Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC says a 29-year-old ex-girls’ high school volleyball and basketball coach in Goodyear, AZ has pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with one of her 16-year-old players. Sounds pretty simple, right? But then just like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, there’s a plot-changing twist that will make you want to rip your hair out in giant chunks out of frustration.
The teacher is question is female, and the sentencing didn’t go as you might expect. For having sex with a 16-year-old, Susan Anderson received a slap on the wrist: one weekend in jail. But she did receive lifetime probation, so I’m sure that will teach her a lesson and she’ll never target naive, vulnerable teenagers again.
Just in case you think this was a one-time thing, or that it’s just a case of true love knowing no age limits, court documents say Anderson targeted her victim because she “chose and targeted” her victim because she allegedly had low self-esteem. Anderson and her victim texted each other “thousands” of times each day and exchanged frequent messages over MySpace, which were discovered by the victim’s parents and became Anderson’s downfall.
Prosecutors had pushed for a longer jail sentence, but because the victim was older than 15, she eventually was charged with a Class 6 felony instead of a Class 2 felony, triggering the possibility for a much less strict jail sentence. Which is ridiculous. If Anderson was a male teacher preying on a vulnerable female student, that teacher would have been doing some serious time in the pen, not a slap on the wrist. And rightfully so. But apparently, you can’t be a sexual predator if you’re a female.