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Thursday, January 06, 2005

No Defense for YOU!

posted by Jazz at 1/06/2005 08:23:00 AM


Sometimes you can only hear so much bad news on a certain topic before you begin to get numb. Stories like this one, however, still seem to completely enrage me no matter how many of them I see. This just in, from your friends in Colorado.
The trial for a former Dakota Ridge High School teacher and tennis coach accused of sexually assaulting a student continued Wednesday, where his defense argued that he thought the girl he was in a relationship with was 18 years old.

Kevin Ponis, 36, was arrested in May, accused of grooming teenaged girls on the tennis team for sex. He faces charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and a pattern of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

His accuser testified Wednesday said she was 17-year-old senior at Dakota Ridge when she began a consensual sexual relationship with her tennis coach. She said she had developed a crush on him, and looked up to him and during one point, he had told her, "Think of me as a big brother. I will always be there for you."
(Reading the entire disgusting article, you'll find that he was doing as many as five students and former students.)

Ok, schmuck... listen up. You don't get a trial defense, comprende' Senor? You shouldn't even get a lawyer. You're a high school teacher and a student athletic coach. And you're HAVING SEX WITH YOUR STUDENTS. That is the END OF THE STORY. There is no lame excuse you can put up which entitles you to a do-over. I don't' care if she looked 18, or even said she was 18 or 19 or 20. She's one of your students. That would be a Bad Thing, mmmkay?

Off to jail with you, horn dog.