A well-respected 33-year-old teacher from one of Burbank’s public schools recently confessed to having an sexual relations with a 14-year-old boy. The affair began in March 2009 and continued until last December. According to an article from the Burbank Leader, the woman walked into the local police station, allegedly full of guilt, and confessed to the crime with her attorney present. Police and school officials were unaware of the Los Angeles sexual crime beforehand. The former student, now 15, confirmed the woman’s story.
The Burbank teacher is currently being charged with five counts of engaging in sex acts with a person under 16 and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. The criminal arraignment was scheduled for March 25. She has made no effort to post her $175,000 bail. Psychologists have been provided by officials for students at the school.
According to a USC sociologist, teacher-student sex scandals are rare. The most famous case, brought to public attention in the early 1990s, included a Washington teacher, 34, who ultimately served seven years in prison for having an affair with a 12-year-old boy. The two have since married.
Despite the rarity of these types of sex scandals, sex crimes in Southern California are common. Being accused of a sex crime, whether or not one is committed, can have devastating effects on a person’s life. If you have been accused of a sex offense in Los Angeles County, you still have rights. The experienced Los Angeles sex crime lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan can help protect your constitutional rights and ensure an aggressive defense. Call our offices today at 866-430-8383 for a free and comprehensive evaluation of your sex offense case.