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Sick teachers beg judge for leniency for pedophile colleague
Daily Caller ^ | 8-7-2013 | Eric Owens

Posted on 08/07/2013 6:09:19 PM PDT by servo1969

Residents in a speck of a rural farm town in northern Michigan want to recall a school board member and fire several teachers who showed support for a local middle school teacher convicted of having sexual relations with an eighth-grade student.

The teacher, Neal Erickson, had been a science and computer-education teacher at Rose City Middle School. He was convicted of having sex with an eighth-grade student on multiple occasions, reports The Detroit News.

The criminal case against Erickson began when a seven-year-old photograph of a 14-year-old boy was sent anonymously to the school board and superintendent. Details about what exactly was in the image are scant, but police concluded that the boy had sent it to Erickson in 2006.

The male in the photo, who is now a 21-year-old student at Western Michigan University, told police that he and the pedophile teacher had a homosexual relationship in 2006. At the time, the student was an eighth grader.

There were about 10 encounters. They involved oral sex, reports WSMH FOX 66. They occurred at the teacher’s house.

Erickson pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal sexual conduct. He was sentenced in July to 15 to 30 years in prison.

Prior to his sentencing, six current teachers and two retired ones penned letters to the presiding judge seeking leniency for their child-molesting colleague. The group — along with board member Michael Eagan — also sat with Erickson’s relatives during his sentencing hearing.

The letters painted a flattering picture of the convicted pedophile.

“I am asking that Neal be given the absolute minimum sentence, considering all the circumstances surrounding this case,” wrote concerned teacher Amy Huber Eagan, according to Eagnews.org. Eagan, who is board member Michael Eagan’s wife, also asked the judge to send the child molester to the county lockup, not some dangerous real prison.

“Neal made a mistake,” wrote teacher Sally Campbell. “He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more. He realized his mistake and ended it years before someone anonymously sent something to the authorities which began this legal process.”

“Neal has plead [sic] guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” teacher Harriett Coe swore. “This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends.”

The judge, Michael Baumgartner, told the audience he was disgusted by the support shown by Erickson’s colleagues.

“I’m appalled and ashamed that the community would rally around, in this case, you,” the judge said. “What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher.”

Usually lackluster Rose City has been a pretty crazy scene since the sentencing hearing.

“This case has taken on a life of its own,” said Erickson’s attorney, Mike Juarez, according to The Detroit News.

“There is only one person that’s a victim and that’s my son,” said John Janczewski, the father of the boy who was molested. “What kind of message do we send to the community, to the parents and students, by them being there and supporting this?”

A high percentage of residents seems to agree.

“How someone can support a child molester?” representative local Sam Cottle asked an Eagnews reporter. “None of these people have written a letter of support for the mom, dad, or son. What does that tell you?”

At the same time, Erickson and his letter-writing colleagues have solid support.

Brandon Larkin, who graduated from a local high school in 2001, suggested that Erickson has been treated unfairly because he is a man who molested a boy. A woman who did the same basic thing to a male student would have more support and wouldn’t face the same sentence.

“If that’s not slanted justice bordering on bigotry, I’m not sure what is,” Larkin told The Detroit News.

Also, in July, a presumably pro-molesting arsonist burned down the garage belonging to the unidentified student’s parents, John and Lori Janczewski.

The arsonist also spray-painted “YWP-ITY” on the side of the Janczewski house, notes Eagnews. Police say the letters are likely an acronym for “You will pay, I told you.”

The unknown perpetrator has not been arrested.

The Janczewskis are among the most vocal residents pushing for the school board to remove the six current teachers and the school board member who showed support for Erickson.

At a recent board meeting, several parents promised to pull their kids from the school district unless the sackings begin post-haste. This threat is problematic for the district, which is hurting for money and gets state money on a per-student basis. At the same time, any fired teachers will likely sue. They will argue that their constitutionally protected rights to free speech have been violated.

Litigation would be expensive—at least $500,000, estimates Eagnews.

“That’s money we don’t have,” school board member Dick Bachelder warned.

Meanwhile, Egan won’t resign. The teachers who supported Erickson will learn their fates at an August 19 school board meeting.


TOPICS: Education; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: leniency; michigan; nealerickson; pedophile; rosecity; support; teacher

1 posted on 08/07/2013 6:09:19 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969
He can't help it. He was "born that way."

sarc

2 posted on 08/07/2013 6:15:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Senator Foghorn says, You should never resist being raped, robbed, beat down or murdered.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

and he can die that way


3 posted on 08/07/2013 6:17:35 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: servo1969

6 teachers at a Middle school see nothing wrong with a teacher molesting a student.

Great public education in that town.


4 posted on 08/07/2013 6:24:50 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: servo1969
Fire them all, and disband the entire School Board.

Re-hire the sane and normal teachers, find replacements for those who don't think an adult teacher having sex with a child under their “power” is committing a crime.

The cleansing must begin.

5 posted on 08/07/2013 6:25:20 PM PDT by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: servo1969

Barf me out. That said, as gross as the pedophilia is, and it’s sick, sick sick....those defending the pervert have a freespeech right (ugh). I’d hate to be fired for my protected speech.


6 posted on 08/07/2013 6:25:31 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: servo1969

People should not be afraid to say, “Yes, you are right, it wouldn’t be as “bad” if it was a female teacher and a male student”. But still very very wrong. But it being a homosexual molestation makes it even worse in my opinion. No telling how many other children. At least most of the community is outraged.


7 posted on 08/07/2013 6:27:11 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan....)
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To: servo1969
sick teachers accessories
8 posted on 08/07/2013 6:27:18 PM PDT by Ray76 (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: servo1969

These people are mentally diseased and should be removed from society and kept far far from kids, and I am also referring to their supporters.


9 posted on 08/07/2013 6:30:03 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Drango

Speech is protected, but not a job.


10 posted on 08/07/2013 6:30:07 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Venturer

The parents in that city should be demanding those teachers be removed from their jobs.


11 posted on 08/07/2013 6:30:35 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Yeah - he is a victim...

Brandon Larkin, who graduated from a local high school in 2001, suggested that Erickson has been treated unfairly because he is a man who molested a boy. A woman who did the same basic thing to a male student would have more support and wouldn’t face the same sentence.

12 posted on 08/07/2013 6:34:09 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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How can you “have sex” with a 12-13 year old as a grown man? That should read, “The teacher raped a 12 year old boy.”


13 posted on 08/07/2013 6:34:47 PM PDT by Bodleian_Girl ("Progressive" is not a compliment folks....)
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To: servo1969

Tar and feathers had its place in reigning in offensive behavior.


14 posted on 08/07/2013 6:37:46 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: servo1969

As homosexuals always say whenever the media allows one of the thousands of these sick stories to see the light of day:...but he’s a pedophile, not a homosexual.


15 posted on 08/07/2013 6:38:57 PM PDT by Larry381 ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.")
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To: servo1969

“It was an isolated incident” BWAAHHAAHAA. “He let a close friendship get much too close” What business does an ADULT teacher have having a “close friendship” with an eighth grader? I’m surprised be didn’t say the kid seduced HIM.


16 posted on 08/07/2013 6:51:52 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
That is coming. Count on it. Ten years from now, Americans will be branded as bigots for arguing against pederasty.

Just remember......."It wasn't rape-rape."

17 posted on 08/07/2013 6:54:13 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: servo1969

Guy’s a faggot who got his jollies over and over at the expense of a boy’s emotional, physical and psychological safety.

This is not an isolated incident.

The other boys have not come forward yet.


18 posted on 08/07/2013 7:29:09 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: servo1969

I wonder how many of the buggery fans thought it was horrible that Mark Foley sent questionable text messages to one of his former pages.


19 posted on 08/07/2013 7:36:47 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: servo1969

And another homosexual pedophile comes to the surface and as usual, hand-wringing homosexual government employees want him not to be charged ! Time to do some house cleaning in that area....real quick.


20 posted on 08/07/2013 8:04:42 PM PDT by AKinAK
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21 posted on 08/07/2013 10:08:36 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (FUBO and that pre-op Tranny you call a wife!)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

Crap. Wrong thread.

And yeah, this just proves that Liberalism is a Mental Disease.


22 posted on 08/07/2013 10:24:18 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (FUBO and that pre-op Tranny you call a wife!)
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To: servo1969

more info at http://rosecity-mi.us


23 posted on 08/08/2013 1:41:10 PM PDT by junkman1
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