Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault of Student Deserves a Break (VIDEO)

teacher charged with sexual assault nesbitA high school teacher in Pennsylvania named Emily Nesbit is facing felony charges after she was caught having sex with one of her students. The twist here that is different from many similar stories we've heard before ... The student is 18 years old currently, and it seems that he was when he was in this inappropriate relationship with Nesbit.

The 11th grade English teacher admitted she had been having sex with him, and they were even involved in an encounter in a classroom as recently as two weeks ago, according to Cumberland County authorities. But two days after school officials learned of her alleged hook-ups, Nesbit reportedly abruptly resigned, later turning herself into police on Friday. She was then formally charged with institutional sexual assault and now faces up to seven years behind bars. (Meanwhile, the student faces no charges.)

While I could see the need for a jail sentence for Nesbit, I'm not sure up to seven years is necessary, considering the age of the student.

Whether or not we think of it as such in this context, 18 is legally an adult. Eighteen-year-olds can serve in our military, buy cigarettes, and vote. Thus, it's not like the government doesn't see an 18-year-old as fully aware of his actions. This one allegedly had listed his teacher in his cellphone contacts as "my lady friend"! It definitely doesn't sound like he was an innocent, naive party, unaware that this relationship was inappropriate. And yet, he isn't facing any charges -- but Nesbit faces up to seven years ...

That said, of course it falls on a 31-year-old teacher to reject obviously inappropriate situations like this. And it seems Nesbit realizes she was in the wrong, as her lawyer stated:

She intends to accept responsibility in court and continue to work on her personal issues that led to the alleged inappropriate conduct.

This isn't at all one of the worst instances of inappropriate teacher conduct we've ever seen, and it definitely shouldn't be punished as such. Especially if Nesbit is only going to be sent to jail for seven years so the county can make an example of her.

What do you think should happen to this teacher?

in the news, sex crime

18 Comments

To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

nonmember avatar Dawn

Honestly, the age of 18 in this instance is not the issue. The issue is a teacher/authority figure acting inappropriately with a student. What does anyone know of this student? Are they emotionally needy? Are there issues at home? This is a blatant abuse of her position. The consequences are just.

MrsLa... MrsLandon2012

Is she a registered sex offender now? Because if he's 18, that's not illegal, as you've made clear. Yes, I think she should do some jail time due to the inappropriate nature of the relationship(teacher/student), but seven years seems a little harsh, seeing that he was a legal adult at the time.

Amber Kennedy

I don't understand how a relationship between two consenting adults could result in 7 years of jail time, at all. I could understand if she were fired or disciplined professionally.

Jacee... Jacee2348

While the teacher should be fired and never allowed to teach again (in my opinion), I don't believe this constitutes jail time, ONLY because the student was 18 years old and considered a legal adult.  However, that does NOT mean that I think her actions were justified and she definitely should have been the adult and refrained from any relationship, at the very least until the student had graduated!  I don't really understand why the 18 year old student would face jail time but the author of this story seems puzzled by that fact.  If a sexual encounter occurred between these two on school grounds, I could see the 18 year old facing punishment or expulsion according to school rules & policies, but not jail time. 

nonmember avatar Erica

She was a teacher who had sex with her student. They were together at school at least once. That is NEVER appropriate, regardless of age. Not even in college when two fully grown adults are involved. It would be different if she wasn't his teacher. She shouldn't get a break. It was consensual, but as a teacher she's the one who is responsible for not allowing something like this to happen.

nonmember avatar blue

And if she was a man, you'd want to hang him by his balls.

Hello07 Hello07

Jacee: completely agree



Should she ever be allowed to teach again, no.

But he was 18 and you have to have a line in the sand somewhere. 18 year olds are adults. That's were are society choose to place our Lin in the sand and we should follow that.

Elaine Cox

you wanna cut her a break ..but rememeber it when it is a man

Laine... Lainey0468

Wow....they should just make her resign, get some help and hopefully move on.  Not ruin her life for God's sake.

IKnow... IKnow0101

Well if the student is 18 and over I don't believe the teacher should go to jail for it.  I find this behavior extremely inappropriate and the teacher should lose her license.  But lets be honest for a moment, these kids are not all that innocent but adults should not be taking advantage of them.  I heard rumors in my high school about a 19 year old senior and and a 23 year old teacher.  There was only a four year difference so I don't know what would be done about that the situation.

1-10 of 18 comments 12 Last