Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Child Molester Files Suit Against Victim's Parents?

Everyone has a story about a "bad" teacher. But it's usually a kid who simply dislikes a teacher because they thought the class was too hard, or the teacher was too hard on them.

Pictured to the left is Anne Knopf, a substitute teacher who had sexual relations with a 13-year-old boy. A boy who was her own daughter's boyfriend at the time. (Gotta admit I have a little trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that 13-year-old kids are considered seriously in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship myself. Meh -- I'm probably just showing my age now with this thought.)

The boy's parents became aware that there was a problem with this teacher after learning of emails being sent back and forth between the two back in the spring of 2007. They filed for, and were granted, a restraining order against her and an investigation took place. What came out in court was that there were several encounters and the woman was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child and she was sentenced to nine months in jail and probation for five years in July of 2008. She also has to register as a sexual offender for the rest of her life.

(Personally I think she got off lightly. Had this case involved a male teacher and a 13-year-old girl I can't imagine a prison sentence of only nine months. It's a shame society in general thinks it's less of a crime when the molester is a woman.)

This is where the story should end. But it doesn't.

Apparently this woman decided she'd been wronged somehow and decided to sue the victim's parents stating the parents were negligent in their supervision of the boy which allowed her to have a sexual relationship with him for five months. I guess she felt that parents of 13-year-old boys should keep them in eyesight, or under lock and key, 100% of the time.

Thankfully the court threw this ridiculous suit out. But it's hard to believe a college educated person would feel this would fly in the first place. Sometimes having an advanced education doesn't necessarily make you a smart person. But what's really sad is that in her warped mind, even considering the thought that say the parents were possibly negligent somehow, is the fact that she's using it as justification for her crime.

I wonder if she goes into a store, notices the sales clerk isn't looking and thinks, "Well heck, they've got these shirts sitting right here at eye level on this shelf so I'll just pick one out, stuff it in my purse, and leave with it. After all the sales clerk didn't see me."

13 comments:

Scarlet Ily said...

Only nine months?? I'd give her at least five years and another five for that ridiculous counterclaim! You are so right about an education; it won't give you common sense.

Just Plain Tired said...

Scarlet -- There are just so many things wrong about that situation. I didn't even touch base on what possesses an adult woman to be attracted to a 13 yr old boy. It's a crazy world.

SY said...

Wow this woman was truly sick. She ruined a lot of lives to have sex with a underdeveloped male..

Her daughter probably hates her
The boy will probably have trouble with relationships
Was there a husband in the picture?
She should have gotten more than 9 months..
Gross

Just Plain Tired said...

SY -- I read 5-6 articles about this case and none mentioned the the woman had a husband.

gaijinwife said...

crazy shit. end comment.

Just Plain Tired said...

gaijinwife - Yup, crazy definitely defines it.

darev2005 said...

That kind of thing still makes me just a little ill. You could molest a child and do a couple of years max. You could smoke a joint and get 10 to 20. It's not justice and it's sickening.

Just Plain Tired said...

darev2005 -- Definitely sickening and unjust.

The Boob Nazi said...

This kind of thing really scares me for the future. What is going on in the world?!

Just Plain Tired said...

The Boob Nazi -- It's almost unfathomable, isn't it?

BeMistified said...

I do have to say, that if it were a man, it would have been a lot worse. I am not condoning any kind of sexual abuse in any nature, but women do not get as much punishment as men, though they should.

Just Plain Tired said...

BeMistified -- It's kind of a double standard in this area.

dddiva said...

Wow- just wow.
Totally agree 9 months is not near enough. Double standards are rampant.