Parents place a great deal of trust in the professionals who are hired to interact with and instruct their children on a daily basis. Because of this, accusations against an educator are always taken seriously. Unfortunately, many people forget that there are two sides to every story, often resulting in unfair persecution, forcing some educators into a position of having to make difficult decisions. One California teacher's aide recently pleaded no contest to sex crimes charges that stemmed from his alleged relationship with a student.
The 22-year-old worked as a part-time teacher's aide at a California high school. Police claim that he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. The defendant is accused of having oral sex with the student. The acts are believed to have occurred at the aide's apartment.
Reports also claim that the aide took a video of himself shaving the student's private area. That video was then said to have been sent anonymously to a vice principal at the school. He recently pleaded no contest to felony criminal charges related to the accusations. He could spend two years in prison.
People accused of sex crimes in California and across the country are often left facing difficult decisions regarding their defense. Some opt to fight the charges in court. However, others -- sometimes even those who are innocent -- realize that there may be enough evidence for a conviction. As a result, they choose not to contest the charges and instead accept a plea deal that could result a sentence that is not as harsh as they would receive if convicted following a trial.
Source: Palo Alto, Ca. Patch, "Peninsula Teacher's Aide Pleads No Contest For Sex Crimes With Student", Oct. 29, 2016