom of a larger epidemic, and an ironic approach considering the University’s late-night shuttle service hardly works.
Secondly, this idea of “stranger danger,” in which women are only attacked at night by “bad guys” is a false notion. Eighty-two percent of assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows, including their intimate partners or spouses. The walk, as well as the whole campaign, did little but give a group of people two hours of self-righteousness while doing nothing but furthering myths about sexual assault.

(Every man is a rapist and rape is an “epidemic” in Tuscaloosa. To believe otherwise is a “myth,” saith the Feminist Caucus.)

It goes without saying that no one was inspired to come forth and tell their story at any of the events for “It’s On Us.” To foster true change, our campus needs to listen to victims, rather than blame and criticize them, and remind them that they are more than their assault or merely a story to use as our own resume-builder. We need to have a solid pushback on men who refer to women as sexual objects.

(Obviously, “men who refer to women as sexual objects” are rapists, because all men are rapists, saith the Feminist Caucus.)

We need to focus less on what White House initiative we can complacently adopt, but rather on our own specific needs, catered to our own environment.
This starts with recognizing where we are failing. We need more campaigns that publicly promote consistent training about consent, frequently muddled at this university, along with fully-inclusive sex education, which is much harder than signing a wall on the Quad and then returning to a life of perpetuating violence. We need to analyze the deepest parts of rape culture, not just scrape the surface. Ending the stigma about women’s sexuality and the social construct of virginity are good starting points. From there, we can expand into heteronormative expectations of men and women within the gender binary and then further into queer and trans erasure.

(Yes, “the gender binary” and “heteronormative expectations” are “the deepest part of rape culture,” saith the Feminist Caucus.)

By following this progression, eventually we can manage to achieve what seems to be the impossible: the destruction of a culture that justifies and covers up sexual assault.
While the idea behind “It’s On Us” is well-intentioned, our campus’s handling of it has been nothing more than a moment of self-glorification. Fixing this complex issue requires difficult self-reflection on the part of every individual on this campus.

In other words, once they have banished males from campus — or perhaps criminalized heterosexuality — the Feminist Caucus will have achieved “the destruction of a culture” in Tuscaloosa.

This is what “fixing this complex issue requires,” they imply, but dare we suggest an alternative? Go to Auburn.

If you hate the University of Alabama so much — you accuse the administration of “perpetuating violence” and blame your fellow students for “rape culture” — why not get the hell out of Tuscaloosa?




 

IOWA CAUCUS PREDICTION

Posted on | February 1, 2016 | 47 Comments

Jeb Bush will lose. The question is, will he be crushed, embarrassed and humiliated so badly that he quits? Probably not:

Jeb Bush’s supporters have spent $15 million on slickly produced ads to win over Iowa voters. Barely registering in the polls and increasingly desperate in the shadow of the Iowa caucuses, he’s now trying a cost-free, personal tactic: hugs.
When 67-year-old Harrison Cass, Jr., of Waterloo, pledged to caucus for Bush Monday night, the former Florida governor jogged across a crowded town hall-style meeting to embrace him.
“I give out hugs,” Bush said at the Cedar Falls event. “I’m from Miami, that’s what we do.”
Bush, once considered the Republican presidential front-runner, is doing whatever it takes to stay relevant in the 2016 contest.
And whether it’s a friendly squeeze or a scathing attacks ad from his allies, he’s showing no signs of going quietly. That’s despite the wishes of some Republican strategists, who fear his underdog candidacy is making it harder for his party’s mainstream wing to coalesce behind another candidate.
All the while, billionaire businessman Donald Trump has maintained a huge lead over the so-called establishment candidates.
Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise, has disgorged tens of millions of dollars attacking the candidates seen to be in direct competition with him: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Right to Rise has spent more than $24 million on ads contrasting the former Florida governor with one or more of those three, most often Rubio, data from advertising tracker Kantar Media’s CMAG show. That’s on top of a tidal wave of millions of dollars of mail to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire opposing Rubio, Kasich and Christie — sometimes all three at once, expenses documented in Federal Election Commission reports.
Overall, Bush’s allied super PAC had spent more than $80 million on television and radio advertising this campaign season as of midday Sunday. That includes more than $15 million in Iowa alone — which is about as much as the total by super PACs aligned with the other Republican candidates still in the race.

The possibility of a Bush comeback is the Phantom Menace of 2016. For 10 days, ever since National Review devoted its cover to an all-out attack on Trump, I’ve been haunted by this scenario: Somehow, Jeb survives an embarrassing fifth-place finish in Iowa and then, with a massive ad blitz, takes fourth-place in New Hampshire — a result that drives both Kasich and Christie from the field. Next, the Nevada caucuses, where Jeb again finishes fourth and then South Carolina, where an unprecedented onslaught of Bush TV ads combined with endorsements by sold-out GOP officials enables Jeb to finish third, ahead of Rubio. If Marco finishes fourth in South Carolina, he’s doomed, and this would effectively make it a three-man race — Trump, Cruz and Bush — heading into Super Tuesday on March 1.

Super Tuesday is only a month away, and here’s the question: Why shouldn’t Team Bush, which has already unloaded more than $80 million to get Jeb to 2% in Iowa, hang on for another month and try to make that comeback happen? Neither of his so-called “mainstream” Republican rivals, Kasich and Christie, has a hope in hell of going all the way. If Jeb can just endure a few defeats, he’s three weeks from South Carolina, where the latest Real Clear Politics average shows this:

Trump …….. 36.0%
Cruz ………… 19.7%
Rubio ………. 12.7%
Bush ………… 10.0%

If the gap between Marco and Jeb in South Carolina is less than three points, how many millions of dollars does Team Bush have to spend smearing Rubio in order to finish him off? All my conservative friends, now at each others’ throats in the Trump-Cruz-Rubio fight amongst the current GOP front-runners, seem willing to ignore this nightmare scenario: Jeb emerging from South Carolina with a third-place finish that Team Bush can spin as a miraculous comeback victory. But this sense of dark foreboding has haunted me like Banquo’s ghost.

Bush must be destroyed — Jeb delendus est — or we are doomed.




 

Rule 5 Sunday: Nighthawks

Posted on | January 31, 2016 | 12 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Devoid of inspiration this week, so we’re just going to segue into the standard disclaimer and stick in Edward Hopper’s classic painting, because we can.

An old favorite.

Ninety Miles from Tyranny leads off this week with Hot Pick of the Late Night, Morning Mistress, and Girls with Guns, followed by Goodstuff with Laura Prepon and other red-headed space chicks, The Last Tradition with Chloe Grace Moretz and Selita Ebanks, and First Street Journal with American women in uniform. Also, Postaldog returns with Rita Ora, Hilary Duff, Kate Hudson, and Micaela Shafer. Also also, Animal Magnetism has Rule 5 Friday and a Super-Sized Asian Invasion!

EBL tells the Arizona Cardinals to cheer up,  and also presents Rose Leslie, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Megyn Kelly, Grace Slick, rape hoaxer Jackie Coakley, and Basic Instinct.

A View from the Beach has Another Great Dane – Solveig MørkTurkey Pumpkin Chili?The Origin of the WheelPardon Me If I Post More SnowWar, What Is It Good For? (cave girls), Because We Definitely Need Some Warmth TodayCan the Broncos Stomp the Patriots?, and Elites Fear Robots Will Take Their Place (beware, robots)

After a long absence, the Daley Gator returns to brighten our Sunday with Michellen Cristina, Erica TonookaWho says Black and White photos are not sexy?, Analicia Chaves, Akira Riyu Mitsuki, Caity Lotz, Ami Tokito, and Karen Vi.

At Soylent Siberia, it’s two for tea, Monday Motivationer Rise & Shine, Tuesday Titillation Seeing DDouble, Humpday Red Hawt Jenny, Falconsword Fursday Fantasy, and Weekender Backslide Lakeside.

Proof Positive’s Friday Night Babe is Camille Neviere (who also has Sex in Advertising covered), his Vintage Babe is Mary Healy, there’s The Return of Women Of PETA XLVI, the obligatory NFL cheerleaders, and their sisters! At Dustbury, it’s Carol Burnett, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Zooey looking good; Angelina Jolie, not so much.

Thanks to everyone for their linkagery, here and at the FMJRA, where Rule 5 Sunday is again the most-linked post of the past week. Deadline to submit links to the Rule 5 Wombat mailbox for next week’s Rule 5 roundup is midnight on Saturday, February 6.

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Is This Donald Trump’s Testimony?

Posted on | January 31, 2016 | 52 Comments

by Smitty

Byron York talks to The Hair and The Donald beneath it, asking the following:

Let’s go to Ted Cruz. He is apparently testing ways to attack you in Iowa. His campaign is calling people, testing, saying you have never asked God for forgiveness, saying you’re a “New York liberal pretending to have conservative values.” What do you think about that?

Well, first of all, I’m a believer in a very big way. I went through my Sunday school, I’ve done everything that you’re supposed to do and that I love doing, and I feel really great about it. I think that the evangelicals have really taken to me, and I taken to them, and I’ve always taken to them. I’m doing very well with the evangelicals. In fact, nationwide, I’m leading by a substantial margin.

Stipulate that there is not a precise, cookie-cutter approach to offering a testimony, and York did not ask: “What is your Testimony?” So, one must take whatever the answer is at face value.
This bit from Inquisitr.com is of note:

According to the progressive publication Thinkprogress, Donald Trump’s consistent claims to be a member of the Queens Presbytery has been a source of considerable embarrassment and discomfort to the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. It is well known that the denomination has publicly come out in support of gay marriage and other liberal policies. Additionally, the church as a whole has publicly committed to assisting the proposed intake of Syrian refugees. Both of these positions are directly opposed to Donald Trump’s positions and statements.

The church issued a statement Wednesday denouncing Trump’s comments as un-Christian and inconsistent with the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. They also announced their intention to attempt to expel Donald Trump from the Presbyterian faith. Presbyterians have a mechanism for expulsion that is similar to the Catholic practice of excommunication. An entity or individual within the church can make a complaint against a member which leads to judicial proceedings. Depending on the outcome of these proceedings, the member may then be expelled from the church. This would effectively mean that Trump would no longer have access to church services and sacraments, and would also put paid to any connection Donald Trump’s campaign might seek to establish with the Presbyterian denomination.

It’s hard to tell what to make of all that, on a variety of levels. In the case of, for example, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Santorum, Huckabee, and Paul, it’s less hard to tell. I’ve heard Christie allude to his Catholicism. Don’t know about Fiorina too much.
Faith, while a personal matter, is an important check on megalomania. It would be instructive to hear, in an offline, off the record setting, Donald Trump’s actual testimony.

FMJRA 2.0: Pallas Athena

Posted on | January 30, 2016 | 3 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Rule Five Sunday: The Two Faces Of India
Regular Right Guy
Animal Magnetism
Ninety Miles from Tyranny
A View from the Beach
Proof Positive
Batshit Crazy News

FMJRA 2.0: Jetpack Blues
Regular Right Guy
The Pirate’s Cove
A View from the Beach
Batshit Crazy News

Truth Wins, Feminists Lose
Batshit Crazy News

#OccupyResoluteDesk, #OccupySCOTUS?
A View from the Beach
Batshit Crazy News

Democrats, Feminists and Other Liars
Instapundit
A View from the Beach
Batshit Crazy News

In The Mailbox, 01.28.16
A View from the Beach
Proof Positive

When Marxists Aren’t Enough: Are We Really Considering A Used Car Salesman?
The Daley Gator
A View from the Beach

Because Boys and Girls Are Different
Batshit Crazy News

The Colonel Walter E. Kurtz Memorial Book Post
Batshit Crazy News

HELP CYNTHIA YOCKEY!
Regular Right Guy
Batshit Crazy News

‘Rape Culture’ Feminists Won’t Mention
First Street Journal
Batshit Crazy News

Top linkers this week:

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Thanks to everyone for their linkagery!


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Police: Louisiana Teacher and Teen Girl Had Year-Long Lesbian Relationship

Posted on | January 30, 2016 | 72 Comments

 

Kimberly Naquin, 26, was arrested Jan. 15 after it was learned that the high school geography teacher had sexually molested a teenage student, according to police in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. Naquin had sex with the girl on at least 10 occasions over the course of nearly a year beginning in September 2014 when the girl was 16, police said.

Naquin, who is the daughter of the local school board president, is the third teacher at Destrehan High School to be charged with molesting students recently. Shelley Dufresne, 33, and Rachel Respess, 25, were accused in October 2014 of having group sex with a 16-year-old male student. In fact, when reports of that investigation first became public, police say Naquin temporarily broke up with her underage girlfriend:

About a month into an illicit sexual relationship between Destrehan High School geography teacher Kimberly Naquin and a 16-year-old female student, the pair thought they’d been caught, authorities said Tuesday (Jan. 19).
Naquin, 26, and the teen panicked in Fall 2014 when they heard about media reports that a then-unidentified teacher at the same school was the target of a criminal investigation after having sex with a student, according to Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.
“From my understanding, they panicked and they separated for a short time when they heard about that case,” McGregor said. . . .
Though rattled, Naquin, the daughter of St. Charles Parish School Board President Dennis Naquin, continued having sex with the female student on at least 10 occasions at her former Kenner apartment, an arrest report said.
Naquin was booked with 10 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile by Kenner police Friday (Jan. 15) after her release from St. Charles Parish where the Sheriff’s Office booked her with carnal knowledge of a juvenile and prohibited sexual conduct between a teacher and student.
The girl’s relatives contacted the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office on last week after they discovered her sexual relationship with Naquin, authorities said. The teen told investigators the relationship began in September 2014 when she was 16.
While St. Charles investigators learned of sexual encounters in a classroom at the school and an unidentified residence in Destrehan, Kenner detectives confirmed several incidents at Naquin’s old apartment, located at 3752 Loyola Dr., Kenner, starting on Oct. 30, 2014, the arrest affidavit said.
The student returned to Naquin’s apartment on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, and the two again had sex. A third incident occurred sometime between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, 2015, the arrest report said. Naquin continued a sexual relationship with the teen until August 2015.
“There were at least 10 incidents that we were able to document with her,” McGregor said of Naquin. “She was pretty detailed with what she provided us.”
In interviews with detectives, the student gave details about Naquin’s apartment and scars the teacher had that would have only been visible while she was undressed, the report said.

According to the arrest affidavit, Naquin confessed her crimes:

During the courts of the interview [with a Kenner police detective Jan. 14], Kimberly Naquin admitted to the previously mentioned sexual acts with the student who she knew was only 16 years old. Kimberly Naquin also admitted to a sexual encounter with the student at the apartment in Kenner in April 2015. After the relationship with her live-in girlfriend ended in June 2015, Kimberly Naquin admitted to six more sexual encounters with the student at her apartment in Kenner before the relationship with the student ended . . . around August 2015.

The felony charges against Naquin are the latest in a series of cases that have recently made headlines nationwide involving female teachers charged with sexually molesting teenage girls.

Johnna Feazell, 48, had sex with girl.

In December, former Missouri teacher Johnna Feazell, 48, was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually molesting a 16-year-old girl she had known since the student was in seventh grade. Feazell, who had coached sports at a Webster County junior high school, was also convicted of tampering with evidence:

Court documents showed Feazell reportedly developed a “mother/daughter” type relationship with the girl, starting when the girl was in seventh grade, and frequently took her to sporting events and other activities.
At some point, the district developed concerns about Feazell’s relationship with the student. She was disciplined for “inappropriate conduct” and repeatedly told, in writing, to no longer have contact with the student.
In late 2013, the girl’s parents went to the principal of the Marshfield High School and said they thought Feazell was having a sexual relationship with their daughter.
They became alarmed after finding that their daughter had a cell phone they didn’t provide. The only contact in the phone was Feazell’s number.
Around that time, Feazell had “deviate sexual intercourse” with the victim and enticed the teen, according to court documents. The teacher later told another teen to destroy a cell phone the teacher used and “all evidence,” court documents say.
Feazell, who was the girls’ track coach at the junior high when the allegations surfaced, previously coached basketball and softball.

 

Police say Tiffany Howard, 41, had sex with girl.

Also in December, police in Austin, Texas, arrested former Bowie High School teacher Tiffany Howard, 41, on charges that she sexually molested a girl during a three-year period that began when the victim was 13. Howard had coached the girl in seventh grade, and police began an investigation in October 2013 after letters were found in which Howard wrote to the victim:

I find myself at a loss for words sometimes, when I see you upset it breaks me inside then I just want to take you home and hold you on the couch to make it all go away. I really don’t think you have any idea of how I feel for you. I can’t wait to hold you at night; its going to be amazing. It’s going to be so special and it may be the last time in a long time that we will be able to hold each other all night . . .

During the 2013 investigation, the girl denied any sexual activity with Howard. No charges was filed at that time, although the teacher resigned. The case was re-opened in 2015, after the girl admitted her earlier denials were false:

However, the student came forward in October, confiding first in another coach and then the police, to report the inappropriate relationship, according to police records. Police records detail the relationship was sexual in nature and that Howard, 41, would provide her with alcohol, and with money “whenever she asked for it.” The girl told officers sometimes Howard would pick her up as she walked home from school.
The girl also told police that their relationship continued after Howard had resigned from her teaching job.
The girl’s father also recently provided police 52 pages of text messages from the student’s phone sent between the two during a seven to 10 day period.

 

Leah Eames, 33, pleaded guilty to sex with girl.

In June 2015, former high school teacher and swim coach Leah Eames, 33, was sentenced to 30 months probation in Illinois after she pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old girl she coached. The investigation of Eames began in August 2014, when a police officer checking on the YMCA “after hours found Eames working out with a student.” The circumstances were suspicious; when police checked surveillance video at the YMCA, it showed Eames and the teenage girl holding hands. Upon further investigation “police said detectives were able to identify the student and later interview her, and later discovered that Eames and the student had an ongoing sexual relationship.” Eames originally faced up to 30 years in prison; the plea deal in the case requires her to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Erin MacDonald, 26, was sentenced to jail for sex with girl.

In May 2015, a Michigan judge sentenced Erin Katharine MacDonald to a year in jail after the former Grant High School science teacher pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenage student:

She was hired as a science teacher in Aug. 2013. MacDonald resigned on Nov. 26 [2014], the same day she was interviewed by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department.
Grant Public Schools Superintendent Jonathan Whan contacted the sheriff’s department after the victim’s father visited the high school principal with concerns about an inappropriate relationship between his daughter and the teacher. . . .
According to court documents, the girl told her parents she was going to the movies with a friend the week before Thanksgiving. That evening, the girl’s parents unexpectedly came across their daughter’s car at a park and ride lot near the junction of M-37 and M-46. The father waited for his daughter to return to the car and watched as MacDonald dropped the girl off, according to a search warrant affidavit in 78th District Court in White Cloud.
Once home, the father took his daughter’s cell phone and car keys. He then gave the cell phone to Grant High School Principal Dan Simon, signing a release that allowed the district to examine the cell phone.
“It was discovered there were approximately 14,000 texts between Erin MacDonald and (the victim) from Oct. 25 until Nov. 21,” Newaygo County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Green wrote in a search warrant affidavit. “Through briefly reviewing some of the texts, it would lead . . . to believe there was an inappropriate relationship.”
On Nov. 26, Green interviewed the girl about the relationship. She disclosed there was “an emotional and intimate relationship between the two which included sexual conduct in nature,” the search warrant affidavit states.

 

Police say Heather Packwood, 25, had sex with girl.

In April 2015, Texas officials arrested Heather Lynn Packwood, 25, on charges that she sexually molested a girl who was a student at New Braunfels Christian Academy. Packwood was a math teacher at the school and moved in with the girl’s family in 2012. “The victim’s family tasked the teacher with taking care of their children while they were away and taking them to school,” police told the San Antonio News-Express. Packwood’s arrest followed an investigation that began in February 2015 after the girl told her parents about the alleged sexual abuse.

Meghan Colleen Dougherty

  • Meghan Colleen Daugherty, 36, was charged in February 2015 with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in South Carolina. The arrest warrant said the Hillcrest Middle School physical education teacher committed sexual battery on a 14-year-old girl.

Geraldine Alcorn

  • Geraldine Alcorn, 28, was arrested in March 2015 in Pittsburgh after police say she became obsessed with an 11-year-old student at Beechwood Elementary School, where Alcorn was a pre-kindergarten teacher. Alcorn took the student ice skating and later lured the 11-year-old girl to her house. Police say Alcorn and the girl exchanged more than 2,000 text messages and had discussed running away together.

Shakyla Wilson

  • Shakyla Wilson, 22, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after police in Naperville, Illinois, say she had sexual contact in February 2015 with a 14-year-old girl from Hill Middle School, where Wilson was volunteering as a girls basketball coach.

Michelle Smith White

  • High school dance teacher Michelle Smith White, 37, of Durham, N.C., was charged in October 2014 with having sex with a 16-year-old female student. Police said White had the student’s name and initials tattooed on her body.

Sabrina Epps.

  • Dance teacher Sabrina Epps, 19, was arrested in October after police say she admitted having lesbian sex with a 14-year-old girl who was a student at the Tennessee studio where Epps taught.

Gaile Christine Supp

  • Gaile Supp, 25, pleaded guilty in September 2014 to sexual battery, a third-degree felony. A former teacher at Clearfield High School in Utah, Supp had originally been charged with object rape, a first-degree felony, in April 2013 for allegedly committing a sexual act on an unwilling 17-year-old female student at her West Haven home.

Rebecca Diebolt

  • California teacher Rebecca Eileen Diebolt, 35, was arrested in June 2014 after a woman told police that she and Diebolt had a four-year sexual relationship that began in 2004, when the victim was 15 and Diebolt was her language arts teacher and swim/water polo coach.

Nichol Marie Phelps

  • Dance teacher Nichol Marie Phelps, 30, was sentenced to prison in June 2014 after she pleaded guilty to having lesbian sex with a 15-year-old student at the Florida academy where Phelps taught.
  • Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, was charged with 16 felony counts in February 2014 after two former female students accused her of sexually molesting them. One accuser said Cardosa started having sex with her when she was only 12.
  • Tonya Drueppel was arrested in January 2014 on charges that she had sex with a middle-school girl beginning in October 2012, when the victim was 13.
  • Amanda Michelle Feenstra, 32, pleaded guilty in October 2013 to having sex with a 17-year-old girl who was a student at the Texas high school where Feenstra was a dance teacher.
  • Kelly O’Rourke, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2013 for having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
  • Linda Wallace was sentenced to prison in September 2013 after pleading guilty to having had a four-year sexual affair with a female student that began when the girl was 13.
  • Nicole Wooten was arrested in February 2013 on charges that she had sex with a girl in 2005 and 2006, when the victim was a 12-year-old eighth-grader.

But it’s not like there’s a trend here or anything . . .

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