January 27, 2008
Martinsville, Ind. (The Weekly Vice) -- Cynthia M. Rynard, a 33 year old former English teacher at Martinsville High School, has been sentence after pleading guilty to one count of dissimulating matter harmful to a minor.
Rynard was originally charged with child seduction after it was alleged she had performed oral sex on one of her male students. Police said the arrest was a result of a four-week investigation into the alleged incident, which authorities said happened off school property.
Rynard admitted in court to performing a lewd act "in the presence" of a minor.
Although Rynard's attorney requested no jail time, Rynard was sentenced to 18 months in prison, however the Judge suspended all of the sentence except that portion which Rynard had already served. A total of 8 days.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
When judges sentence felons in these types of cases to jail time and then go out of their way to suspend all of that sentence, we wonder what the purpose is. It's been shown before that even when the teacher DOES offend again, rarely is the entire suspended sentence imposed.
The Vice does have a sympathetic ear to Romeo and Juliet type of cases where the perp is barely over 18. But in cases where the it's a teacher who's in their mid 30's, Judges really do a disservice by sidestepping the sentencing guidelines by suspending them. Even a couple of months in jail would have been better than nothing.
The naughty teacher simplex we have going in our schools is a runaway train. Every single week, the Weekly Vice is able to list one or two teachers who commit led acts on children. While that may be great for hot news, it's not so great news for future victims.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 1:40:00 PM
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