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How one female teacher’s 40 year sentence for raping a 14 year old boy upset the cart.

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Shannon Alicia Schmieder was 38 at the time she raped a 14 year old boy
Shannon Alicia Schmieder was 38 at the time she raped a 14 year old boy

Here’s an interesting story making the rounds this morning. Interesting in that it not only involves the vetting of punishment of a female school teacher, Shannon Alicia Schmieder for raping a 14 year old boy, but also interesting in the way the media have chosen to react to this woman’s sentencing and the way it forces us to reconsider gender equality.

Having confessed to two counts of sexual misconduct with a 14 year old boy the courts decided to sentence Ms Schmieder to a 40 year sentence (with 20 years to be served), yet in the reporting of this news item the dailymail has gone out of its way to let the readers know that the sentencing is comparable to what manslaughter or other serious criminal offenders are often given, failing to disclose that in fact it is often the case that males when found guilty of similar crimes are par for the course often given lengthy jail sentences.

Notes the dailymail: ‘We were forced to realize that role models of our community like preachers, teachers, scout leaders, coaches, and even mothers that you love and trust, and have known for years, and you would believe would never hurt your child could be a sex offender. This is physically and emotionally hard to accept.’

Shannon Alicia Schmieder, 39, was told she will have to serve 20 years – by far the toughest sentence ever handed out by a US court to an educator accused of underage sex.

Legal experts said the jail term was the same for manslaughter and other serious crimes.

Far the toughest? Not necessarily so. The toughest because she is a woman- quite arguably, but had the gender roles being reversed one wonders whether this incident would even be receiving media attention as it has become matter of fact that when males offend with respects to crimes like this severe punishments are a matter of par for the course. With respect to a woman receiving a sentence that some would consider arduous a sense of disquiet is now suddenly palpable, with the implication that perhaps it’s time to bang our pots and pans and express our displeasure. Never mind that the media likes to stay quiet or even reinforce such punishments when it is a man in the dock.

Reflects the mother of the 14 year old boy who’s trust and care she had given to Ms Schmieder:

‘We were forced to realize that role models of our community like preachers, teachers, scout leaders, coaches, and even mothers that you love and trust, and have known for years, and you would believe would never hurt your child could be a sex offender. This is physically and emotionally hard to accept.’

What may also be hard to accept is that it may be just about time that if we are to vet punishment against sexual offenders- we do it with an even hand and stop the pretense of how certain punishment have become so onerous, when one half of the population will tell you it has always been business as usual.

But if one really wants to gauge attitudes towards raped 14 year old boys and the female teachers who perpetrate these types of crimes, I have plucked a couple of dailymail reader comments which are quite revealing indeed:

They are sending a message to everyone else on this one. While I don’t agree with what she has done in any way. I really think that boys of 14 are not traumatized by sex with anyone. Hormones raging more so than girls. I bet there are many female teachers more than a little frantic on this sentence.

Interesting. Would they be saying that if the genders were reversed? What do you think? And here’s one that knocked me off my feet:

Oh my God 40 years! I assume this lady is a menace to society and this boy is damaged for ever? Absolutely not, this is a complete abuse of power by the Judge. Surely the harm caused to the victim and the danger to the general public should be taken into account in these matters? That ladies life is now over, they may as well have executed her for giving that lad (and lets be absolutely honest here) a great time and probably a safe, adult sex education without the risk of sexual transmitted diseases or pregnancy. I except she abused her position and should be punished but this sentence is appalling. 6 months and a record would have dealt with it. Also that mother needs a jolly good reality check, she’s obviously completely deluded. I expect she thinks those tissues under his bed are from blowing his nose?

Let the media indoctrination continue unabated.
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  • Bgm15901

    You know I am sick and tired of all this discussion about “are these incidents really a crime” and how it is punished. Look, she is the adult by law, she chose to break the law, now she is subject to the law. The fact that she was given a sentence that has not been consistent with past cases like this is I guess just her bad luck. Some want to apply conditions in these cases that contaminate the law. I was in the military for 22 yrs and was subject 24/7/365 to codes of conduct not normally applied to those in the civilian community. However I have my civilian counterparts in positions of trust like teachers, police officials and such. It was made very clear to me as I’m sure it is to those I mentioned this sort of conduct will not be tolerated. I can tell you that this sort of stuff happens all the time in the military and it is dealt accordingly. Why should this be any different? I you want to this sort of thing then don’t place yourself in a position of trust. Oh but wait that takes all the excitement out of it. Plain and simple case closed.

  • John_moore105

    You reap what you sow.

  • “Ms. Shannon tricked me, by tellimg me all boys learn how to be men from older women”

    The “teacher/lover” typology of female sexual offender typically elevates an adolescent boy to adult status and tend not to see the abusive behaviour as criminal. Instead, they believe the victim is a willing participant in a consensual relationship. This type of offender will typically act from a position of power that is achieved either through her age or her role in the boy’s life (e.g. as his teacher or babysitter) Although the initial sexual encounter is often not premeditated, it might later become the result of calculation and careful planning.

    Female Sexual Predators: Understanding Them to Protect Our Children and Youths

    http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?isbn=9780313366291

  • close friend

    Shannon was originaly charged with 2 counts of aggravated child molestation and 1 count of statutory rape. In the state of Georgia, aggravated child molestation carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Shannon plead guilty to 2 lesser counts of child molestation to avoid a possible life sentence. Due to the overwhelming evidence against her there was no way she would walk away. The child is less traumatized by the actual sexual acts than he is by the fact that someone he considered an aunt lied to him and manipulated him. “Ms. Shannon tricked me, by tellimg me all boys learn how to be men from older women. ‘I’m sure you brother has done this with someone.’ ” He was terrified that she wold go after his younger brothers or the friends of her young son. There was already evidence of inappropriate computer messages to other young boys.Child molesters always move on to another victim, and she is exactly where she needs to be to protect the children in our county.

  • 40 year sentence (with 20 years to be served) the toughest sentence ever handed out by a US court to a teacher accused of underage sex? Nonsense! What about former Washington elementary school teacher Jennifer Rice? She’s serving a minimum of 25 years.

    Teacher gets 25 years to life for sex crimes

    Student Victim: Sentence mandated for kidnapping and rape of 10-year-old

    http://www.theolympian.com/2009/07/25/920620/teacher-gets-25-years-to-life.html

    Court of Appeals of Washington,Division 2.

    STATE v. RICE

    STATE of Washington, Respondent, v. Jennifer Leigh RICE, Appellant.

    No. 39600-9-II.

    — January 19, 2011

    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/wa-court-of-appeals/1553559.html

  • Anonymous

    Wow if it was a man that had sex with a 14 year old girl and got 20 to 40 years that would be great? I mean what is the difference? No grown up should have sex with a child that is so sick. There are far to many woman school teacher that is that are having and raping 14 year old boys and getting away with it. I have a 15 year old boy and cant stomach the fact that some 30 or 40 year old trying to lay down with him and oh his mother will have a bigger fit. I would have to get her head checked out plus sow her vagina up with a pin and needle and if I’m correct, do she to have a 14 year child? Wow if so what have she done to him…

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