Another female sex-predator teacher gets off scot-freeThursday, June 1st, 2006
This seems to be the rule these days, not the exception. What is wrong with our judicial system?
A Michigan woman is following in the path of other female teachers who rape their students by receiving no jail time.
Kristen Margrif, 27, of Mayville, Mich., was given a one-year delayed sentence on three felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a student.
Tuscola County Circuit Judge Patrick Joslyn said if Margrif remains trouble-free for a year, prosecutors will reduce the charges to three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, which are misdemeanors, meaning she’ll only have to serve probation.
Margrif is also barred from schools and day-care facilities, will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years, and have no contact with people younger than 17 unless approved by a probation officer.
“I hope [Margrif’s sentence] will sway someone” from having sexual contact with students, prosecutor Mark Reene told the Saginaw News. “Why risk your professional career?”
According to the original criminal complaint, Margrif and the teen had sexual relations eight times between June and July 2005. The trysts reportedly took place in her car or at the store where the boy had a summer job.
In March, former Florida teacher Debra LaFave also raised eyebrows after getting no jail time despite having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
“I think she should have gone to jail, I’ve stuck by that all along,” the boy’s father told the Fox News Channel. “It’s a horrible, ugly thing that she’s done.”
“We’re very upset. I don’t feel there were enough consequences of actions. Hopefully all involved [are] conscious of the pain our son and family has endured,” he continued. “There’s no remorse at all. She didn’t take responsibility for anything.”
The phenomenon of teachers accused or convicted of having sex with their students has come to the forefront of national and international news in recent years.
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