Should criminal charges have been filed? (Sarah Jones)

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Should criminal charges have been filed? (Sarah Jones)

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This morning I read a news story about Sarah Jones, a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and former high school teacher. It's the type of tabloid fodder tv news loves to linger on: model-pretty cheerleader, sex, etc. It sounded like a new Mary Kay Letourneau story. However, as I read through the report I saw a quote from Jones' attorney:

"The student denies it. The parents of the student are upset that this has gone where it has gone. They don't have anything bad to say about Sarah. Sarah denies it."

So charges have been filed even though the alleged victim denies being victimized, his parents do not believe he has been victimized, and the alleged perpetrator denies committing an illegal act.

Does anyone else find this ridiculous?

Should criminal charges have been filed?
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Yes
2  (17%)
No
5  (42%)
Maybe
5  (42%)
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Total votes: 12
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04/03/2012
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especially if the parents say no wrong doing was done!
04/03/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
Of course we don't have all the details of the case. But if indeed SOMETHING sexual went on, whether or not the parents OR the student want to press charges, I think the school and the criminal justice system has a right and duty to do so. I'm sure lots of boys (or girls) had crushes on her but when you take a teaching position you KNOW you are not to have any contact like this with a student that is also a minor. If you break the rules and the law you deserve to be punished, simple as that, no matter how attractive you are.
If this was a male teacher or a not so attractive female (or male) things would probably be handled differently, atleast I think so. When you involve physical looks I think sometimes people tend to let things slide or make them out to be not so big of a deal. Like a high five for the kid that got his (or her) teacher fantasy. I don't care what the age of the adult is either, you go to teach students that means you do NOT get involved sexually with them even if you are only 4-5 years older than say, a 17 year old high school senior. It is still unacceptable whether you are an actual teacher OR a student teacher (in training/job shadowing)
If there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that this did occur, then the proper steps need to be taken.
04/03/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Zombirella
Of course we don't have all the details of the case. But if indeed SOMETHING sexual went on, whether or not the parents OR the student want to press charges, I think the school and the criminal justice system has a right and duty to do so. ...
I agree, this is getting plastered allover the news because she was an NFL cheerleader , i.e. "hot" by most standards.

I also agree that if a crime has been committed, the criminal should be prosecuted. The problem I see here is that there seems to be very little indication that a crime has been committed. If you're going to charge someone with a serious crime like sexual abuse, shouldn't there at least be a confirmed victim?
04/03/2012
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