Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sufferin' Statutory!

Funny how two stories are in the news this week. No one is placing them side by side but I'm going to.

Let's meet Lance Cobb from Houston. Lance met a 16-year old girl on-line and they had sex. This same girl met at least three other men on-line for sex. Now he's a registered sex offender and doing 5 years probation. (She's not at all at fault in this escapade because she was under 18. OK whatever; I don't think that makes complete sense but there's a reason for the word jailbait).

Now let's meet Debra LeFave from Florida. She had sex with her 14 year old middle school student in the classroom and in a car. She's getting off without charge because the boy's mother doesn't want to put him through the pain that all the attention that a trial would cause him. The prosecutor is dropping the charges because he agrees it's not worth traumatizing the boy. Do you seriously think for one minute that if it was a male teacher and a 14 year old girl that any prosecutor in the country wouldn't push for a conviction, with or without the girl's participation at trial?

Can't you hear Georgia's Lisa Clark, the creepy looking 37-year old wife of a 15 year-old boy, asking for a retrial in Florida? At least she made the boy honest... Right?


At 11:32 AM, Blogger Amy said...

It's the double standard. 14 year old boy learning from an older woman. 16 year old girl getting taken advantage of. but when you think about it, if girls mature faster than boys, then the older woman younger boy combo seems more taking advantage of.

I was watching LaFave's husband on tv last night and he was talking about how she's a pedophile, etc. And I wondered, if it had not been his wife who cheated on him with a 14 year old boy, and had he been just flipping through watching some other husband talk about it, would he have still thought it was a jailable offense, or would he have thought there was no problem?

At 1:49 PM, Blogger John said...

Yeah, I suspect that had something to do with it. You're right -- it's a double standard. Boys can't be victims because they want to; girls can't be willing because they're too young.

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would imagine there is now someone out there using the chat room ID as
and appropriately so.

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I also see this as teacher related, for as you know, I'm a teacher. The news media loves to find some teacher somehow, somewhere who was bad and stripe us all.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Of course, this kind of reporting goes double for lawyers.


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