Sunday, October 4, 2009

Double standardism

Female sex offender returns to teaching at all-boys school
By Kimball Perry • THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER • October 2, 2009

CINCINNATI -- A woman who was fired from a previous teaching job for having sex with a student and who pleaded guilty last month to a sex crime with a minor is now employed at an all-boys Christian school.

Mary Ems, 44, of Springfield Township, is working at the Union Christian Post Graduate Academy, an uncertified school for males at least age 17.

“I have no comment and I will be contacting my attorney,” Ems said Thursday when The Enquirer called her for comment.

Calls to the school and the person believed to be its founder, Phillip “P.J.” Wilson, weren't returned.

Ems was a special education teacher at Winton Woods High School when she had sex with a student.

She pleaded guilty last month in a plea deal to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. She initially was charged with sexual battery, a felony that would have required her to register as a sex offender and could have sent her to prison. But because her victim refused to cooperate with authorities, prosecutors allowed a plea deal to a misdemeanor that, the judge indicated last month, likely will allow her to escape time behind bars and get probation.

That plea deal also required Ems to give up her certificate to teach in Ohio.
Despite that, Ems is working as a teacher at the all-boys school.
“We will certainly bring that to the court's attention at the time of sentencing,” said Julie Wilson, spokesman for the Hamilton County Prosecutor.
“We wanted to make sure she didn't have her teaching certificate because of that (conviction).”

The school is not certified by the Ohio Department of Education because it accepts students who are college age and isn't a public high school.
The school identifies itself on its Web site as having “outstanding faculty and staff, prides itself in developing young men into ‘Champions in Christ.“’
The Web site doesn't list a street address for the school, noting only that it is “located in suburban Cincinnati.”

Ems is to be sentenced Oct. 29 before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Melba Marsh. She faces up to six months in jail but the judge indicated she'd impose probation.


Contrast that to this:

McAllen teacher gets 15 years in student sex case News
By Katie Lopez
Friday, October 02, 2009 at 6:44 p.m.

A state district judge from Hidalgo County sentenced a McAllen teacher to 15 years in prison in a student sex case during a Friday morning decision.

Former IDEA Academy teacher Ricardo Garcia, Jr. was first accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student back in May.

On Thursday, a jury found him guilty on three counts of having an improper relationship between an educator and a student and three counts of sexual assault of a child.

Garcia was acquitted of six other charges: three counts of aggravated sexual assault of child and three counts of improper relationship with a student.

“You have children and teachers...that's such an explosive emotional issue,” said defense attorney Jesus Villalobos. “These types of cases are different from other cases you'll see."

Garcia waived his right to have the jury decide his sentence

State district Judge Noe Gonzalez sentenced Garcia to 15 years in prison.

Garcia accepted the sentence and waived his right to appeal the guilty verdict.

"At this point, I think it brings closure to the case,” said Villalobos. “By accepting responsibility and accepting 15 years in prison--it'll bring closure to the family and close this matter out."

Villalobos said this type of case is hard on everyone because of that trust factor students should have with teachers.

"Anyone out there…administrators… school teacher… having thoughts such as that (sexual in nature toward a student) need to think twice about it,” he said.

As the final piece of this case is put to a close, families on both sides can start to rebuild their lives.

Garcia will have will to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.


Notice the two tier justice system in this country,one for him and one for her.


Anonymous said...

Another case of gender bias in our so called system of justice. Are there any mothers of boys in that school who are outraged by the female teacher getting a vagina pass, while a male teacher gets years in prison and, no doubt,required to register as a sex offender for life?

Pete Patriarch said...

Nope Anon, that's not going to happen. Women band together like no other.