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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.
The kid was 18!
Supplying alcohol, yeah, but how can it be sexual assault with an 18-year-old (presumably willing) “victim”?
The kid was 18?
Not guilty. And I don’t even have to see a photo of the teacher.
Where were all these teachers when I was in high school?
Poor picture, but I vote 'Not Guilty'.
Then not guilty on aesthetic reasons as well
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.
Hmmm... she looks better in the blurry mugshot. I guess that’s where the alcohol came into play.
What happened to just baking cupcakes and singing happy birthday?
18? While not condoning the incident, but he was 18! Why are they even bothering?...........
Maybe, 10 whacks with a wet noodle...
I need to see a picture to know if he was willing. lol
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. ;)
10 hours of community service at the Boys Club.
Hehe. You brute, you.
LOL! I live in rural NC, so I know EXACTLY the mindset you're talking about.
My favorite birthday present.
It may be legal, but it isn’t ethical.
I know, I know. Ethics, shmethics. /s
Should there be a penalty for such a relationship? Yes.
Sexual assault on a CONSENTING ADULT? I think not.
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?
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.
It’s not a classroom to them - it’s a buffet table
Guilty. Sentenced to braces.
Hmm - I searched....I failed.
” “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.
Yeah, I feel cheated.
Her and Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, need to really think about who might be reading their text messages...
Sweetheart, you have to understand teenage boys. Sometimes the tailpipes of cars look good.
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.
Teacher should be fired. No questions asked. However, other than supplying liquor to a minor...this is a civil matter, not a criminal matter.
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.
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.
“It does seem that people just cant 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.
He became a man at 18.
After reading stories like this...I wish I could go back to high school!
Not guilty. How about those DSL?
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;