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‘Crimes Against Nature’

Posted on | November 7, 2019 | Comments Off on ‘Crimes Against Nature’


Say hello to Emma Ogle, a North Carolina teacher who was suspended Oct. 31 from her job teaching at Garinger High School:

She was charged on Halloween with three felony counts, including having sex with a student, indecent liberties with a student, and crimes against nature with a student.
The 63-year-old educator supposedly began a relationship with a 17-year-old student in spring, which became sexual over the summer, according to WSOC-TV. The teen allegedly reported Ogle to school staff on Thursday, hours before she was booked. The alleged sexual encounters didn’t occur on campus, district officials for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools stated.

Notice that the report does not specify whether Ms. Ogle’s teenage victim was male or female, but “crimes against nature”? Someone might have to research the relevant North Carolina statute, but I’m under the impression that “crimes against nature” suggests homosexuality, which as a criminal offense ought to have been rendered void by the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision. But this case will not go to trial, because Ms. Ross will now be judged by a much higher court, so to speak:

A North Carolina teacher who was accused last week of having sex with a high school student was found dead in her home, along with her husband, on Wednesday morning in what appears to have been a murder-suicide.
Police, paramedics, and crisis negotiators descended on Emma and Michael Ogle’s home early Wednesday morning following reports of an active shooting incident. Shortly before 10 a.m., authorities confirmed they had located the bodies of the married couple, who had sustained fatal gunshot wounds.
Only last week, Emma Neil Ogle, 63, a Charlotte teacher, had been arrested and charged for allegedly having sex with a high school student, according to online court records. She had bonded out and been released on Nov. 1.
But police said that when her husband Michael Ogle, 59, didn’t show up to work at his hardwood flooring company in Huntersville, North Carolina on Wednesday, a family member went to check on him. When the relative arrived, Michael was dead and Emma was holed up inside with a pistol, according to police.
“She noticed 63-old Emma Ogle inside with a gun,” said officer Odette Saglimbeni, a Huntersville Police spokesperson, during a press conference Wednesday. “She was still alive when the family member got there and her husband was not.” . . .
“Once our SWAT team was able to make entry into the home they did locate two deceased parties inside the residence and they were of Emma Ogle and Michael Ogle,” Saglimbeni also said. “And they did suffer from gunshot wounds.”

What happened to Emma Ogle? What could inspire a 63-year-old teacher to commit “crimes against nature” with a 17-year-old? She had been a teacher for many years. Had she previously done things like this and gotten away with it? Had she spent decades restraining her unnatural desires, secretly lusting for teenage flesh, until finally — as she neared retirement age — old Emma just said, “Time to go for it”? YOLO.

One suspects that the police and school officials don’t want to get into the lurid details of Ms. Ogle’s crime, but under the circumstances, this case seems to be a permanent mystery. Ms. Ogle won’t go to trial, and she killed her husband before killing herself, so it’s unlikely we will ever have any explanation of how her life went so wrong.

(Hat-tip: Kirby McCain.)



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