An English judge, Judge Anthony Pitts, has shocked police and prosecutors by expressly permitting prep school music teacher Helen Goddard, 26, to continue her relationship with a 15-year-old student after she is released from prison. Goodard received a 15-month sentence for her lesbian affair with the 15-year-old student.
Pitts did not belittle the offense, saying that “[t]his case is so serious an immediate sentence of imprisonment is inevitable.” The girl’s parents learned Goddard had taken their daughter to Paris and had a five-month affair with her.
Goddard plead guilty to six counts of inappropriate sexual activity with a child and must register as a sex offender for 10 years. Pitts refused to bar Goddard from communicating with the girl in jail (a standard condition) and refused to ban Goddard from seeing the girl for five years.
I can understand a judge’s uncertainty about barring communications between adults but, even if the age of majority is 18 years, one would think that there would be a ban until that time on communications or contacts. Even if the age of consent is 18 or even 16, it would not prevent the court from barring contact — certainly until that age of majority. Perhaps our English friends on the blog can help us out a bit in understanding this ruling.
Some have called this a double standard and that the sentence would have been higher for a male teacher and female student. Similar cases in the United States result in lifetime registration and longer sentences, here and here.
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6 thoughts on “English Judge Orders That Pedophile Teacher May Resume Relationship with Victim”
A person like that really needs to be taken out of the position that allows them tho be a predator. The goverments of the U.S. and Britian seem to actually turn a blind eye to anything that breaks down or attacks the family.
In the U.S., Federal funds ae actually given to the State Courts for each child who is placed with a molesting parent. Strange but true. Those are called C.A.P.T.A. funds. Not suprising when one looks at the Judge Klein case in Orange County California. He was found to have child porn on both his home and court computer and only given house arrest, and still recieved full pay. Of course a Canadian police officer had to get involved and ask interpol to step in before anything was done to remove him.
See htt://statesponsoredpedophilia.blogspot.com/ for a woman who had her child taken away by the courts in Orange County California and placed with an HIV positive father who had a sexual criminal record including one for the manufacture and sale of child pornography.
First of all teacher is not pedophile as girl instigated the relationship and also she shouldn’t go on sex offenders register because it’s cosensual relationship.And in my openion teacher has been punished for what she did , she is prisioned for 15 months, she lost her job, her career has ruined and she’s lost her dignity and respect. I think that would have been too cruel to bar teacher from seeing girl for five years because they still love each other
This is simply wrong. I had a teacher in college who hit on her young students, both male and female. This had a profound effect on them and they were not 15. Another friend “dated” her 36 year old male music teacher. This has left real scars for her. This is as odious as the priest and now nun abuse that has come (or is coming) to light. Adults are supposed to help children, not use them. This ruling will impede this girl’s healing because she will not have separation from her abuser to be able to understand what is actually happening. The judge needs education on child sexual abuse and needs to revisit this ruling ASAP.
Ok, come on, did you mean to say perp? I see you said prep school teacher. Oh well, could be one in the same, sometimes.
Yeah, the reason for this decision is that in the UK the age of consent is 16 not 18.
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