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22:30 12/8/2009

December 8th 2009

The Boy Scouts of Troop 35 in O’fallon, Illinois are trying to deal with allegations their leader had sex with a scout.

39 year old Wendy Rogers of O’fallon (pictured left) is charged with Criminal Sexual Assault.

The parents of the boy scout had returned home from a shopping trip when police say they found their son having sex with the scout leader.

They called police to report a “rape in progress” and blocked the bed room door so Rogers couldn’t get out until police arrived.

When St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies arrived they arrested Rogers, impounded her car and the parents took their son to a hospital.

Police say they are looking into other possible sexual encounters between the pair.

The chief investigator in the case called it a betrayal of everything the boy scouts stand for. Capt. Steve Johnson said the Boy Scout have been very cooperative with the investigation.

08:43 12/4/2009

December 4th 2009

A WOMAN who indecently assaulted a 13-year-old girl at a party in Huntingdon has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Kim Sharp, 29, will also be on the sex offenders register for five years after being convicted of grabbing the 13-year-old victim’s groin.

Judge Neil McKittrick told Sharp: “This was an unpleasant incident.”

He said he hoped that by sentencing Sharp the victim would be able to put the incident behind her and get on with her life.

Bisexual Sharp, of Norris Road, St Ives, Cornwall, UK denied sexual activity with a child, but was convicted by the jury at Peterborough Crown Court.

She was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with nine months of supervision, which will run alongside a 32-week suspended prison sentence imposed last month, with 80 hours of community work, for supplying cannabis and possessing LSD.

The court heard that Sharp had been at a party at a housing complex in Huntingdon last July.

The girl, who had gone outside with friends, felt her groin being grabbed and initially suspected a male family friend she was cuddling, but Sharp said it had been her and touched the girl again.

Witnesses said they heard what Sharp had said and saw her touch the girl again.

The 13-year-old was said to have been shocked by what had happened. She told her mother and they later made a complaint.

Sharp denied that she had touched the girl or that she had been attracted her.

She said she had not even been in the area when the incident happened.

Kate Tompkins, defending, had told the jury that there were too many inconsistencies in the accounts of what had happened for them to be certain of Sharp’s guilt.

Previous Report On this Case:-

16:06 11/5/2009

November 5th 2009

MISHAWAKA, Indiana — A 26-year-old Mishawaka woman accused of having sex with four boys has been charged with child molesting and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Between Sept. 27 and 29, Sara Smith (pictured left) allegedly had sex with boys ages 14, 14 and 15 and one under the age of 14, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police are determining if additional boys also were involved.

A report made to the Mishawaka Police Department Oct. 14 indicated that several juvenile boys were spending an “unusual amount of time at the residence of Smith,” according to charging documents.

In particular, one boy came into contact with police at the Mishawaka Police Department and appeared to be under the influence of some type of illegal substance, police said. The boy reportedly told police he had been at the house with Smith that day with other individuals and that Smith supplied them with alcohol and marijuana.

When officers asked about the incident and went to Smith’s home, they found three other boys there, according to court records.

Police also said they determined the three juveniles were under the influence of alcohol.

A separate report coming into police Oct. 13 reported that a boy was missing and that Smith’s address was a possible place to find him.

Some of the boys later admitted during interviews at the CASIE Center in South Bend that they had sex with Smith, authorities say. One boy told authorities he had sex with Smith with several of the other boys present.

Both boys who were interviewed reportedly said Smith encouraged multiple boys to be involved. Police are still determining the identities of those boys.

Smith was arraigned Monday before Judge Jerome Frese, entered a preliminary plea of not guilty and said she planned to hire an attorney. She is still in custody on a $5,000 cash bond.

Smith has been ordered to have no contact with the boys involved.

Child molesting is a Class A felony; sexual misconduct with a minor is a Class B felony.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Teenage mother charged in death of her infant son: She threw him to the floor head first, so who cares..

First of all notice the negligence with which that journalist operates. Minimal information as usual about any woman or mother doing anything wrong..

As usual, the media treats any action by any female as an insignificant occasion even though she just murdered a child. killed him stone dead, murdered him..

Any suggestion on how if a Father had performed that same act and how he would have been treated ?

The blatant and obvious sexism in today’s media is there for all to witness..

Who wants to be a journalist these days. Their main efforts are focussed on lies and misinformation..

They will have to live with what they perceive to be a soul that actually gave a damn..

Let’s ensure that all women are shown to be law abiding citizens even though they murder and abuse more children that men ever do..

Mother Pleads Guilty to Killing Daughter Seven Years Later
She was a mother who nearly got away with murder–for killing her own child. But, good police work in Huntington has now lead to a conviction in Florida.

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She was a mother who nearly got away with murder–for killing her own child. But, good police work in Huntington has now lead to a conviction in Florida. It’s a story we first brought you nearly five years ago. Now, Amanda Butler is headed to prison for up to 45 years.

Amanda Butler barely spoke a word in this Jacksonville, Florida courtroom after accepting a plea bargain. The now 29-year-old has plead guilty to second degree murder punishable by up to 45 years in prison for killing her two-year-old daughter, Cheyenne, more than seven years ago.

For more than a year, Cheyenne’s death went unexplained after numerous mysterious seizures that eventually lead to her death. Doctors suspected foul play–police believed Butler was smothering her baby to get attention. But, they didn’t have the evidence to prove it until she tried it again–this time in a hospital room at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

“The prosecutor got an order from a judge to tape Butler and security watched that tape around the clock and they caught her,” said Sgt. Kendra Beckett.

Sgt. Beckett worked that case. She says the hospital’s diligence in following a hunch lead to a charge of child abuse and saved baby Ryley’s life. After a long legal fight in Florida, prosecutors there were able to use the same surveillance video to force a guilty plea in Cheyenne’s death.

“It’s thrilling! It was a great way to start the new year and bring closure to this case for everyone involved all the way around,” said Sgt. Beckett.

Butler was diagnosed with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy — a disorder that prompts parents to harm their children to get attention for themselves. She served one year in prison for the child abuse charge related to smothering Ryley. In the case of Cheyenne, police say she was trying to prompt the Navy to send her husband back home from a deployment.

11:53 12/7/2009

December 7th 2009

A 28-year-old woman was arrested on charges she had sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Dana Sue Stikeleather, (pictured left) a telemarketer who lives at 5151 Panorama Avenue in Holiday, Florida told authorities she did it because she was “curious,” according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The report says Stikeleather and the boy had sex three times in July. She was arrested Saturday and is charged with lewd or lascivious battery. She remained Monday at the Land O’Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

16:30 12/7/2009

December 7th 2009

A Springfield, Ohio mother who tortured and raped her children will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Vonda Ferguson (pictured left) was sentenced to serve 65 years in prison, by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill, on Monday morning.

This wrapped up a case that first began ten years ago. Prosecuters called it the worst case of child abuse in Ohio history.

Ferguson smiled as she walked into a packed courtroom, to face her judgement. Ferguson, and her husband James, were both charged with more than thirty counts of child abuse and assault. Vonda Ferguson faced two additional counts of rape.

Prosecuters say the couple beat and tortured their five adopted children with belts, sticks, and hammers. Vonda Ferguson also burned the children with a clothes iron, forced them to eat human waste, and humiliated them. She was also accused of raping two of the children with the handle of a toilet plunger.

One of the victims spoke out in court, right before the sentencing. Sherita Lee, now 19 years old faced her mother for the first time since the charges were filed almost ten years ago, and she broke down, when she saw Ferguson staring at her, while she was speaking.

“How can a child, oh God, can she not look at me right now please. How can a child be so bad at 6 and 4 I don’t understand,” said Lee.

Ferguson declined to make a statement in court today. She has been classified as a Tier-3 sex offender. Ferguson planned to file an appeal in this case.

03:56 11/6/2009

November 6th 2009

An Anna, Texas woman has been convicted of sexual assault involving her daughter even though she was never accused of molesting the child.

A Collin County jury found Michelle Lynn Smith, 42, (pictured left) guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault because she allowed her husband to repeatedly abuse the preschool child, said Crystal Levonius, lead prosecutor in the case.

“She knew what he was and what he liked,” Levonius said. “She continually gave him access to her.”

Each count carries 70 years in prison and will run consecutively. Smith will have to serve 90 years of the 210-year sentence before she will be eligible for parole.

“I don’t believe Ms. Smith ever wanted the little girl to be abused,” said Thomas D’Amore, Smith’s defense attorney. “There was never any evidence presented that she intended or aided it.”

Levonius disagreed, saying that Smith knew Glen Bracy was a registered sex offender when she met him and was warned by a therapist not to marry him.

Smith ignored the warning and married Bracy on Jan, 26, 2002.

At the time, Bracy already had two prior convictions for child molestation. In California, he was found guilty of molesting a deaf and mute child, Levonius said.

In 1995, he was convicted in Collin County of indecency with a child by sexual contact and sentenced to five years in prison. He was on parole for that conviction when he met Smith. Their daughter was born in 2002, the same year they married.

Levonius said the family would sleep together naked, and that Bracy began molesting his daughter before her second birthday.

The child reported the abuse in 2007, when she was 4 years old. She told officials that “Michelle” would watch as the sexual abuse took place, court documents show.

When he was arrested, Bracy confessed to sexually abusing his daughter “up to 50 times.” Bracy, now 42, is serving five life sentences for aggravated sexual assault.

Levonius thinks Smith’s conviction on the same charges sets a precedent for Collin County and sends a message to other mothers who allow their children to be sexually abused.

“You’re going to be held accountable if you help sex offenders get access to your child,” she said.

Levonius said the girl is now in a much happier place.

Five weeks after being placed in foster care, the child “initially denied having a family other than her foster family,” court records show.

The child, who is now 7, has been adopted.

“Although she grew in Michelle Smith’s womb, she’s grown in the heart of her new mother,” Levonius said. “She’s with a family that loves her and protects her.”

She also calls the child a hero for reporting the abuse. At the time, Michelle Smith had given birth to a second daughter, who was 4 months old when both children were removed from the home.

“By speaking out, she was able to protect her younger sister,” Levonius said. “She’s a hero because I have no doubt that the 4-month-old would have been in store for the same life.”

Mainstream Media Suppresses Stories Of Violence By Women

When Rhianna hit Chris Brown in the head with her stiletto heels while he was behind the wheel trying not to lose control of the car and Brown overreacted1, what did mainstream media report? They showed us Rhianna’s injuries, but were totally silent about what part Rhianna’s temper played in the altercation.

When Tiger Woods’ wife attacked him with a golf club2, the mainstream media ignored his wife’s violence. Hardly any of the mainstream media reported that the Florida Highway Patrol described Woods’ injuries as “serious”.3 Instead they waited for more stories about Woods’ affairs to come out so they could spin it as a tale of Woods’ infidelities rather than about female-perpetrated domestic violence.

Now we have the case of Mary J. Blige, a woman who purports to be concerned about domestic violence, so much so that she has provided part of the funding for a domestic violence shelter named in her honor4. But her comment, “Women from all walks of life, not just women from poverty-stricken areas,” makes it clear that only female victims will be helped by her shelter. And her actions make it clear that she believes that as a female she enjoys the privilege of using violence whenever any male displeases her. On Christmas Eve, the New York Post reported that she punched her husband in the face, drawing blood, because she thought he was flirting with a waitress.5 How has the rest of the mainstream media covered her hypocrisy? The silence has been deafening!

Matt over at has assembled a list of mainstream media contact information and composed a sample letter. We urge you to visit and respond as the spirit moves you.

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s looking forward to creating a more enlightened world in the coming year.

Date of RADAR Release: December 31, 2009

R.A.D.A.R. – Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting – is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation’s approach to solving domestic violence.

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01:12 12/7/2009
October 5th 2009

The tragic Little Ted’s nursery case has forced us to face an unfortunate truth: that women use children for sex too.

Susannah Faithfull has been haunted by her mother’s image for all of her adult life. She sees her every time she looks in the mirror, for she has inherited her mother’s startling blue eyes. But every time Susannah is reminded of her mother, she is reminded of a childhood full of trauma. She was systematically sexually abused by her mother; repeatedly hurt by the woman she looked to first for her security, care and support.

“I used to hide in the cupboard under the stairs,” she tells me, explaining that was the only place that she felt safe at home. “My nana had a chenille-type table cloth there and I used to hide underneath it. When my mum came back from work she’d be shouting for me.”

Susannah now runs the Aurora Health Foundation, a treatment centre for victims — or survivors, as some like to be known — of child sex abuse. Her testimony is part of my Radio 4 documentary, Female Sexual Abuse: Breaking the Silence available here:-

Her abuse began when Susannah was very small and her father had left the household. It continued until she herself left home at 16, and throughout all that time her mother forced her to share a bedroom with her, and a double bed. When she told her father about the abuse during a visit, he didn’t believe her.

“The more I cried, the worse it would be. We used to have this rose wallpaper and I used to just look at the roses and wish that I was dead. How can the mother that gave birth to you do those things to you?”

Last week when two women, both of them mothers, pleaded guilty to charges of serious sexual abuse in a Bristol court room, it forced us to confront the reality that Susannah has known for most of her 54 years: that women can and sometimes do sexually abuse the children in their care.

It’s a reality that has always been thought to be very rare. There are a very small number of convictions (2 per cent of all sexual crimes, according to the Ministry of Justice). But when the cases occur they upset us greatly because they challenge every comforting and accepted image we have of women and of mothers in particular.

So just how rare an occurrence is it? The statistics are hard to pin down and some think they may not tell the whole story. We do know that there are now about 50 women held in custody for sexual offences against children, a tiny fraction of the total. We also know that there are some women on the sex offenders register, although we don’t know how many because the Home Office doesn’t keep details of gender.

We also know that those working in the field believe it is an underreported crime because the stigma associated with it prevents victims coming forward.

Detective Superintendent Graham Hill works at CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency. He heads the Behavioural Therapy Unit and interviews female sex offenders. He believes that as many as one in five of all cases of sexual abuse may involve female perpetrators. “I don’t think there’s a police force in the country that isn’t currently dealing with a female child sex offender,” he tells me, adding that this was just the “tip of the iceberg”.

According to Hill, ten or fifteen years ago most crimes involving accusations of child sexual abuse that the police dealt with were always examined on the premise that the man was the guilty party.

“It was always the case that the female in the family was treated as a potential witness,” he says. “One of our messages to law enforcement officers now is that, when you investigate a serious sexual offence against a child, you should always look at how complicit the female is in that kind of offending.”

And not always just complicity. Hill believes that the public’s perception that female sex offenders usually operate alongside a controlling and manipulative man is often false. He dismisses that stereotypical image as a societal cliché born out of a reluctance to believe that a woman could act so heinously alone and for her own sexual gratification.

“The public’s perception is coloured by the high-profile crimes, the sort of duos in the press. And the thought is that a bad man and a bad woman equal a perfect storm. But what I’m looking at at this centre are women who do have a sexual interest in children in their own right. We even have some examples where women have brought men into their lives just to facilitate sex with their children.”

Bill Jenkins doesn’t know whether his foster mother deliberately took him into care so that she could abuse him. But that was the tragic result and he, like other victims of female child abusers, says that, while he spoke about the abuse at the time, no one investigated it or believed him.

He now runs a company devising and selling software to protect children who are online from harm. He is clearly driven by the memory that no one was there to help and protect him as a child. His abuse consisted of inappropriate touching when his foster mother forced him to bath her. He told me he remembered that the door handles in the bathroom seemed to be quite high. “I suppose that was because I was so small. She was a harsh-looking woman — great big eyes, right in my face. I was always frightened of her.”

That his abuser was a woman makes it more difficult to deal with: “I don’t think any man would feel particularly comfortable admitting that they had been sexually abused by a woman. It is almost like a dark world that has yet to be revealed.”

Dr Michele Elliott knows all about challenging accepted beliefs and trying to expose what Bill calls that “dark world”: she runs Kidscape, a charity set up to support the victims of childhood abuse. In the 1980s, when the issue of sexual abuse by men had only just begun to receive mainstream acknowledgement, Elliott was one of the first in this country to raise the possibility that women could sexually harm children. She was pilloried for it.

“I vividly remember talking at an RAF base about the sexual abuse of children,” she tells me. “I never said anything about women abusing; I didn’t even think that was possible. Afterwards a man came up in his uniform standing very straight and he said, ‘You know, it isn’t only men who do it. My mother did it to me.’ Then he walked out and I was left so shaken that I started to think maybe I should ask questions.” Elliott began to talk about the issue on radio and TV and the response was immediate: “It was like a floodgate had opened.”

Among those who contacted her was a woman who had spent 40 years locked in an asylum after reporting that she had been sexually abused at school by a nun. More than 800 victims have now been in touch with her because of female sexual abuse. But Elliott says that she often feels like a lone voice.

“No one really wants to talk about it. But the professionals are the ones who really annoy me. I’d say that 75 per cent of them are in denial — a mental block. I think there are professionals working in the field who have staked a career on a certainty that it is men who do the abusing. They are very threatened by the idea that that might not be true.”

There is also, among professionals, a very real concern that focusing on the abusive behaviour of a very small minority of women causes unnecessary panic in a society that is already stressed about child safety.

But most of those working in this field welcome a chance to break the silence. They believe that the issue has been underresearched and ignored for too long.

Diana Cant is a psychologist who counsels those who have suffered female sexual abuse. While there are still some who do not believe that female sexual abuse is even possible, given that “women don’t have the necessary physical equipment”, Cant has found that there are many forms of abusive behaviour. These can range from watching inappropriate videos and TV programmes to inappropriate exposure, masturbation, stimulation and penetration.

The harm it does is terrible: “If you think about the experience that we have as children, we expect a degree of safety and security and primary care from our mothers. If that expectation is confounded, something at a very primitive level is broken and gets destroyed. The child grows up immediately with a sense of fear and threat. That can lead to an underlying degree of anger, resentment and fury that colours adult life.”

Tragically the children that women most often abuse are the ones closest to them. Women are less likely to be predatory in their criminal behaviour, according to Hill, although the CEOP does come across occasional exceptions.

“Predominantly the female sex offenders we know about offend against children they know,” says Hill. “They offend in a controlled environment. They tend to stay close to home.”

And they often also tend to stay close to the internet. It appears that, while sexual offending most certainly predates the development of the internet and digital photography, the emergence of both have made offending easier. “These people have always had a sexual interest in children,” says Hill. “But the internet validates and fuels those existing beliefs. And it puts them in touch with like-minded people.”

That the internet is affecting the pattern of offending is clear to everyone involved in this area of criminal behaviour.

Sherry Ashfield, from the child protection charity, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, is one of the few people in this country who has spent time talking to convicted female offenders. She has seen an increase in the number of women who use chatrooms to meet like-minded adults and then go on to use the web to share obscene and illegal material.

So what do we know about the women who offend and what motivates them? Through her work at Lucy Faithfull, Ashfield has been able to build up a profile of sorts. Although she stresses that these women do come from a wide range of backgrounds, vary in age and personal histories, “they all have very complex personal histories, often with complex issues and experience of abuse,” she says. “They tend to be women with low selfesteem; women who are socially isolated, and who find dealing with emotion extremely difficult. They tend to have a history of depression.”

Their motivation varies too. Ashfield’s research suggests that while some women will abuse to please or keep a partner, others will abuse to meet their own sexual needs. Some may also abuse for money: “We have had women who have had debts who have met someone on the internet who has suggested that if they would take part in making abusive films or pictures of children they would pay them significant sums,” she says.

There is no simple answer as to why women do it. No clear trigger either — although most difficult of all for me to hear was that for some women caring for a tiny, helpless newborn can trigger abusive behaviour. It’s an awful thought; one of many I’ve had to contend with while investigating this difficult subject.

While making this programme my aunt asked me why, when there is so much beauty in the world, must I explore something so ugly? And here is my answer: everyone I interviewed while making the documentary told me how important it was that we examine this crime and force it into the open.

“It’s an issue that has been locked away for too long and we need to get everyone talking about this problem openly and honestly,” says Hill. “That in itself will be a major step forward in our battle against child sex abuse.”

Hill, like the victims and all those I spoke to during this investigation, agreed to talk because they felt that breaking the silence surrounding the issue of female sexual abuse will better help the victims and better protect our children.

The Times (UK) article by Penny Marshall posted to compliment the Radio 4 documentary, Female Sexual Abuse: Breaking the Silence.

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December 4th 2009

Forty-three-year-old Kathleen Callanan (pictured below) stood quietly in a Dutchess County courtroom Thursday, her head slightly bowed and her hands shackled at her sides, as a prosecutor recited a poem written by the boy she admitted raping.

”Rage and fury, pain to bury, lustful sinner that you are, insides filled with terror,“ Senior Assistant District Attorney Andrea Long said, reading the poem.

County Court Judge Thomas J. Dolan then sentenced Callanan, a Hyde Park resident, to 10 years in state prison.

Minutes later, Dolan imposed a 20-year prison term on another defendant in the case, 32-year-old David Hotaling of the City of Poughkeepsie, for repeatedly sexually abusing the same boy.

”These acts are despicable and deserve the most stringent, harsh punishment,“ Dolan said.

”It doesn’t get much worse than this,“ he said. ”If the court is not here to protect a 9-year-old child, we have no business being here at all.“

Callanan, Hotaling and two other men were arrested in June following a monthlong probe into the alleged rapes of two boys in Hyde Park between 2005 and this year.

The investigation was conducted by police at the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Robert Rogler, 55, of Hyde Park admitted his role in the crimes last month and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

John Blenis, 35, of Canton, Ohio, remains in the Dutchess County Jail pending the outcome of his case.

Police said Rogler arranged the meetings between the boys and the other three defendants.

Both Callanan and Hotaling expressed remorse for their crimes.

”I’m sorry. Mr. Rogler manipulated me, but I know it was wrong,“ Callanan said.

Asked by Dolan if he had anything to say before his sentencing, Hotaling shrugged at first and said, ”I don’t know.“

Then he nodded.

”I know what I did was wrong,“ he said.

Hotaling was quiet as Long read excerpts from a letter the victim had written about the crime last month.

”I am no longer able to trust people the way I did before,“ the boy wrote. ”At the time when Dave was abusing me, I would come home from his house or Robert Rogler’s house and cry and cry and cry. He hurt me physically, and he hurt my emotions.“–woman-sent-to-prison-for-raping-boy

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12:04 12/3/2009

December 3rd 2009

Albany, Oregon — A preschool teacher in Linn County was charged with sex abuse involving a 14-year-old boy.

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said an investigation revealed 34-year-old Jenifer Stitzel (pictured left) kissed the boy and had other inappropriate contact at Central Valley Christian School and away from the school as well.

Mueller said deputies launched their investigation earlier this week when the boy’s parents discovered text messages containing sexual content.

Stitzel is a preschool teacher at the school and the teenage boy is a student. The Central Valley Christian School, located on Highway 34, hosts students from preschool to ninth grade.

Stitzel was taken into custody on two counts of third-degree sex abuse, which is a class A misdemeanor. She has been released from jail and will appear in court Dec. 23.

15:24 12/2/2009

2nd December 2009

One of the worst aspects of prison life is the time it affords its inhabitants to think. Since being locked up last week, Madeleine Martin has had more time than she would like to reflect on the events that led her to such a place.

In the cold light of day, does she feel shame and humiliation, or is she still trying to excuse her outrageous behaviour?

Mrs Martin, a 39-year-old religious education teacher with a previously exemplary record, has just begun a 32-month jail sentence for having sex with a 15-year-old boy who was a pupil in her class.

She had been assigned as ‘mentor’ to the boy to encourage him with his studies, but unfortunately chose to interpret the word in an entirely inappropriate fashion.

Mrs Martin, who had separated from her husband before she became involved with the boy, is the mother of two teenage daughters.

Their devastation and humiliation at their mother’s actions is all too easy to imagine.

This is the latest in a disturbing number of cases where women teachers have been jailed after entering into relationships with pupils – and raises serious questions about collapsing moral boundaries in our schools.

In his first interview today, the boy and his father tell their story. For legal reasons they cannot be named, so we shall call the pupil Robert and his father Chris.

It’s a fairly graphic story of a series of sexual encounters conducted largely inside Madeleine Martin’s Alfa Romeo 147.

Robert presents a rather tragic picture of a wildly infatuated woman who had convinced herself of the possibility of a serious relationship with a pupil a year younger than her eldest daughter; a woman who risked sex in public places with her young pupil; a woman who had clearly taken leave of her senses.

Robert is an ordinary teenager. His parents are divorced, he lives with his property developer father in the Greater Manchester area and sees his mother most evenings.

At school, he admits he has not applied himself as much as he could have and has got into trouble from time to time for playing up in class. He has had girlfriends, but looks and acts exactly as you would expect a 15-year-old boy might.

During our interview he thinks carefully about each question before he answers, and is open and honest.

‘She made all the running and I just went along with it… It’s not the sort of thing you do with your teacher, is it?’

He does not speak in a boastful manner. It will pain Mrs Martin and her family to read his assessment of their relationship, delivered with the brutal honesty that is the preserve of the young.

‘I liked her as a teacher, but I wasn’t really that attracted to her,’ he says. ‘She made all the running and I just went along with it.

‘It was one of those situations you find yourself in without really knowing how it’s happened, and as soon as we were in it, I was thinking to myself: “How do I get out of this?”

‘It was weird. It’s not the sort of thing you do with your teacher, is it?’

No, it isn’t.

The pair met when she joined the comprehensive in Greater Manchester in September last year. Then, that December, she took on the role of Robert’s mentor.

This involved regular hour-long one-to-one teaching sessions in her classroom after school.

‘At first, during lessons I had no sense of her being attracted to me,’ recalls Robert. ‘But when the mentoring started she offered to give me a lift home afterwards, and by January she was taking me home practically every day.

‘Sometimes she would say to me: “Feel my hands – how cold they are,” which I found odd, and I would quickly touch them and pull my hand away.’

Around this time, Robert and his father, Chris, saw Mrs Martin together at a parents’ meeting at the school. Chris recalls there was something ‘not quite right’ about the meeting.

‘She was perfectly nice but she was very on edge,’ he says. ‘I couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong, but, of course, I would never have guessed why.’

Clearly, by this juncture, she had resolved upon seducing Chris’s 15- year-old son.

Robert says: ‘One Friday when she took me home, she stopped the car near the house and asked me for a hug,’ says Robert. ‘It felt a bit weird, but I just hugged her quickly to get it over and done with so I could get out of the car.

‘On the Monday, when I saw her again, she asked me if I’d felt uncomfortable hugging her and I said I didn’t because I didn’t want her to feel bad.

‘She told me she had family problems, that her sister was ill with cancer.’

Four days later, Mrs Martin asked for Robert’s phone number. She did not call but sent him a message on Facebook, the social networking site, to which he replied that he didn’t have time to respond properly.

‘When I went to bed that night she started texting me at 11.30pm saying she really wished I hadn’t had to go [off Facebook], and I replied I was sorry, too, as I didn’t know what else to say.

‘She said she’d been drinking quite a few glasses of wine, and said there was someone she liked, but that it was wrong. I could see by now where this was leading, but I asked her several times who it was and she eventually said it was me.

‘I remember thinking: “This is all a bit mad.” I was a bit attracted to her, but not much, really.’

The mentoring meeting the following Monday was rather awkward but Martin offered to drop Robert home.

On the way she stopped the car and hugged him again, then began kissing his neck.

‘I liked her but it wasn’t as though she was dead good-looking. I was thinking: “Oh my God! This is really weird, how is it going to end?”‘

‘We started kissing, and after a while I asked if she was going to take me home and she said she really didn’t want to go.’

Given the highly illicit nature of what was happening, one might have at least expected Martin to conduct herself with some discretion. Not so. She drove her young charge to a cinema and restaurant complex with a busy car park: in short, about as public a place as you are going to find.

‘We climbed in the back of the car and had sex,’ says Robert.

The encounter was cut short after they heard a voice on a loudspeaker – presumably someone working at the cinema or one of the restaurants who was stunned at what they were seeing – reading out their number plate and ordering the car to leave immediately.

‘When we heard the loudspeaker telling us to move, Madeleine panicked. She said she thought it was the police and quickly drove off.’

But she did not come to her senses. Later that night, Robert received a text from her saying she had ‘really liked’ the sex.

Over a nine-day period, there were to be ten sexual encounters in total.

‘The first time we had sex we had no protection and she said she was on the Pill,’ says Robert. ‘This time she said she’d forgotten to take it, though I found out later she wasn’t on the Pill at all.

‘As far as I’m aware, she did not become pregnant.’

Already Robert had misgivings about the sexual adventure he had embarked on with his teacher.

‘I liked her of course, but it wasn’t as though she was dead good-looking. I was thinking: “Oh my God! This is really weird, how is it going to end?”

‘But Madeleine was very happy and even phoned Robert’s father while she was with him at a ‘mentoring’ class to say how well Robert was doing. Which you might call brazen cheek.

Around this time, Madeleine had asked her RE class to produce an essay on the ethics of abortion.

‘I hadn’t got round to doing it, so she said she’d do it for me,’ says Robert.

She was obviously pleased with it, for he received top marks.

After several more sexual encounters in her car, Martin attempted to elevate this sordid arrangement into something resembling a normal relationship.

She invited Robert over to dinner at the house she shared with her children. ‘She said one of her daughters was on a school trip and she’d told the other she had a man coming round and to stay with a friend,’ says Robert.

‘I told Dad I was staying at Mum’s house. She was away at the time, but I told my brother who was staying there that I was staying with a mate.

‘If other boys were there, she would send them off on various errands so she could be alone with me’

‘Madeleine cooked some Chinese food and I helped her. She offered me some wine but I refused. We watched The Deer Hunter then went to bed.’

The next day, however, Robert had an overwhelming sense of wishing to avoid his teacher.

Over the next week, Mrs Martin sent a number of text messages which Robert either ignored or replied to telling her he couldn’t talk as he was tired and was going to bed.

After a week, an increasingly desperate Martin texted to say she had to see him.

‘I had to get it over with so she picked me up in the car and we went to the dirt path we had been to before,’ says Robert.

‘She said she couldn’t carry on like this because she didn’t want to get hurt. I was very relieved.’

But Madeleine Martin was obsessed. According to Robert, she would find a pretext to give him detention.

‘I wasn’t behaving any differently than before, but she would put me in detention. If other boys were there, she would send them off on various errands so she could be alone with me. Then she would ask me why I was behaving the way I was, and I would say it was no different to the way I usually was with her.

‘Then, one time, she asked me to give her a hug and I started laughing and refused. When she asked why not, I said: “Because you’re the teacher.”‘

How crushed Martin must have been when Robert laughed at her, and how ironic that it was he who had to point out to her the blindingly obvious fact that what had happened was wrong.

‘It was starting to do my head in,’ he says. ‘I was thinking about it constantly.’

Robert confided in his elder brother in April, and together they told their mother and then their father.

‘I do feel upset and angry about how all this has affected my schooling. I can’t see what future I have now’

‘I hadn’t told anyone up till then but I had to confide in someone, offload it,’ adds Robert

His mother immediately called the police and Robert gave them a statement. Martin was arrested the next day at the school, and was later bailed on condition she lived at an address in Nottingham.

Robert’s involvement with Martin has had serious ramifications for him. He says he still feels angry, and his father says that at times Robert is more quiet than he used to be.

It’s a lot for a 15-year-old to have to cope with. After the scandal broke, Robert felt too embarrassed to return to school. He has been attending a local college two days a week, studying for GCSEs in English and maths.

‘I applied to go to another local school where I spent my first couple of years in senior school, but they said they had no places available. I didn’t want to start afresh somewhere new where I wouldn’t know anyone, so at the moment I’m at this college.

‘It’s full of people who have been expelled from other schools and some of them can barely write their names.

‘I do feel upset and angry about how all this has affected my schooling. I can’t see what future I have now, and I don’t know if I’ll even be able to get a job because of all this.’

At her trial at Manchester Crown Court, Martin’s defence team said she had been upset by the news that her sister was gravely ill with cancer. Does Robert’s father believe this is any sort of excuse?

‘I’m afraid not. I’m very sorry to hear about her sister, but using it as a defence sounds like clutching at straws to me.

‘This was a clear abuse of the position of trust in which she had been placed. She took advantage of the situation. She crossed the line.

‘It’s extremely shocking and has been devastating for our family. And it isn’t just us. I feel for her daughters, I really do. What they must be going through right now must be terrible.’

His son adds: ‘I wasn’t glad she was sent to jail but I think it is right. She has done wrong. I just wanted it to be over and I am relieved that it is. I don’t feel anything about her but I regret what happened. But I shouldn’t have gone along with it. It’s my own fault.’

Robert is being rather harsh on himself. Yes, he did go along with it, but he is a 15-year-old boy who had no idea how to handle his teacher’s advances.

And in her heart Madeleine Martin must know that she, and she alone, must be blamed both for Robert’s plight and for her own.

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11:40 12/3/2009

December 3rd 2009

Memphis, Tennessee – Last winter, a former (British) nanny and wife of a prominent Memphis businessman was charged with the statutory rape of her 15-year-old neighbor.

Emily Zinkus (pictured left) of Cordova, Tennessee is accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with her friend’s adolescent son who lived two doors down from her.

Becky Stone said her son, now 17, confessed he’d been sleeping with the 31-year-old Zinkus for two years.

“Your best friend doesn’t do this with your son, at 15,” Stone said.

On Wednesday, after serving three days in jail, Zinkus was granted one year probation. She must pay the courts $30 a month plus a $100 fine, and she’s ordered to stay away from Stone’s son.

The ruling came two days earlier than scheduled. Stone and her son were not given a chance to testify.

“What I was looking for the most is to keep her away from any other children,” Stone said.

Stone said she’d hoped Zinkus would be required to register as a sex offender.

Instead, if Zinkus doesn’t violate her probation, the charge will be erased from her record in one year.

Stone said she wonders whether the sentence would’ve been tougher if the sexes of those involved were reversed.

A representative from the District Attorney’s office says anyone with a clean record, regardless of sex, can request diversion on an aggravated statutory rape charge.,0,2925189.story

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04:07 12/3/200

December 2nd 2009

A Wentzville, Missouri woman was charged today with sex crimes against a 12-year-old boy.

Priscilla M. Pongspikul, 23, (pictured left) of the first block of Juno Drive, Wentzville was charged today with statutory rape and statutory sodomy.

Police said she had sex with the boy at her home in Wentzville the evening of Nov. 26.

On Tuesday, a doctor diagnosed Pongspikul with a sexually transmitted disease, police said. She told one of her friends to warn the boy’s mother he could have an STD.

The boy’s mother then called a hospital and police.

Police did not know what disease Pongspikul had. The boy tested negative for any disease.

Pongspikul admitted to investigators to having sex with the boy; she told detectives her judgment was impaired because she was drunk on vodka mixed with orange juice. She also told detectives she is learning disabled and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

She was jailed Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 bail.