Parents put a great deal of trust in their children's teachers. Because of that, when there is an accusation against a teacher, regardless of whether there is any evidence to support it, the general public may be more willing to assume guilt. In fact, California police have declined to explain the evidence against a middle school drama teacher accused of sex crimes as a result of her alleged relationship with a female teenager.
Police say that they discovered the relationship after they received a call one evening in mid-August reporting inappropriate behavior witnessed in a car parked on the street. When they arrived, police reportedly discovered the 40-year-old woman and 15-year-old teenager in the car. Police say it was determined that the two had been engaged in a sexual relationship.
Although police conducted a search of the woman's residence, they have not said whether any evidence was discovered as a result of the search. Also unclear is whether the teenager was a student of the woman. A former employer of the suspect claims that she is shocked by the accusations, describing the woman as a model employee.
Despite a lack of clarity regarding the evidence that supports the accusations against the woman, she now faces sex crimes charges. The consequences of a conviction of the charges will likely have lifelong personal and professional impact. As a result, many in California want an attorney representing them who will aggressively pursue a fair outcome on their behalf which could include negotiating a plea deal or fighting in court.
Source: sfgate.com, "Millbrae teacher accused of sex with 15-year-old", Jenna Lyons, Aug. 18, 2016