HomeCrimeTwo Women Who Got Off Getting Off Black & Right November 24, 2005 Crime, Education A few months ago, I wrote a column about two women who committed a crime few men could or should get away with. These women did. The following is the piece I wrote about Debra Lafave and Sandra “Beth” Geisel. Makes us again wonder what kind of politically correct criminal justice system we have… She’s Hot So She Can’t Be That Bad…. This story reeks of double standard. Let me throw this out there: a young male teacher has sex numerous times with a 14-year-old female student in his classroom, in his house, and in his car while her 15-year-old cousin was driving. Lynching is illegal in the United States, but there would be several people wanting to string this guy up. The words “rapist”, “child-molester”, and the like would be appropriately in play here. But in the case of Debra Lafave, a middle school reading teacher who many media people describe as “hot”, none of these accurate adjectives are being bandied about. In fact, some are even saying that it’s the dream of every young boy to do a hot teacher and this boy scored big. Can hardly wait for this to be made into a television biopic. So where does the victim aspect enter in on this story? According to the Associated Press, “A teacher will claim she was insane due to emotional stress and did not know right from wrong when she had sex numerous times with a 14-year-old student, her lawyer said Monday.” “What teacher in her right mind would do something like this?” – Lafave’s attorney John Fitzgibbons after a brief hearing for his client Logical question. I must admit to having momentary bouts of emotional stress thus insanity a few times over the course of my lifetime. However, the thought of having sex with acne-faced, snot-nosed kids as some kind of emotional release never occurred to me. I also must be jaded since the O.J. trial, but just because a lawyer says his client doesn’t know right from wrong doesn’t make it so. No matter what their oath is, I firmly believe lawyers lie and defend their clients when they know they’re lying as well. “The judge agreed to appoint two mental health professionals to evaluate Lafave, 24. Prosecutors have said a state psychologist already determined Lafave was not insane, while one hired by the defense concluded that she was mentally ill.” Again, thanks to the dearly departed Johnnie Cochran and Co., we all know how that “experts”, “professionals” thing works. I happen to agree with both “professionals.” I believe she absolutely knew what she was doing as most good looking women believe bad things like getting caught will never happen to them. If she is caught, whether it be by a traffic cop or whomever, it just takes some tears and everyone will believe there is no way someone who looks like her could do something like this. That is, unless she’s a sick you-know-what. “Lafave’s trial was set for Dec. 5 on four felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition. Each carries a maximum 15-year prison term. “Fitzgibbons said plea bargaining broke down because prosecutors wanted Lafave to serve too much prison time, though he did not give details.” If you care, do a search of some of the press coverage surrounding this case. Again I’m amazed at the lack of words like “rape” and “molestation”. If the perpetrator were some pot-bellied, slimy-looking gym teacher, he’d need round-the-clock protection. But because this woman is young, blond, and “attractive”, we should all understand why the boy isn’t really the victim in this sad tale. The victim, of course, is Debra. “To place an attractive young woman in that kind of hell hole is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions. I’m not sure she would survive.” – Lafave’s attorney John Fitzgibbons This is an appropriate time and place for profanity: tough shit. Maybe because she was so attractive, she was used to getting away with whatever she did, but I’ll bet the next time she feels compelled to do 14-year-old boys, the question of if it’s worth it will be rattling around behind those baby blues. But there’s more to the victim angle…. “The boy told investigators he and the teacher had sex in a classroom, her house and once in a vehicle while his 15-year-old cousin drove. He said Lafave told him her marriage was in trouble and that she was aroused by the fact that having sex with him was not allowed.” Wow. Well at least she wasn’t aroused by the young boy. But because of a bad marriage, her lawyer justifies statutory rape. If Debra were Dan, we’d be hearing from his wife who would be the other victim in this case. But Debra’s young boy is probably strutting his stuff around the neighborhood as he got some, not with the little girl next door, but his hottie teacher. Any takers on who will get the big sympathetic, teary interview? Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Oprah, or Dr. Phil? We can definitely rule out Judge Judy. THAT would be fun to watch. Are They Just Mean In New York? Our second crowd favorite is a volunteer teacher in the Empire State where she’s actually accused in print and in court of rape. Who knows if that’s an attitude difference between New York and Florida, and/or the Associated Press and the New York Post. But as Sandra “Beth” Geisel may be considered long in the tooth in comparison to Debra Lafave, her treatment is a more harsh and appropriate. That means the victim angle will have to be a lot more aggressive. “The Catholic-school teacher accused of having sex with students is an alcoholic who may have plied teenage boys with liquor on a school trip, according to authorities. Sandra “Beth” Geisel, who was recently hospitalized for alcohol dependency, was also arrested last December for DWI, according to official documents obtained by The New York Post. At the time, her blood-alcohol level was .18 – more than twice the legal limit, the documents show. The revelations came as Geisel, 42, finished a one-day stint in jail after posting $20,000 bail Tuesday on charges she raped a 16-year-old boy during two alleged sexual trysts in May – one in a school football field’s press box, the other at her home in the Albany suburb of Latham.” – New York Post Geisel has a lot of baggage and even if she were a hottie, it doesn’t look like sobbing will have much effect on the prosecution. “Albany District Attorney David Soares is exploring additional charges of plying minors with alcohol, both in New York and in Florida, where the school’s students traveled in February. There’s a lot to this story including events that transpired outside the jurisdiction of New York state,” Soares told FOX News on Wednesday. He said the county would not treat Geisel differently than a man accused of a sexual crime. “There is one standard of justice that is applied here in Albany County,” Soares said.” I’m not sure when we’ll hear the feminist screech that Soares is a mean, woman-hating, bullying man. But it’s nice to see he’s not afraid of name-calling and calls them like he sees them. According to the story, Ms. Geisel has been drunk on numerous occasions in front of students. Board members from Christian Brothers Academy in Colonie, N.Y. where she taught, reportedly received an unsigned letter from “concerned parents” accusing Geisel of becoming “so irrepressibly intoxicated” during a trip that “she was unable to stand, and four juniors had to carry her back to the hotel.” “Several faculty members, the letter said, had alerted administrators, but no action was taken against her. After the February trip, the letter said, students circulated photos showing Geisel in a “scanty bikini,” standing with some of the teens in their bathing suits, while she had her hand on one of their buttocks.” “The letter also said administrators had been told of teachers’ concerns “about the all-too-frequent closed-door visitations of a handful of boys to Mrs. Geisel’s office, which has no windows.” Administrators reportedly responded by installing a window.” Can you imagine the fallout, for lack of a better word, if a man had his hand on a teenage girl’s ass in public? He would have been fired on the spot, but a female teacher apparently gets much more latitude with where she can put her hands. Because of sexual harassment regulations, it is totally taboo for a man to be in room with a woman and the door closed. It’s also pretty stupid. Lots of things can go on behind those closed doors, and heaven forbid it come down to a “he said, she said” because we know who usually loses that one. But apparently a female teacher can do what a male coach dares not: be in a room with a student of the opposite sex behind a closed door. And if the male teacher had a “reputation” of being friendly with his students, his office wouldn’t even have a door to be closed. The latest is that her defense will be that she was drunk, her students knew she was drunk, and the boys did the raping, not Beth Geisel. While this may be an insult to the intelligence to the court of common sense, a few tears go a long way today and we all know from talking to anyone who’s taken a Women’s Studies course that all men (and boys) are closet rapists ready to attack at a moment’s notice. It will be hard, though, for her to escape the facts. “Geisel was charged with two counts of felony rape. The charges stem from two alleged sexual encounters with a former student — first on May 15 at Geisel’s Long Shadow Road home in Latham and a second time on May 28 at the CBA football field press box. Police in Ravena also have charges pending against Geisel for having sex with the same teen on May 26. They’re filing one charge of felony sodomy and yet another charge of felony rape.” As long as women are still automatically considered victims, it will be hard to stick the word “rapist” in front of their name. As long as there are lawyers, there will always be defense attempts that defy logic. And isn’t it funny how looks can become part of the issue when beneficial, and how boozin’, a “disease”, is constantly coming back to bite society as a whole? Let’s see if these “victims” do the time.