That’s former Houston-area middle school teacher Marka Bodine above. Isn’t she pretty? Much too pretty to have to be in an icky old jail. So despite the fact that she was convicted of grooming, harassing, raping and continuously sexually abusing a 13-year-old student until he was 16 years old and finally alerted authorities, Bodine was only sentenced to to 60 days in jail with 10 years of probation. Shades of the infamous 2005 case of Debra Lafave, another sick but comely teacher who raped one of her 14-year-old students! Her lawyer successfully convinced the judge that their client was “too pretty for prison,” and honestly, who can argue with that? Here’s Debra:
As you can see, Marka isn’t quite the hottie that Debra was, so it’s only fair that she got some jail time. But wait! There’s more! Because Marka had given birth shortly before her sentencing (the baby was not her rape victim’s—Whew!— that would be the saga of teacher rapist Mary Kay LeTourneau), Harris County Judge Greg Glass postponed her imprisonment for a full year.Naturally Texas criminal defense attorneys, at least officially, think this is just hunky-dory. “The vast majority of the clients that I represented that are teaching professionals, most of them have not gone to prison,” criminal defense attorney Chris Tritico told the news media. “At the end of the day, you have a defendant that’s going to spend 60 days in jail and spend 10 years on probation. If she makes one mistake, this judge or whoever takes his place, can then put her in prison. The justice system has its thumb on her for a very, very long time.”
Poor thing! The criminal justice system can be so mean.
- Judge Glass is a lame duck, having been defeated for re-election. Good.
- This is an area where the gender discrimination is spectacularly infuriating, yet it has continued with little improvement for decades…centuries, in fact. Last year, a Florida technology teacher received a 40-year sentence for raping a 14-year-old student and sending her sexually explicit texts; a North Carolina teacher is about to serve 50 years for a similar crime.
- It is virtually certain that many instances of teachers of both sexes engaging in this kind of criminal betrayal of trust are never found out. Obviously when those who are apprehended receive such trivial punishment, the conduct is is more likely.
- Don’t get me started on our public school system and the lack of standardized ethics training and regulations for teachers….
- About 30% of the cases of teachers sexually abusing their students are women. Yet the popular culture and pop culture “influencers” like celebrated sexist pig Bill Maher place these episodes of child rape in a different category entirely. Not only is the sex “consensual” (the law says otherwise), but boys getting the chance to fulfill their sexual fantasies with female lust objects continue to be romanticized and fetishized, from the dreamy “Summer of ’42” to the 2020 Hulu mini-series “A Teacher,” starring Kate Mara and Nick Robinson,