Teachers GONE WILD! Conclusion: Linda R. Nef gets 3 years in prison

August 6, 2009

Debra LaFave was/is the most attractive teacher I have ever seen make such a terrible decision in my life....

Debra LaFave was/is the most attractive teacher I have ever seen make such a terrible decision in my life....

EPILOGUE to this story…

I will be the first to admit that when I went to school, I had a crush on a teacher.  I think that I was in the tenth grade and she might have been about 23 or 24.   I wasn’t brazen or bold enough to act on those feelings.  Soon, after having relations again with someone my own age, those feelings (which I would never act on) went away.

This might be the time to bring up the STOP SNITCHING campaign...

This might be the time to bring up the STOP SNITCHING campaign...

(You should go to here for more of the their list, or to badbadteacher.com for more teachers behaving poorly…)

When I graduated college, I started working at debate camps.  At debate camps, instructors are placed on a pedestal.  You have a bunch of students who are trying to get themselves better.  You have achieved things that the students want to reach.  In the advertising, they list all your major accomplishments, making you look like a champ. They look at you as an idol and this gives you some control and power.

It’s easy to abuse power in this situation.  The members of the crew here at Too Old have avoided the temptation to abuse power, but we know people who have.  In fact, there is someone attached to the highest office in the land, that I worked with, who was notorious (like biggie) for chasing the young box.

Why cry now?  Think about this feeling BEFORE YOU ACT!

Why cry now? Think about this feeling BEFORE YOU ACT! Linda Richins Nef is lead away in handcuffs after receiving a 3-year to life sentence for attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, at Davis Justice Center in Farmington Tuesday, July 21, 2009. (Erin Hooley/Standard-Examiner)

I wonder who she is looking at in the picture.  The hands behind the back is indicative of the fact that she is cuffed up, and not in the good way. My first thought was she was thinking, “I am about to get my ass raped by a gang of bull dykes…”  She is going to prison.  The Salt Lake City Tribune explains

Before being sentenced to prison for three years to life, a sobbing Bountiful Junior High teacher apologized to the former student she sexually abused last year.

“I am so sorry for the pain you have been through … as a result of my completely selfish actions,” 46-year-old Linda Nef told the boy, who was 13 years old at the time.

Nef also apologized to “educators everywhere whose reputations have been damaged by my actions and former students who have lost faith in teachers because of me.”

So, does this mean I get to sue you for the damages that you have caused?  I mean, you are admitting to creating a hostile work environment, and trust is a tangible loss…Shw won’t make much in the pen, but they make about 35 or so cents an hour….

Second District Judge Rodney Page agreed Nef had broken the trust of her students.

“I know the esteem and worship and adulation children have for a good teacher,” Page said. “I don’t doubt that you were a good teacher, but in our society we esteem our teachers to be among the most honorable professionals and we entrust them with our most important commodity, our children.”

Page added that many in the community believe blame rests with the victim and that he had aggressively pursued Nef in the relationship. “I do not share that opinion,” Page said, “and I would say neither does Ms. Nef.”

And although she came forward and told police what she had done, the judge wondered if she acted in the belief that the relationship was about to be exposed anyway.

The judge was having none of her crocodile tears.  He saw right around that gameplan and blitzed her hopes…Look at the public blaming the child.  I mean children want what they want, but it is your job to deny them things that are bad for them, like 46 year old box….

Page said the fact that Nef came forward to confess her crime doesn’t undo damage done to her young victim.

He said the woman had a responsibility to stop the relationship before it started, adding that many students develop “puppy love” for their educators.

“Which one of us hasn’t had a teacher that we didn’t think was one of the most beautiful people in the world?” he asked.

Page said probation didn’t fit Nef’s crime, but added he hasn’t “slept very well” in weighing what to do with her case. He noted that his wife and two daughters are teachers.

Supporters of Nef filled nearly three rows in the courtroom. Many cried as she was handcuffed and taken into custody.

A case against another Bountiful Junior High teacher charged for having sex with the same boy is still unresolved. Valynne Bowers, a 40-year-old math teacher, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 28 before Judge Michael Allphin.

Bowers is charged with rape and forcible sodomy, first-degree felonies punishable by maximum prison terms of 15 years to life.

Bowers was charged with less serious counts because the boy was 14 during their relationship, which lasted from Jan. 2 until Feb. 27, according to charging documents.

Nef, who reported both herself and Bowers to police, had a sexual relationship with the student from Jan. 1, 2008, through Feb. 14, 2008.

Now, that is cold blooded.  First, the judge admits what I state in the beginning….a lot of people develop crushes on their teachers.  The vast majority of us don’t act on it.

Then, YOU turned yourself and the other teacher in when you found out that he was giving some other teacher the bizness.  Your good deed of stopping your relationship and the other is not taken into account, even though the case gave the judge some sleepness nights.

Finally, you are going to get more time than the other teacher for the same crime, just because of a couple of months.  The difference between 13 and 14 is not that significant, but it will be in your sentance.

One Response to “Teachers GONE WILD! Conclusion: Linda R. Nef gets 3 years in prison”

  1. […] because I teach.  I look around at my fellow colleagues and wonder who could commit an act like this or this and look at themselves in the mirror and feel good with what has become of their […]

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