Female Sex Offender - Teacher
Plea Deal in Female Teacher-Student Sex Case Garnering National Attention
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, January 5, 2007
A Tooele prosecutor is defending his decision to make a plea deal for a substitute teacher accused of having sex with a student. It's an issue that's getting national attention.
Sean Hannity: "Another teacher accused of sex with a student."
In September, a judge ordered the substitute teacher, 29-year-old Cameo Patch, to serve three years of probation, pay a two-thousand dollars fine, undergo psychosexual evaluation and take part in treatment.
Deputy Tooele County Attorney Dave Cundick was asked by both hosts of Hannity and Colmes why he accepted the deal. He says the law is about prosecuting people accused of having sex with a minor isn't as clear as you may think.
Dave Cundick: "They have determined when someone is under the age of 16, then it doesn't matter. You're going to be found liable."
But, between the age of 16 and 18, Cundick says he has to prove the suspect knew the victim was underage.
Dave Cundick: "They have to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt. Could that have been done? Perhaps."
Cundick says he wasn't sure he could do that, so he made the deal.
Substitute Teacher Sentenced
Associated Press, September 20th, 2006
TOOELE, Utah, USA (AP) -- A female Tooele County substitute teacher accused of having sex with a 17-year-old boy who was a student in one of her classes has been sentenced.
A judge has ordered 29-year-old Cameo Patch to serve three years of probation, pay a two-thousand dollars fine, undergo psychosexual evaluation and take part in treatment.
Originally, Patch was charged with third-degree felony sexual battery. However, the charge was reduced to a class A misdemeanor.
Information from: Deseret Morning News
(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)