Wife of Teacher Accused of Molesting 13-Year-Old Student Stands by Her Man

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policeDo you ever read a news story so horrible that you try to convince yourself it isn't true? Take the story of Daniel Reilly. He was a sixth grade teacher in New York City. Was that is, until allegations came out that he'd been sleeping with a young girl, a former student.

Oh, but I'm not done. Reilly is a new father of an 11-month-old baby, and cops say he had been having sex with the now 14-year-old victim in the apartment he shares with his wife and baby.

And it seems like his wife is standing by him.

Mrs. Reilly was photographed coming out of the courtroom where the now disgraced teacher faced multiple charges of rape, endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual abuse. The girl's sister allegedly found text messages between Reilly and her, text messages that police say prove the sexual relationship. Right now he's out on bail, so it will be up to the courts to determine his guilt.

But I can't help but wonder what's going through his wife's head right now. Her husband is charged with raping a child.

They have a child.

Her husband is accused of violating the sanctity of their home. And she has to share that home with him.

Good for her for doing what is best for her family, but I don't envy her, that's for sure. She's got the world on her shoulders right now.

How do people get past an accusation like this?

I'll allow that even the most depraved killers have people who still love them. People can learn to love the sinner even as they hate the sin. But some things go beyond the pale.

For me it would be my husband and father of my child accused of raping a child.

How about you? Could you stand by a guy accused of something so heinous?


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Christine Netemeyer

You need to know the entire situation. Is this an accusation or a fact? did this teacher actually molest this child? I'm not saying it did or didn't happen. I'm saying that sometimes people see or hear what they want to believe. And yes sadly there are those willing to accuse based on hearsay,not actual facts. As to moving on, there is no advice. You just do it. If you can't then you get out.



nonmember avatar Lydia

Yep, another man hurting children and yet most women will insist men are natural born instinct sex predators!

LostS... LostSoul88

maybe she knew all along and got off on it.... There is nut cases out there liek that.

redK8... redK8blueSt8

While it is technically statutory rape and abuse of authority, if the accounts are as you say here, it wasn't rape of the unwilling. Underage, but it sounds like the girl wasn't taken by force. Doesn't make it not wrong and vile, but I see it as more of an affair than raping a child. There are 13 year old girls out there most certainly choosing to have sex.


nonmember avatar MrsC

6 months after my husband and I wed he was arrested for rape of a young pregnant girl. I knew he didn't do it and 2 years worth of trial they found him innocent. Once they pulled out the video footage they realized this girl was lying. Hardest 2 years of my life but I knew he was innocent all along. Just because it was written or read doesn't mean it's true. September makes 9 years married :)

Joy Higginbotham

On the other side, though I know a woman who supported the sexual molester of her two daughters, stayed with him, and plans to live with him again when he gets out of jail, at the expense of her relationship with her daughters. It may take all kinds, but some kinds are not something I'd want to be around. . .

Missa58 Missa58

The wife of my daughter's molester/rapist not only stayed with him through the trial (where he pled guilty) but afterwards as well. This was almost 20 years ago and she is still with him.

Amanda Solita Shovlin

I could only read the first page of the article but it says they used a code name. We don't know if there was any evidence that the girl was ever in his apartment. She could have been sleeping with someone else and just said it was her teacher so she didn't get in trouble. I agree sometimes there are cases where you thought you knew your partner, but they turned out to be some crazy serial killer, or had 3 different families. But If you believe that your partner is innocent, then you stand by your man! He has been ACCUSED! Not found guilty. So far the only thing I can see is they have text messages from the girl with a code name. That's nothing.

Anna Terry

the question posed was would you stand by your spouse if he/she were accused of doing something this heinous? On the off chance that this is an accurate and factual case, which I pray to God it isn't, I would not only leave my spouse but probably give them a good old fashioned Brooklyn beat down for doing something so repulsive and disgustingly vile to a child. I'm a mother, teacher and wife and doing something like this is so wrong on every level!

Angie Frazier

Code name or not, if it's his cell phone number then that is proof it was him. Statutory rape is sex with a minor. A child is being taken advantage of if an adult has sex with them. I would be livid if my daughter was having sex at 14 with anyone. But because he is a grown man and he's married with a child and she was at one time his student it's even worse.

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