Yesterday Seeing Red AZ ran a post on the inconsistencies in sentencing sexually abusive female teachers as opposed to their male counterparts. Susan Jayne Anderson, 29, a former coach at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Arizona received the incredibly light sentence of one weekend in the county jail and lifetime probation, after she pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl.
Today, the daily reports on yet another lesbian teacher engaged in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl whom she met at church. Elizabeth Livesay, a former special needs teacher at Carson Junior High in Mesa pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual conduct with a minor — all Class 6 felonies. In exchange for the plea, five similar charges were dropped. Class 6 is the lowest-level felony. Punishment can range from six months in jail to 1 1/2 years in prison for each count.
Not only are these women, in positions of authority, abusing the trust placed in them by the schools that hired them and parents who entrusted them with their children, but they have betrayed their victims in myriad ways.
Light sentences and plea deals are inappropriate, especially as weighed against the sentences meted out to abusive males in the same set of circumstances.
Livesay’s sentencing is scheduled for June 8.