The lenient sentence Judge Aaron Persky handed to Stanford student Brock Turner for raping a drunken co-ed enraged the social media and the public conscience, resulting in thousands of op-eds, protests from feminists and rape-culture activists, petitions, a recall effort, and most devastating of all, an Ethics Alarms post.
Last week, a 33-year old high school teacher named Lindsay Himmelspach pleaded guilty to repeatedly having sex with two minor students at the high school, and received the almost the identical sentence, from another California judge, as Turner. Himmelspach recieved three years probation and four months in jail.
I’m listening, but I hear no screams of outrage.
The judge, Butte County Superior Court Judge James Reilley, administered the equivalent rap on the wrist that her Santa Clara colleague did on Turner because Himmelspach had no prior criminal record, she expressed remorse, and somehow he concluded that she’d never do such a thing again. (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact the she is hot, and the judge was thinking, “Those lucky bastards!”) Indeed, the judge didn’t even require the predator teacher to register as a sex offender, at least not yet. He’s keeping an open mind, and will decide after a separate hearing.
Now, it is true that there are strong arguments that what Turner did was worse than what the teacher did. There are also legitimate arguments that she warranted as much jail time as what protesters want him to serve, if not more. She had two victims, he had one. He engaged in one instance of rape, but Himmelspach was charged with two counts of “illegal sexual intercourse,” that is, statutory rape, that is, rape. Her exploitation of the boys occurred between May 15, 2015, and Sept. 15, 2015, and I doubt that they were playing Trivial Pursuit all that time. While Turner was one drunken student preying an another, Himmelspach was a trusted professional in a position of authority, using a child as her sex toy “She was my teacher, mom. What was I supposed to do?” one of her victims alledgedly said.
While activists are currently trying to make it seem like college is a veritable rape hunting ground for young, innocent, vulnerable women, these are adults on both sides of the campus equation, and adults of equal power and status. Legally, Himmelspach’s quarry were children, and she was a professional entrusted with their education, not their introduction into the Wonderful World of Illicit Sex with Middle-Aged Women.
Is the problem of sexual predator teachers in public schools worse than the problem of male college students not knowing that no means no (or that yes might also mean no unless you have a signed affidavit)?
I’m not sure. I do know this, though:
1.The hypocrisy of feminists is palpable.
2. The message sent by the lenient sentence for the predator teacher should be more troubling than Turner’s sentence, if only because it is fairly typical of such cases when the female teacher’s face won’t stop a clock.
3. The alleged “war on women” on college campuses should not take higher priority than the war on innocent children in our schools.
4. If the genders were reversed, I guarantee that Brie Turner’s light sentence for ravishing a drunken frat boy would be getting the same “meh” reaction as Himmelspach’s sentence is now, and Mr. Lindsay Himmelspach would be facing hard time….
5….especially if “Brie” were as cute as the actual teacher.
Source: Chicago ER