Thursday, August 16, 2012

Free Brittni Colleps

A female teacher on trial might go to prison for having consensual sex with five male students. All of the men were 18 at the time, so she didn't statutorily rape anyone. Instead, she is being charged with a relatively new crime -- having an improper relationship with a student. A group sex video apparently taken by one of the young men was shown to the jury, and one of the young men testified: "She said that she craved, that I had something that she wanted."

A teacher-student sexual liaison involving adult students raises the prospect of improper coercion, but whether that occurred here is something we can't answer. In any event, regardless of the gender of the alleged perpetrator, we think this law is unjust, and that it is but another manifestation of our culture's hysteria about sex. Under the guise of "protecting the children," we have now officially turned grown men into infants. Is it any wonder we live in the Prison Capital of the World?

For the record, we don't condone what she did here -- to her husband or her family -- but that is a private matter. We do not regard these young men as victims, and we don't think this ought to be a crime. This is an apt case for jury nullification.