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Teachers Rally Behind Child Molester Colleague
National Review ^ | 09/03/2013 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 09/03/2013 11:22:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Dear Lord:

That’s when they learned for the first time that numerous teachers in the school district wrote to the court to plead for a lenient sentence for their colleague. They were shocked to see several teachers – and school board member Mike Eagan – sitting across the courtroom with the sex offender’s family.

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

“I am asking that Neal be given the absolute minimum sentence, considering all the circumstances surrounding this case,” wrote Amy Huber Eagan, a teacher and wife of board member Mike Eagan. “I am also hoping that he can stay remanded to the custody of the Ogemaw County Jail and not be sent to a prison facility.”

“Neal has pled (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” teacher Harriett Coe wrote, according to the Herald. “This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends. He has been candid and conveyed his action to his family, friends and co-workers.”

In all, 10 people, including seven WB-RC teachers, submitted letters of support for Erickson, most pleading for a reduced sentence. They included Campbell, Amy Eagan, Coe, Toni Erickson, Carol Rau, Marilyn Glover, Sandi Lee, Kathryn Weber, Kathleen Sheel and Kathleen Palmer, the Herald reports.

Judge Michael Bumgartner told Erickson he was “appalled and ashamed that the community could rally around, in this case, you,” according to the Herald.

“What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher,” he said shortly before sentencing Erickson to 15-30 years in prison.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: childmolester; moralabsolutes; pedophile; publicschools; teachers
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1 posted on 09/03/2013 11:22:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I would not want those teachers who supported this creep teaching my children.


2 posted on 09/03/2013 11:25:59 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals just disgust me!


3 posted on 09/03/2013 11:26:09 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: SeekAndFind

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

The whole, “they got away with it at the time” defense...

Oh so a Nazi who worked at Auschwitz who was able to flee to Argentina shouldn’t be persecuted because he was able to escape justice for a few years...

Braindead stupid Lie-beral thinking!

I say they should fry the bastard!


4 posted on 09/03/2013 11:28:01 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

This story was just awful Fortunately the judge used his common sense and this db will be spending nights with bubba. Hope he enjoys it


5 posted on 09/03/2013 11:28:46 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

All of them should forfeit their jobs as sex predator promoters.


6 posted on 09/03/2013 11:30:56 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m pretty sure that no one this thread is surprised that the teachers are supporting thin guy. After all, there isn’t anything wrong with pedophilia. /sar


7 posted on 09/03/2013 11:33:05 AM PDT by animal172 (Calling Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind

50 shades of Neal


8 posted on 09/03/2013 11:33:08 AM PDT by Edgar3 (America is alive within our hearts, but not within her borders.)
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To: arthurus

their jobs are safe, the school board said so


9 posted on 09/03/2013 11:33:18 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure he apologizes to “anyone who might have been offended”


10 posted on 09/03/2013 11:33:47 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: SeekAndFind

Alas, Brave New Babylon.

Won’t be long now.


11 posted on 09/03/2013 11:35:24 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: GeronL

I’m sure and they all get glowing recommendations added to their files.


12 posted on 09/03/2013 11:35:28 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: SeekAndFind

Beyond sick. How old was the boy?


13 posted on 09/03/2013 11:35:40 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: SeekAndFind

They’re getting ridiculous with the open hypocrisy. This same bunch would have nailed a priest to the wall for the same thing-rightfully so, if he was convicted-but when it’s one of their own, they have no shame in asking for leniency, and leniency to an absurd degree. Everybody on the left is just the same in having this hypocrisy, no matter what the topic.


14 posted on 09/03/2013 11:38:08 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: TexasGator

He was 14 in 2006.


15 posted on 09/03/2013 11:38:28 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Dante3

“Neal has pled (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” teacher Harriett Coe wrote, according to the Herald. “This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends. He has been candid and conveyed his action to his family, friends and co-workers.”

If it took a few years to find out this guy was molesting a kid, how do we know that there have been others in the past or another one between the previous kid and now?

Did he admit to his crime out of the blue or was he forced to admit to it? Not that it matters either way because he should burn in hell for what he has done.


16 posted on 09/03/2013 11:38:47 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like they support the gay pedophile. No way this was a “one time mistake.”


17 posted on 09/03/2013 11:39:54 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SeekAndFind

In before the pervert loving creeps who defend the behavior of the Catholic Church when it exhibits identical behavior chime in to say how terrible this is.

This is bad every time. No matter who does it.

They all need millstones.


18 posted on 09/03/2013 11:40:04 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I suspect the sentence was a a reflection of the judge’s outrage at the support shown the offender. Good for the judge.


19 posted on 09/03/2013 11:40:40 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Dante3
You have to remember, teacher's union trumps honor for teachers just as political party trumps all for most politicians.
20 posted on 09/03/2013 11:43:58 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Judge Michael Bumgartner told Erickson he was “appalled and ashamed that the community could rally around, in this case, you,” according to the Herald.

“What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher,” he said shortly before sentencing Erickson to 15-30 years in prison.

Somebody buy Judge Bumgartner a dinner in the restaurant of his choice, and give him a cigar. Give him a whole box if he likes them. No telling how many future kids he saved.

21 posted on 09/03/2013 11:47:41 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: MrEdd
They all need millstones.

And a sea. I'd settle for a lake.

22 posted on 09/03/2013 11:48:51 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: GraceG

The only reason he ‘ended it’ was probably because the kid got too old for his preferences. He probably transferred that attention to another kid. Need to find out any more victims.


23 posted on 09/03/2013 11:50:27 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind

Good God, these people make me want to puke. How in the hell do they sleep at night? They might have a change in attitude if .. God forbid.. one of THEIR kids is so victimized.


24 posted on 09/03/2013 11:51:31 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: mrsmel

They’re getting ridiculous with the open hypocrisy. This same bunch would have nailed a priest to the wall for the same thing-rightfully so, if he was convicted-but when it’s one of their own, they have no shame in asking for leniency, and leniency to an absurd degree. Everybody on the left is just the same in having this hypocrisy, no matter what the topic.

That is a very good point, the liberals are the first to scream about the Altar Boys being abused because it easily serves their anti-religion religion. But when it comes to protecting their own they circle the wagons...


25 posted on 09/03/2013 11:52:55 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

No bridge is too far if it serves or protects the sodomite agenda-the only reason they went after the priests was because the RCC wouldn’t cave to them on the issue and get on the sodomite juggernaut with all the power of the RCC. That must really burn them. I hope their other tactics of infiltration and take-over, or death by a million cuts, don’t ever begin to work on the RCC.


26 posted on 09/03/2013 12:01:39 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: SeekAndFind
He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more

Sick.

If I remember correctly, the victim in this case (a boy, gender having been conveniently left out of the story) was 13 or 14 when the "relationship" developed.

This wasn't a couple of star-crossed lovers, or a Romeo and Juliet (or Romeo?) love affair. It was a man who got caught diddling a young boy, and who was a good enough con man to get other adults - who should know better - to support him.

27 posted on 09/03/2013 12:01:45 PM PDT by wbill
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To: MrEdd

And as if the above news I posted to you weren’t enough, we have this:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3041283/posts

CONTROVERSIAL CALIFORNIA BILL EXEMPTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM SEX ABUSE LAWSUITS

We can’t even trust our lawmakers to protect children.


29 posted on 09/03/2013 12:07:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

A mistake is something that occurs on a test at school.

Felony pedophilia is not a mistake.


30 posted on 09/03/2013 12:17:22 PM PDT by wildbill
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'Neal made a mistake,' teacher Sally Campbell

Well, he didn't groom and molest YOUR son did he? Do you have ANY sympathy for the family of this boy?

Their son had grown increasingly distant from the once close-knit family through his early teens, as Erickson, his middle school math teacher, manipulated the young boy into a twisted relationship that lasted from Aug. 2006 to Aug. 2009....The Janczewskis (family of victim) felt betrayed, hurt, and angry.

In October 2012, Lori Janczewski was diagnosed with cancer. Days later they received more heartbreaking news.

'Four days after my wife was diagnosed, a state trooper came out to our house and we found out our son was molested,' said Janczewski, who is also fighting his own battle with Multiple Sclerosis. 'Somebody sent an anonymous email with pictures of my son to the board of education and the superintendent.'

This family is going to need a lot of support in the coming days. How tragic for them to have to sit by as IDIOTS support their son's MOLESTER instead of them and their victimized son.

31 posted on 09/03/2013 12:19:41 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Oh, What Fresh Hell Is This??)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for posting. The original article is well worth reading — if you can stomach it. I hate to quit reading I was so angry then forced myself to read the rest.

DH has already said if it were us and our young son, there wouldn’t be a need for a court case. He is a man of honesty and integrity and loves his kids fiercely so I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t do exactly what needs to be done.


32 posted on 09/03/2013 12:23:34 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes 5 years in a row.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Union schools are child abuse.


33 posted on 09/03/2013 12:24:05 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The teacher who molested this boy was a man, to the pc left this is a major problem. How do they allow a member of a protected class (gay men) suffer for his crime. The word rape is reserved for attacking republicans in their so-called war on women.

what is a good leftist to do?

34 posted on 09/03/2013 12:29:21 PM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: SeekAndFind

Libs will forgive everything...except having a viewpoint differing from theirs.


35 posted on 09/03/2013 1:07:15 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: SeekAndFind
As Bagehot said. we eat at a common table , but we each have our rooms. They think they know the guy but do not know what dark things he keeps in his room.
36 posted on 09/03/2013 1:52:01 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: SeekAndFind

Once a homosexual pedophile, always a homosexual pedophile ! Just because the crime is not fresh, like murder, it means nothing. Send him to the BIG HOUSE so he can learn what it means to be a sodomite of children and not a breeder.


37 posted on 09/03/2013 1:57:29 PM PDT by AKinAK
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“Neal made a mistake,” teacher Sally Campbell

What if he made that mistake with YOUR kid, Sally? No problem, right?

38 posted on 09/03/2013 2:18:00 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Travis McGee

No, it won’t. Glad I upgraded the optical gear on my battle rifle and carbine. My eyes aren’t as good as they used to be.


39 posted on 09/03/2013 3:40:52 PM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: Noumenon

Optics keep us in the game, that is for sure.


40 posted on 09/03/2013 4:40:53 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Dante3

the total lack of judgement in this society....the total disregard for the safety of children...its all about ME..ME...Me....


41 posted on 09/03/2013 5:22:14 PM PDT by cherry
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