A judge in Decatur, Alabama has thrown out charges against a teacher for allegedly having sexual relations with two students when she taught at Decatur High School. 44-year-old Carrie Witt had her charges dismissed without prejudice on constitutional grounds on Thursday.
According to WHNT, Witt was accused of sleeping with two students between 16 and 19 years old.
Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson ruled students can consent to sex under state law once they turn 16, unless someone uses a “position of authority” to “coerce, groom, or otherwise obtain the illegitimate consent of the alleged victims.” Although a teacher may be in a position of authority, the judge found that it “clearly does not exist between every school employee and every student regardless of where that student is enrolled.”
In other words, prosecutors have to prove that Witt “was actually in a position of authority over the victim/student and that the position of authority was
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A new lawsuit claims that a Florida high school teacher groomed and sexually molested at least eight of his female students—and though administrators knew about the allegations beginning in 2008, the teacher apparently did not face disciplinary action.
Jason Edward Meyers, a creative writing teacher, worked in two Miami-Dade high schools over 14 years, in which time he allegedly pursued sexual relationships with eight of his current or former students, The Miami Herald reported.
Meyers allegedly called his victims “Jason’s Girls” and encouraged them to read sexually explicit books like Lolita, in which an older man has a sexual relationship with a prepubescent girl. The lawsuit claims he asked one girl to break up with her boyfriend, wear provocative clothes to class, and told her to title a poem she had written “Come Inside Me.”
The suit claims that Meyers forcibly kissed and groped a plaintiff in the lawsuit, and had sex
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A tennis pro’s coach and father has been arrested for child molestation. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, 68-year-old Nikolaos Philippoussis was taken into custody from his Mira Mesa home this morning. He is suspected of abusing two victims under the age of 14.
Authorities have not given much detail on the allegations but say that the victims were the coach’s students. He has been charged with a dozen counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and two counts of committing sexual acts with a child younger than 10 years old, per sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam.
Investigators do not believe there are other victims but urge the public to come forward with relevant information.
The coach is the father of Mark Philippoussis (pictured above), a retired tennis player from Australia. He is a two-time Grand Slam finalist and was once ranked 8th worldwide in singles. The accused served
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Having a romantic or sexual relationship with an underage student is a shocking exploitation of power. Here are 9 disturbing sex scandals involving teachers.
1. Debra Lafave
Debra Lafave was a Florida teacher who became notorious after having an affair with a 14-year-old student. According to the New York Daily News, Lafave pled guilty in 2005 to at least four sexual encounters with one of her middle school students a year before. She was married at the time, and she and her husband divorced amid the scandal.
She faced up to 30 years in prison but her attorney said “to place Debbie into a Florida state women’s penitentiary, to place an attractive young woman in that kind of hellhole, is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions.”
According to Aol, because her victim didn’t want to stand trial, Lafave pleaded
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