The title of this article is rather ridiculous and gives the impression that the woman was jailed for a same sex relationship when it fact it was because she engaged in a relationship with a minor.
I wholly condemn her actions, people under the age of 16 are still children and unable to give consent or understand the emotional impact of there actions. She obviously abused her position and should be stopped from working with children in the future.
This will give ammunition to the morons who like to compare homosexuality to paedophilia (even though its only paedophilia when its with preteens), but we can just continue to fight that with common sense and rationality.
Silly woman, interfering with School Girls. Surly she knew she would be found out sooner or later?
If this was a case against a hetrosexual offender the court would of
given them a lesser sentence and thay would “NOT” of been sent to jail.
If the teacher was male he would be a vicious child predator, impossible to rehabilitate. In France 15 is the age of consent – I think people need to realise laws regarding ‘statutory rape’ tend to be idiosyncratic.
Thanks for that link, Boat-Rocker. While this woman’s actions were totally wrong, I do think that her punishment was very harsh especially because the girl’s parents are reported to be suportive and the girl intends, it seems, to continue the relationship when she reaches 16.
@Boat-Rocker it’s true that gay cases usually attract higher penalties as well as more media vitriol. It’s also the case that the age of consent may be too high, though that would need careful and dispassionate examination – something our politicians and media would find impossible.
However, the case here is a significant breach of trust: schoolkids must be protected from potential predators, and every school teacher knows the rules.
@Boat-Rocker. Sentencing must be a difficult one to balance – I would assume that the case you linked to, the woman got a lesser sentence as she admitted her guilt, reported herself to the police and it was an isolated incident.
I used to have sexual relations with men when I was fourteen. I never told anyone and they were not found out.
I’m not sure about this one.
The Child’s parents are supportive of this so who has been abused here? Is this a case of the State jumping in where it doesn’t have to?
Some discresion would have been useful here but alas was not applied.
I doubt it Brenden: she got a lesser sentence
1. because it was a ‘heterosexual’ act and
2. because she’s a devout christian.
‘Christianity’ is too often a mask for corruption.
I’m not sure the parents are supportive. I read a different version of this story on the BBC news site, where the parents were on about being ‘betrayed’ by the teacher’s relationship with their ‘vulnerable’ daughter and such. That needs checking.
I’d always been under the illusion that age-of-consent laws only applied to males… apparently that’s not the case.
If 15 years old is the age of consent, presumably any sexual act on the weekend in France isn’t included in her convictions?
@theotherone It’s the trust that has been abused. The law established a line – we gained rights and have to exercise our responsibilities. We can’t judge any case on whether a minor has been abused – it would be a terrible world if true cases of abuse could be defended as being ‘consensual’.
To all those queueing up to condemn Goddard – presumably you switched your TVs off in disgust during the first episode of Queer as Folk?
“People under the age of 16 are still children and unable to give consent or understand the emotional impact of there (sic) actions” – I was sexually active with older men from the age of 15 and I was perfectly able to give consent and understand the emotional impact of my actions, thanks very much.
Why are the papers not reporting which school it is. I have seen reports of which one it was weeks ago, and even saw an apology from a paper because it showed a photograph of a boy’s school in the city by mistake.
Sometimes these restrictions laid down by judges are weird.
@Charlie: “position of trust”
youi may have been shagging around at 15, but how would you have dealt with a teacher, who had authority over you, and who may have “befriended” you sliding his hands down your undies while pushing your head into his crotch. He (or she) has the power to “persuade” you into doing something you’re uncertain about. That’s different from finding guys you want to do it with
Sky News reported that the fifteen year old girl confessed to starting the relationship. Miss Goddard is very attractive and perhaps the girl fancies older women. I had crushes on female teachers very early on. And if the parents consent to their daughter continuing the relationship once she turns 16, then why pursue the fifteen months in jail and ten years on the sex-offender registry? Still though, she did act foolishly letting the girl pursue sexual relations with her so soon. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see her as a pedophile from all the information given.
Whatever way you look at this story the teacher took advantage of the student. As a teacher she failed to uphold one of the primary responsibilities the state, school and parents gave to her.
I find the way how she is trying to manipulate the situation to be seen as the victim very disturbing. She was the professional teacher, she knows the right and wrong ways of how to engage her students. She should of reported the advances of the student and had her removed from her class without question. She chose to pursue a relationship with a teenage girl with her eyes wide open to the consequences.
If it was a male teacher people would be quite rightly calling him a paedophile. So if the cap fits Miss Goddard wear it you paedophile.
Lets do the math. The affair went on for 15 months, and the girl is still not 16!
It was a clear case of grooming.
“A PERVERT teacher who had sex with an under-age girl was today starting a four-year jail sentence.
Matthew Bartlett, who snivelled in the dock during the hearing at Warwick Crown Court, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.”
She got a mid range sentence for abusing the kids. It could have been a lot worse for her.
It was a complete abuse of trust. She new it was wrong and yet she did it anyway. I’ve save my sympathy for those that deserve it.
15 is only technically a minor. Teens that age can love, lust, and make valid romance choices. The law is what’s being overly cautious here as the judge implicitly acknowledged by letting the relationship continue. On the other hand the teacher did betray her job standards and spin lies around the relationship. That gets her a short stay in jail, and fair enough.