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Bentonville teacher accused of having sex with student
KFSM News 5 ^ | 2/18/08 | Mary Marsh

Posted on 02/20/2008 5:57:25 AM PST by day10

BENTONVILLE - A Bentonville High School math teacher is behind bars after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Bentonville police arrested 32-year-old Melissa Monroe of Bella Vista Tuesday, after an investigation led them to believe Monroe had recently been involved in a sexual relationship with one of her male students.

Bentonville Police Chief James Allen explains, "She had texted another teacher, you know, the thing about, 'I can't believe the mistake I've made,' and 'you won't believe what I've done.'"

Based on text messages Monroe sent to a fellow teacher, Bentonville police say Monroe may have planned the incident. They say she did provide the minor with alcohol during the encounter, which occurred at Monroe's Bella Vista home.

Chief Allen says, "This happened to be on a date back in late January, which, uh, happened to be the boy's 18th birthday."

Bentonville High School Principal Steve Jacoby says he and the faculty were stunned by the news of the teacher-student relationship. "They were shocked. They were disappointed. There were tears, because she was a well-respected faculty member here on campus."

Jacoby says he's never had anything like this happen before. "This is my 38th year, and this is the first incident of this magnitude that I've been involved in."

Allen says situations like this make it hard for other teachers, trying to do their job. "They're playing with, not only their career, but their life, marriages. All that goes out the window when criminal behavior like this takes place. This is just a black eye on all those good teachers who are out there doing their job."

Monroe is facing charges of a Class B Felony for sexual assault, as well as knowingly giving alcohol to a minor, a Class C Misdemeanor. If convicted, she will face from 5 to 20 years in prison.


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Yet another with a bit of twist considering the kid's age.
1 posted on 02/20/2008 5:57:25 AM PST by day10
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To: jasoncann

Ping!


2 posted on 02/20/2008 5:57:46 AM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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To: day10

The kid was 18!


3 posted on 02/20/2008 5:59:19 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: day10

Supplying alcohol, yeah, but how can it be sexual assault with an 18-year-old (presumably willing) “victim”?


4 posted on 02/20/2008 5:59:52 AM PST by Sloth (If you took an oath to support & defend the U.S. Constitution, can you vote for its domestic enemy?)
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To: day10

The kid was 18?

Not guilty. And I don’t even have to see a photo of the teacher.


5 posted on 02/20/2008 6:01:34 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: day10

Where were all these teachers when I was in high school?


6 posted on 02/20/2008 6:02:13 AM PST by utherdoul
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To: Constitution Day
This is the best pic I can find so far:


7 posted on 02/20/2008 6:04:20 AM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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To: day10

Poor picture, but I vote 'Not Guilty'.

8 posted on 02/20/2008 6:05:32 AM PST by Sloth (If you took an oath to support & defend the U.S. Constitution, can you vote for its domestic enemy?)
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To: day10

Then not guilty on aesthetic reasons as well


9 posted on 02/20/2008 6:05:45 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: day10

Pretty lady.

I don’t see how a law can be passed to keep two consenting ADULTS from having a relationship, even if they are teacher and student.


10 posted on 02/20/2008 6:06:38 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: day10

Hmmm... she looks better in the blurry mugshot. I guess that’s where the alcohol came into play.


11 posted on 02/20/2008 6:06:39 AM PST by Sloth (If you took an oath to support & defend the U.S. Constitution, can you vote for its domestic enemy?)
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To: day10
Her profile page is still active here:

Profile
12 posted on 02/20/2008 6:07:29 AM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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To: day10

What happened to just baking cupcakes and singing happy birthday?


13 posted on 02/20/2008 6:08:26 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: day10

18? While not condoning the incident, but he was 18! Why are they even bothering?...........


14 posted on 02/20/2008 6:10:19 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Constitution Day
I'm letting her off with a stern warning...

Maybe, 10 whacks with a wet noodle...

15 posted on 02/20/2008 6:11:04 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Sloth

I need to see a picture to know if he was willing. lol


16 posted on 02/20/2008 6:11:12 AM PST by When do we get liberated? ((Ok, Im the official Pit Bull Defender/If you can't stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.)
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To: Constitution Day
I don’t see how a law can be passed to keep two consenting ADULTS from having a relationship, even if they are teacher and student.

You underestimate the determination of the Old Testament Retributionist. Stoning would remain a viable option in communities like this, were it not for those pesky Feds. ;)

17 posted on 02/20/2008 6:16:59 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: When do we get liberated?
Reading these posts supports my theory. Guys haven’t changed. Yall are the way you always have been. Women used to be a man’s conscience though:’)
18 posted on 02/20/2008 6:17:47 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: day10

10 hours of community service at the Boys Club.


19 posted on 02/20/2008 6:18:02 AM PST by pissant (Time for a CONSERVATIVE party)
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To: day10

Not guilty


20 posted on 02/20/2008 6:21:54 AM PST by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: Hatteras

Hehe. You brute, you.


21 posted on 02/20/2008 6:22:47 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Stoning would remain a viable option in communities like this, were it not for those pesky Feds. ;)

LOL! I live in rural NC, so I know EXACTLY the mindset you're talking about.

22 posted on 02/20/2008 6:27:36 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: day10

My favorite birthday present.


23 posted on 02/20/2008 6:35:45 AM PST by em2vn
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To: Constitution Day

It may be legal, but it isn’t ethical.

I know, I know. Ethics, shmethics. /s


24 posted on 02/20/2008 6:36:25 AM PST by bizeemommie
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To: bizeemommie
Monroe is facing charges of a Class B Felony for sexual assault,

Should there be a penalty for such a relationship? Yes.

Sexual assault on a CONSENTING ADULT? I think not.

25 posted on 02/20/2008 6:38:23 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

All right. I concede that this is not sexual assault.

I am just getting so tired of reading stories about teachers that are goofing around with their students. Is it really that difficult to find someone your own age, and who is not sitting at a desk in your classroom?


26 posted on 02/20/2008 6:45:41 AM PST by bizeemommie
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To: day10

I could see her getting administrative punishment because of her role as a teacher—definitely fire her and rip her teaching credentials. But if she did it with the boy on his 18th birthday? He’s legal. Not a felony, not even a misdemeanor.

And not guilty, either.

}:-)4


27 posted on 02/20/2008 6:46:08 AM PST by Moose4 (Hey GOP...don't move toward the middle. Move the middle toward us.)
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To: bizeemommie

It’s not a classroom to them - it’s a buffet table


28 posted on 02/20/2008 6:46:22 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: day10

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1973129/posts


29 posted on 02/20/2008 6:48:30 AM PST by redrunner (A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. -- Aesop)
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To: Hatteras

Guilty. Sentenced to braces.


30 posted on 02/20/2008 6:48:49 AM PST by Dysart
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To: day10

31 posted on 02/20/2008 6:49:22 AM PST by redrunner (A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. -- Aesop)
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To: redrunner

Hmm - I searched....I failed.

Apologies.


32 posted on 02/20/2008 6:49:59 AM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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To: Hatteras
Maybe, 10 whacks with a wet noodle...

That's what got her in trouble in the first place (grins)
33 posted on 02/20/2008 6:50:08 AM PST by RedMonqey
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To: day10

No worries...


34 posted on 02/20/2008 6:50:35 AM PST by redrunner (A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. -- Aesop)
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To: day10

” “They’re playing with, not only their career, but their life, marriages. “

And because of this new trend, young horny teenage boys have become bolder in hitting on older women.
Now they think every woman over the age of 25 is a “cougar”, and their flirting is not appreciated by normal women.


35 posted on 02/20/2008 6:52:06 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: utherdoul

Yeah, I feel cheated.


36 posted on 02/20/2008 6:52:55 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: day10

Not Guilty!


37 posted on 02/20/2008 6:54:21 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: day10
"She had texted another teacher, you know, the thing about, 'I can't believe the mistake I've made,' and 'you won't believe what I've done.'"

Her and Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, need to really think about who might be reading their text messages...

38 posted on 02/20/2008 6:55:33 AM PST by redrunner (A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. -- Aesop)
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To: bizeemommie

Sweetheart, you have to understand teenage boys. Sometimes the tailpipes of cars look good.


39 posted on 02/20/2008 6:55:34 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: day10

As a former teacher, I’m always horrified when stories like this make the news. A teacher sleeping with a student is about as inappropriate as it gets (except a President sleeping with an intern, but I digress).

That said, I don’t think a sexual assault charge is warranted here. The student was legally an adult, and barring any mental/emotional problems, was able to give consent. Prosecute her on the alcohol offense, revoke her teaching license, and call it a day.


40 posted on 02/20/2008 6:58:39 AM PST by DemforBush
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To: day10
I would submit that the kid knew exactly what he was doing.

Teacher should be fired. No questions asked. However, other than supplying liquor to a minor...this is a civil matter, not a criminal matter.

41 posted on 02/20/2008 6:59:14 AM PST by wbill
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To: Scotswife
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42 posted on 02/20/2008 7:02:59 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Scotswife

It does seem that people just can’t control themselves. Or maybe it has been happening all along and now is more evident with 24/7 news, internet, etc.


43 posted on 02/20/2008 7:03:19 AM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Oh, I understand teenage boys. As much as I need to, anyway. I have one living in my house. I am just saying that an adult teacher needs to learn a little control. If they are looking for a love partner at work, maybe they should get another job.


44 posted on 02/20/2008 7:06:34 AM PST by bizeemommie
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To: day10

“It does seem that people just can’t control themselves. Or maybe it has been happening all along and now is more evident with 24/7 news, internet, etc.”

We’ve dumped real religion and created a god out of hedonism and sex.
There seems to be a large group of people flailing about with no grounding in solid values and social limits.


45 posted on 02/20/2008 7:16:58 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Red Badger

He became a man at 18.


46 posted on 02/20/2008 7:22:09 AM PST by Married with Children
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To: Emperor Palpatine

After reading stories like this...I wish I could go back to high school!


47 posted on 02/20/2008 7:23:49 AM PST by Married with Children
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To: Scotswife

You’re correct.


48 posted on 02/20/2008 7:23:57 AM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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To: day10

Not guilty. How about those DSL?


49 posted on 02/20/2008 7:25:16 AM PST by Moleman
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To: Constitution Day

Arkansas Code 5-14-103. Sexual Assault Second Degree:

(A) A person commits sexual assault in the second degree if the person:

...

(5) Is a teacher in a public school in grades kindergarten through twelve (K-12) and engages in sexual contact with another person who is a student enrolled in the school and who is less than twenty-one (21) years of age;


50 posted on 02/20/2008 7:26:17 AM PST by yourethebook
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