UPDATE: Gay Lyn Turley Found Guilty
Gay Lyn Turley pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain to sexual conduct with a minor and admitting that she had sexual contact with the teen in the month of June 2003. Sentencing is scheduled for August 27th.
Under the terms of the plea arrangement, Turley will receive at least 10 years of probation and will register as a sex offender. She will also surrender her teaching certificate and have no contact with the victim.
(The Weekly Vice) - Mesa High School teacher and activities coach Gay Lyn Turley was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 19th on suspicion of having a four-year long sexual relationship with a female student who attended the Mesa, Arizona school.
The 42 year old Turley was arrested just hours after the school ended it's semester for winter break. She was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual contact with a minor.
Turley, a Mesa High School physical education teacher and softball coach admitted to the affair, which apparently began when the victim (now 20 years old) was a 16 year old student at the school.
Police said Turley's relationship with the former student began in 2003 when the girl was 16, and that all sexual contact between the two took place at Turley's home in Gilbert. When the victim turned 18, she moved in with Turley.
Following a dispute, the victim moved out of the suspects home in 2007 and reported the relationship to police on December 10th. Investigators who interviewed Turley say she had planned to commit suicide when the investigation was over.
Turley was denied bond and was placed under house arrest with an electronic monitoring system.
"Mesa Public Schools placed Turley on paid leave, and the district is working with police and conducting an internal investigation, said Kathy Bareiss, a spokesperson for the school. "If it's found that she has broken laws and district policy, the likelihood is that she will be terminated, she added.
AZfamily.com has posted a copy of the police report here.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
Apparently this is a case of revenge on the part of the now 20 year old adult who is using the charge as retribution. When the affair was hot, the teen moved in.... When things turned bad, she wasted very little time in playing the jail bait card.
While every instance of child exploitation is wrong and should be prosecuted, one certainly can't have a whole lot of compassion for the victim in this particular case, who as an adult carried on the relationship for a solid two years before deciding she was a victim. It really sort of underminds those who are truly victimized, while watching their oppressors walk away from court with little to no jail time for their offense.
Consider the case of Andrew James, the scumbag who plead guilty and was convicted of molesting a 4 year old boy 10 different times. He was sentenced to 30 months to 5 years in jail, however the Judge suspended the entire jail term in lieu of sex offender therapy and a warning to 'refrain from criminal behavior'.
Even worse, the court failed to process the sex offender notification paperwork, and James walked out of jail with no provisions ordering him to stay away from the child. He was completely free to molest again.
Although statutory rape of a 16 year old is a serious crime, I wonder how this case will compare to the Debra Lafave case which resulted in house arrest for a mere 2 to 3 years before she violated her probation.
The minor in this case is 2 significant years older than the boy of the Debra Lafave case, which has been known to effect the felony status of a statutory rape case. It will be interesting to see how this story develops, considering the teacher in this case is no Debra Lafave.
Justice under the law? We'll see. I bet she gets jail time. No matter how wrong, the attractiveness of teachers in these stories often affect the final outcome of the imposed sentence