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Because it is a woman, do your feelings change?

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Loads of questions on this one...

1.) How can she be suspended WITH pay? Is that a clause governing teachers where innocent until proven guilty applies?

2.) Would this be different if the teacher were male and the students female?

3.) What it be different if the teacher and students were the same gender?

4.) How does your teen age son have a sexual relationship for up to a year (as alleged in the arti) and you, as the parent, not know something is up?

How do you feel about this story? Is there any parent here who would say "well good for him, getting some of that"? (or something else to that effect)


Georgia teacher accused of having sex with students

By Vivian Kuo, CNN
updated 11:14 AM EST, Thu January 31, 2013
DaNita Wilson, 32, is accused of having sex with seven of her students.
DaNita Wilson, 32, is accused of having sex with seven of her students.
  • A high school teacher is accused of having sex with seven students
  • Some of the relationships lasted more than a year, investigators say
  • Suspended teacher will have an employment hearing, school superintendent says

Atlanta (CNN) -- A Georgia high school teacher was arrested Tuesday after being accused of having sex with seven students, one of whom was 15.

The Charlton County district attorney charged DaNita Wilson, 32, with seven counts of sexual assault, and more charges may still be pending, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

"After we began the investigation, there was enough that developed to arrest Ms. Wilson," bureau assistant special agent in charge Stacy Carson said. "The investigation is still ongoing."

Six of the victims are over the age of 16, the legal age of consent in Georgia, while the seventh was 15 years old, Carson said. One was a former student who has since graduated.

"Some of the (relationships) had been going on for at least one year or longer," Carson said.

Wilson has also been suspended with pay, in accordance with regulations, until she has a formal hearing regarding her employment.

District officials began the inquiry Monday after receiving a complaint about the teacher.

"We received information within the school system," said Charlton County Schools Superintendent John Lairsey. "The main meetings continued on Tuesday. At that point, we got the sheriff's office and GBI involved, and (Wilson) was removed from class before lunch."

Lairsey, who used to be the principal at Charlton County High School where Wilson worked, said he knew her.

"There was no reason, no indication, that this would occur," he said.

Wilson has been at the school for a decade, he said. She typically taught ninth-grade math.

Lairsey escorted Wilson to waiting local and state investigators, he said.

"I gave her a letter explaining her suspension, and I transferred her to their custody," he said. "There was very little dialogue."

High school Principal Joshua M. Howard sent a letter Wednesday informing all parents of "inappropriate conduct by an employee," offering counseling services to students and assuring parents of their children's safety.

"We are dedicated to the well-being to all of our students and are fully cooperating with the GBI and their investigation," Lairsey said. "Anytime a school system employee or teacher commits an act that is inappropriate, that gives us a black eye on educators everywhere."

Wilson's bond was set at $35,000, $5,000 for each count of sexual assault. No other court dates have been set.

Lairsey said a hearing regarding Wilson's job would be scheduled within 10 days.

"I will be recommending termination," he said. "We're just shocked and disappointed. And it's just hard to believe. Just disappointed and disheartened that people we put our trust in would violate that trust."

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by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM
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by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I'm gonna be the oddball here...

Legally only one of the boys was under age. So she should be charged on that account but all of the others were "of age"...

They might be of age now but they might have been under age when it started.

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

What is the 2013 Age of Consent in Georgia?

The Georgia legal Age of Consent for sexual contact is 16 years old. A total of thirty one states have set their age of consent at 16, the lowest age of consent in any state.

If a person is between 14 and 16 years of age and the person convicted of statutory rape is younger then 18 and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (instead of a felony).

Georgia Close-In-Age Exemption

Georgia has a close-in-age exemption, also known as a "Romeo and Juliet law", to the legal age of consent. This provision allows partners who are close in age, or both under the Georgia age of consent, to engage in consensual sex without fear of prosecution under Georgia age of consent regulations. For more information, read about close-in-age exemptions.
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

That is horrible. She should be treated like any other sex offender.

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Can sex between teacher and student ever be consensual? Judge says ‘yes’ in Marietta court today

Update on the sex assault trial of ex Marietta teacher Christopher King who had a sexual relationship with a student: He’s a free man, according to breaking AJC news.

I think the judge called this one right:

“It’s gross, it’s awful, but it ain’t illegal,” said Judge Robert Flournoy “This was a consensual relationship.”

Flournoy by-passed the jury and issued a direct verdict Wednesday afternoon in the case against 36-year-old Christopher King, who admitted to having a sexual relationship with the girl.

In June, the Georgia Supreme Court reversed a sexual assault conviction against 28-year-old schoolteacher Melissa Lee Chase who had a romantic relationship with a former student. In its 5-2 decision, the court said the teacher should have been allowed to present a defense that the 16-year-old student consented to the sexual relationship. (The student had testified that she pursued the relationship and pushed it.)

The Supreme Court decision could affect two Cobb cases, including one in court today involving former Marietta High School teacher Christopher King.

During testimony this week reported by the AJC, King’s 17-year-old “girlfriend” described the relationship as consensual.

Asked by defense attorney Scott Semrau if she ever felt intimidated or coerced by 36-year-old King, the state witness responded “absolutely not.”

“Have you ever wavered on that point?” Semrau asked. “No,” the girl said.

Semrau contends the Supreme Court decision should apply to his client’s relationship with the student.

“As long as it’s consensual, there’s nothing illegal,” said Semrau. “I think it may be a bad idea, but I don’t think it should be against the law.”

When the General Assembly enacted a law making it a crime for a teacher to have sex with a student enrolled in school, it did not bar consent as a possible defense.

And while Cobb is pursuing its cases against teachers who had sex with 17-year-olds, Gwinnett DA Danny Porter told the AJC, “If you read that [state Supreme Court] opinion, it pretty well rules out any prosecution of sex between a teacher and a child over age 16. Right now, we’re trying to change the statute, but until that happens, no, I probably would not prosecute.”

Several legislators are anxious to see the law tightened, including state Rep. Rob Teilhet, who told the Marietta paper:

“The whole premise behind consent not being a defense … is that the victim is not in a position to resist, and is very vulnerable to be taken advantage of. A 16-year-old who is taken advantage of by an adult suffers long-term consequences as a result. I don’t care if the victim consented or not. The older person has a higher responsibility. Consent isn’t good enough.”

Blogger Jeff Sexton at has a thoughtful post on this issue in which he concludes:

I completely agree that teachers SHOULD NOT have intimate relationships with students. ..That has long been a part of our ethical standards, and teachers know the risk when they make that decision.

All I’m saying is that IF they are caught having sex with a student and are charged under this statute, the fact that it was consensual sex SHOULD be a valid defense under the law for teachers, exactly the same as it is with virtually every other person out there charged with a similar crime.

A while back, I wrote an entry about teacher-student relationships, which I never posted for fear of being beaten with brickbats. In it, I recalled a high school classmate who dated a male teacher and married him soon after graduation. As far as I know, they remain married with a bunch of kids.

While I am not advocating high school girls take their math teachers to the prom, I am unsure what to say about an 18-year-old student and a 23-year-old teacher. Certainly, the ideal would be for the pair to keep their attraction at bay and start dating post graduation. But are we ready to declare the teacher a pervert and lock him up for a decade if the couple doesn’t wait?

Today, we have longtime married couples where the husband is on a lifetime sex offender registry because he was 19 when he began dating his wife who was 15. I am not sure who is served by that.

Should the law retain a little flexibility on the consent issue?

by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

The problem is that she was their teacher. I am not sure if you can count on consent here, since she was in the position of power.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I'm gonna be the oddball here...

Legally only one of the boys was under age. So she should be charged on that account but all of the others were "of age"...

by Milami on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

 If the legal consent for sex is 16, why are there 6 counts against her and not 1?


by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student in Georgia

A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

Leslie Howard Mosley Jr., 36, of Covington, a fine arts teacher at Heritage High School, was booked into the Rockdale County jail Friday and released on a $10,000 bond Monday morning.

According to a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office report, the school resource officer was called into the Heritage principal's office Thursday in reference to allegations that Mosley was having "inappropriate contact" with a student in the school.

The sexual contact between Mosley and the 16-year-old student was consensual, according to initial reports, said RCSO Investigator Michael Camp. The age of consent in Georgia is 16. However, Mosley still can be charged since he was in an administrative role as a teacher and the student was currently enrolled at the school.

The affair between Mosley and the 16-year-old student had been going on for at least this school year and appears to have been conducted off campus, according to Camp. Investigators still have more interviews to conduct but felt there was enough information from initial interviews on Friday to press charges.

Mosely submitted his resignation on Thursday. However, the school board could still choose to terminate him, according to Rockdale County Public Schools spokesperson Cindy Ball. Mosley began working with the school system in August 1999 and has been at Heritage since July 2006.

The case is still under investigation.

This arrest comes just a month after that of Rockdale Sheriff's Deputy and Heritage School Resource Officer Thomas Matthew Donahue, 32, also of Covington, was arrested after allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student.

Donahue and the 18-year-old girl both denied the allegations of an inappropriate relationship in written statements. However, Donahue's responses to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's polygraph test "indicated deception" when he answered questions about whether or not he had sexual contact with the student, according to an RCSO internal investigation report.

He was charged with false statements/writings, concealment of facts, and violation of oath by a public officer.

The internal investigation began after Principal Greg Fowler contacted the RCSO on Jan. 30. Fowler had reportedly received complaints from teachers around Jan. 25. An inventory of Donahue's desk at the school revealed an envelope with scantily clad pictures of the student as well as love notes from the student.

Donahue was employed with the RCSO for about five years and this was his second year assigned to the school.

by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Nope, my feelings don't change she is a pedophile and should have controled her urges.  Lock her up.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM
It seems to me that when this happens, teachers are paid until officially terminated. I assume there is something in their contracts that says this is the proper procedure, perhaps until criminally found guilty or not.
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by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Double standard and all.

Chart from another forum.

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