Teacher, 34, sentenced lesbian romp with pupil, 16

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Teacher, 34, sentenced to 30 YEARS for lesbian romp with pupil, 16, loses appeal

A TEACHER who had lesbian sex toy romps with a pupil has failed to get her 30-year jail sentence cut.

| UPDATED: 12:06, Fri, Nov 11, 2016

 

Married mum Leslie DeWitt also lost her bid to have a retrial. 

The blonde basketball coach, 34, was ordered to serve every day of her sentence without the possibility of early release after she was found guilty last month of molesting the 16-year-old student. 

Her lawyer Jim Davis told a court on Thursday that 30 years behind bars was too excessive and hard. 

The incredibly tough sentence highlights Britain’s soft justice sentences. In Britain the average jail time served for murder is between 15 and 17 years.

Only last week remorseless killer Ronnie Coulter was sentenced to serve just 19 years and eight months for murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar in Glasgow.

The week before Azeem Issa, 28, of Isleworth, London was sentenced to 20 years for the murder of Sahil Roy.

And in the same week Clayton Williams, 19, was jailed for just 20 years for the manslaughter of Wirral policeman Dave Phillips.

Lawyer Mr Davis DeWitt was treated unfairly because of her sexual orientation and because she was a woman, he claimed And she should have a new trial because a juror in her trial had not lived long enough in the area to sit on the case. 

Prosecutor Alison Baker asked Judge Larry Bourgeois to deny the requests. 

The sentence was not excessive because multiple assaults took place in Perkinston, Mississippi, she said. 

She added: “It also cannot be overlooked that the state's sentencing recommendation considered the clear evidence of sexual crimes and grooming against a separate victim found in text messages on Dewitt's cell phone.”

Judge Bourgeois, who sentenced DeWitt in October, said: “I will not waver. 

“This court will stand by it's rulings. 

“The victim said the relationship started when she was 13 or 14 years old, and it developed until she was 16.

“She said, 'The defendant was my friend, lover, and mother. She was everything to me.'

“She was in a position of trust and authority. When asked why she didn't tell someone sooner, the victim gave a chilling response. 'I was a little girl, and I was scared, but now, I'm a U.S. Marine. They taught me honour, courage, and integrity.'”

The judge said he would issue an order by next Tuesday on DeWitt's request for bail pending an appeal to the Supreme Court. 

Prosecutor Joel Smith said: “This perpetrator was entrusted with the duty to protect, coach and teach children. 

 


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