Teacher Faces Child Pornography Charges

I don’t like these images being called “child pornography.” This is a 24 year-old and a 17 year-old –not young teenagers or small children.

The only thing dysfunctional and abusive about this relationship is that a teacher broke the moral code, which she should pay for, but a 17 and 24 year-old having sex is not psychologically damaging, morally corrupt, or child abuse.

If every case of young people having consensual sex is labeled as “child porn” or “child sexual abuse” then the severity of real cases of child sex crimes is diminished.

“An English teacher at a Dallas high school is accused of inappropriate contact with a student after the boy’s mother reportedly caught her with her son in a swimming pool at the apartment complex where they live, according to CBS Dallas.

Lesley Ann Sharp faces charges of improper relationship between educator and student, possession or promotion of child pornography, tampering with physical evidence and perjury, according to the Dallas Morning News. The 24-year-old teacher is accused of accused of having sex with the 17-year-old more than 25 times, in locations such as her car, her apartment and even “in his apartment while the student’s parents were not home.”

Sharp was a new teacher and would not be returning to the school next year:

“It has been brought to our attention that one of our staff members was recently arrested on an allegation that she had an inappropriate relationship with one of our students. The teacher was new to our staff this year and is believed to have had this relationship with only one student.”

A Dallas Independent School District spokesman told the Dallas Morning News that Sharp was placed on leave pending the outcome of the criminal case.

The child pornography charges stem from explicit photos that Sharp allegedly exchanged with the boy via text message, according to police. Police allege that Sharp and the student, a freshman at Hillcrest High School, “exchanged 116 telephone calls, 173 multi-media messages and 15,371 text messages” between May and July of this year.

Sharp allegedly tried to delete information that she had synced from her iPhone to her school-issued laptop before handing the computer over to investigators. Police also claim Sharp told the victim to delete photos and messages after she learned of the investigation.

In a letter to parents, Hillcrest High School principal Ronald Jones wrote that Sharp was a new teacher and would not be returning to the school next year:

“It has been brought to our attention that one of our staff members was recently arrested on an allegation that she had an inappropriate relationship with one of our students. The teacher was new to our staff this year and is believed to have had this relationship with only one student.”

A Dallas Independent School District spokesman told the Dallas Morning News that Sharp was placed on leave pending the outcome of the criminal case.”

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52 Responses to Teacher Faces Child Pornography Charges

  1. Little Nel says:

    “Doing “forbidden things” could be exciting for her because if unhealed sexual abuse.”

    This sounds reasonable, Alethea. Very insightful.

    • Alethea says:

      Experience is often the best teacher. I associated “forbidden” things with the sexual abuse and ended up doing a lot of self-punishment as an adult over things that others might judge harshly, like shopping if we really could not afford it, or talking to a male friend if I run into one in town (some people might judge that because I am married).

      People like me, who experienced any kind of positive feelings from child sexual abuse, beat ourselves up and judge ourselves more than anyone else can possibly do. We create serious psychosomatic symptoms and self-sabotaging behavior (like not allowing ourselves to feel joy).

      I have been my greatest judge of myself and my strongest punisher.

      • Little Nel says:

        “I have been my greatest judge of myself and my strongest punisher.”

        Only someone with regret would say that about themselves. Only someone who seeks resolution and peace would seek some type of justice to end the despair that is passed on to them from the offender.

        We as little children learn to hate ourselves because our parents are guilty and fearful and vent their own feelings of anger (fear and frustration) onto us. It is through introspect and careful thought that we learn that much of that guilt that they put onto us is unfounded.

        Denial causes us victims to punish ourselves and suffer unjustly.

        • Alethea says:

          No regrets. I choose to live without regrets, for each trial and every ounce of suffering, has brought me some kind of Blessing.

          Yes, denial does indeed make us suffer unjustly. For me, deep guilt –even to the point of it being a neurosis– was what caused me to self-punish the most. But denial kept me from speaking the truth to my family for a very long time. I denied to myself how powerful my silence was for them, and how weak it made me. I long denied that their abuse when I was a child, and their ugly treatment of me as an adult, was as bad as it was. Thus, I let them have my power for a very long time. Not anymore….I have taken my power back.

          ~Alethea

  2. Little Nel says:

    Did anyone see the Dr. Phil show called, “Trapped by my cop abuser–why won’t anyone believe me?”

    This woman was molested by her mother’s boyfriend when she was eight years old. He was a cop. He kept up the sexual contact until she got pregnant at 15 with his child.

    She moved in with him and had a total of three children with him. She tried to get free of him and his control over her.

    His cop friends and his lawyer defended him. Typical reaction from the perp’s supporters.
    She passed a poly, then his biggest supporter, a cop buddy, apologized to her on the show.

    • Star says:

      Little Nel, I saw the end of this show at today. I had no idea this woman was impregnated at 15, moved in with him, and had three more kids by him. I am so sorry for her. This is what would have happened to me if I had stayed under the control of my abuser. He forced me to abort after impregnating me and then he continued to not practice use of birth control prevention. He had complete power over me. I got away from him before he ruined my entire life and gave me another pregnancy. My heart goes out to the lady on the Dr. Phil show today. I love how Dr. Phil spoke to her and gave her such empathy compassion and love and warm support. He is a gem and a wonderful person to bring attention to child molestation! HE speaks out for the survivor with such power, force and defense! I absolutely love him! There are not many men who could speak out against sexual abuse….like he does! What a gift….

      • Little Nel says:

        Yes, Star, I agree that Dr. Phil’s response to the woman was impressive.
        He has endeared himself to many women who have suffered like she did. He did not condemn her one bit because she was the victim.

        • Star says:

          He did not condemn her one bit because she was the victim.
          * He sure didn’t blame her or accuse her at all. It was beautiful to watch. He understands this crime called rape. I just love him.

  3. Alethea says:

    For the record:

    Although I was quite clear in my comments, maybe I ought to clear up any possible ambiguity about my position on this discussion:

    We do not know the exact details of this case. Therefore, NO ONE knows if this 17 year-old teenager (young adult, not a CHILD), was psychologically affected in any way by this 24 year-old teacher having sex with him. We don’t know who came onto who first, what the 17 year old gained from it, or how much he enjoyed it. Chances are, he had a good time, and the only psychological harm he will have is by people who judge him for having -wild at 17 male- hormones, or anyone who WHO TELLS HIM he was traumatized or psychologically damaged.

    In general, two young adults (17-25 years of age *generally*) with either sex being the older person, engaging in sex………… is not morally corrupt, nor is it criminal in my eyes. It is not psychologically harmful for either young adult –as long as both people are willing participants. These scenarios happen ALL THE TIME and are a natural, sexually-driven mutual relationship/sexual chemistry. It is not harmful to the younger person. And if parents think their young male is going to tell them about his awesome experience with a 24 year-old young adult woman, they are crazy. There are always exceptions, and always unique teenagers who share every sexual experience with their parents, but this is not the norm.

    And anyone who coddles their young adult 17 year old male by saying he would be severely affected by an attractive 24 year-old female coming on to him, is being ridiculous. If the teen is mentally challenged in some way, that might be a different story.

    Once again: THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 13 YEAR-OLD AND A 17 YEAR-OLD.

    Once again: THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WOMAN OVER SAY, AGE 30, COMING ONTO A 17 YEAR-OLD MALE…….AND A 24 YEAR-OLD YOUNG ADULT WOMAN COMING ONTO A 17 YEAR-OLD YOUNG ADULT MALE.

    Once again: THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND TWO YOUNG ADULTS SHARING SEXUAL IMAGES OF ONE ANOTHER WITH EACH OTHER, ON THEIR CELL PHONES. Yes, criminally speaking, because she was a teacher, she crossed moral and legal lines, but this does not make it child pornography.

    Anyone who tries to mix 17 year-olds and 24 year -olds, having sex, with CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE is being harmful to REAL victims of CHILD sexual ABUSE. Anyone who calls the images in this case “child pornography” diminishes and waters down TRUE child pornography, which are images or video of children and young teens being sexually violated by an adult, or forced into violations with other children by an adult.

    This comment has been made to clarify my position after Tornados managed to thwart my position with her own personal conclusions and her own psychological dynamics.

    ~Alethea

    • Jess says:

      I agree Althea but at the same time it doesn’t matter what age you are. My dad had sex with me for years before I realized it was bad. It’s never ok when an adult you trust has sex w you. It feels awful no matter what.

      • Star says:

        It’s never ok when an adult you trust has sex w you. It feels awful no matter what.
        __I agree with you. I look forward to not feeling awful… one day.

      • Alethea says:

        Father/daughter incest is VASTLY different from two young adults, unrelated to one another having consensual sex. I honor you and I respect you as a survivor, but PLEASE do not intertwine young male raging hormones with child sexual abuse and incest. The latter are very serious, psychologically damaging experiences.

        The ONLY thing wrong with this case, is that it was a teacher who crossed the line. This teenage boy will only be harmed by people telling him he was.

  4. mary says:

    In my high school, there was a 17 year old female teachers assistant and a male 25 year old teacher (my own history teacher actually) found to have sent provocative texts and were known to have a sexual relationship…..it is definitely not the same and does not cause the same severity of damage as child sexual abuse or child pornography and should not ever be in the same category, I agree…. that being said, I still think it is bad in its own way, other than the teacher-student aspect. Even though it is natural and there is nothing wrong with a 17 year old being sexually attracted to a 24 year old and vice versa ( I myself had a crush on that same teacher at age 16) for those desires to be consummated and put into action shows a disregard for society’s rules and boundaries and a lack of self control and respect for one another in a way…. I don’t know, maybe it might be seen as puritanical and has to do with the society I was brought up in and not some intrinsic truth about right and wrong but the line definitely has to be drawn somewhere none the less. Society’s rules, even if they’re not universal or ultimately God’s laws because they’re man’s rules, do have their place and their function. I guess this is one of those things that is illegal in this society but since it was consensual, is not necessarily immoral. I wouldn’t even call it disgusting or heinous. A 25 year old involved with a 17 year old consensually is not inherently a crime against God. But Personally I think a 25 year old can wait another year I think, if they really wanted to have sex with that 17 year old individual… When a teenager is 17, I go by a 3 year age difference limit but once you’re of legal age, I believe that age difference doesnt matter so much anymore…. but again, an acceptable age limit when it comes to fully matured teenager/young adults is one of those things that is definitely subjective and I really cannot speak for other people’s lives and what is right or wrong for them, I just know I wouldn’t be comfortable with my 17 year old son or daughter dating a 25 year old who did not regard the law in their relationship, because with their lack of self control they would have a greater tendency to create the wrong kind of relationship.

  5. Hallie says:

    For you to assume that a 17-year-old is automatically normal and functional just because they are 17 is unrealistic. Half of the 17-year-olds alive have unresolved childhood trauma, whether it be physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or simply raised with complete dysfunction. In fact, most 17-year-olds who have been raised in a normal home without abuse, neglect, or dysfunction would probably NOT have sexual relations with their 24-year-old teacher.

    >Great Point. I agree totally! We do not have a perfect world. It is very imperfect!

    • Alethea says:

      Hallie, I never assumed anything. But it is more likely that this teacher was sexually abused as a child and that she crossed boundaries because of that abuse. It is more likely that the teenage boy, who might have come from a healthy or a dysfunctional family, followed his 17 year-old hormones and enjoyed himself.

      That is reality. Please do not try and label everything as abuse, traumatic, or harmful. It makes true child sexual abuse out to be a joke.

    • Alethea says:

      and another thing….putting guilt onto a 17 year-old guy for having/enjoying sex with a 24 year-old woman, is MORE damaging than the sex. Guilt is a killer.

      This kid did NOTHING wrong, and there is nothing wrong if he enjoyed it, which most males who are honest with themselves would concur, he probably did enjoy it.

      He is 17. The “woman” is 24! She looks like a kid herself, and was probably emotionally stunted from abuse. If she was not his teacher, they would be doing NOTHING wrong morally or psychologically.

      I repeat, society putting GUILT on this kid is MORE DAMAGING than anything these two did together.

      • Tornad0sRul says:

        Actually, I tried to post many articles and FACTS about how inappropriate and dysfunctional it is for a 24-year-old woman to seduce a 17-year-old young man but it did not post, which seriously makes me question the intent of this blogger. I had ten different resources for you to read and learn about how any 24-year-old having sex with a 17-year-old is not only inappropriate, it is very wrong and shows nothing but dysfunction. Evidence clearly shows that an age difference like that is hugely significant and nothing good will come out of it. The boys/young men who are/were violated like that are damaged and harmed, even though they are too ashamed to talk about it. It is a huge problem when people think like that about boys or teenagers being molested Alethea. I have heard many horror stories about young men who were seduced by older women and they have serious mental health issues because of it. Just because the boys/young men showed arousal doesn’t mean that they “LIKED IT.” That is proven fact. You need to talk to more survivors of this type of abuse before you speak like this. It is damaging to the cause of trying to prevent sexual abuse. Like Hallie said, that 24-year-old has CHOICES, and there are many adults that she could have sex with, so why would she choose a 17-year-old student? It has to do with POWER, and using that POWER to manipulate someone younger than they are, and that happens whenever there is a big age difference, not just teacher/student relationships. That is abuse, and that is very damaging to a 17-year-old. If you would have read the article with an open mind you would have realized the harm that is done to TEENAGE boys when they are sexually abused, and yes it is sexual abuse to molest a teenager, and it is sexual abuse to molest a young man. Like I said before, 24-year-olds live an entirely different life than a 17-year-old and most don’t even have the least bit interest in the lives of 17-year-olds who are still going to homecoming and prom, reporting home to their parents, doing chores, etc. 24-year-olds are doing adult things and if they are interested in a 17-year-old there is something wrong with them. Also, as a mother, I would not want a 24-year-old teaching my 17-year-old child how to have sex because it will naturally be an imbalance of power and clearly would not benefit my 17-year-old’s mental health. It is wrong, and you must learn that before you further damage this cause of preventing child sexual abuse.

        • Alethea says:

          “I tried to post many articles and FACTS about how inappropriate and dysfunctional it is for a 24-year-old woman to seduce a 17-year-old young man but it did not post…
          …..which seriously makes me question the intent of this blogger.

          ….I had ten different resources for you to read and learn about how any 24-year-old having sex with a 17-year-old is not only inappropriate, it is very wrong and shows nothing but dysfunction….”

          I have ALWAYS allowed all abuse articles to be posted, so don’t make conclusions. I have no idea what happened to your articles, but you need to consider that Cyberspace or a glitch deleted them. If you have questions about my intentions, then maybe you ought to move on. Go post somewhere that your views are upheld as absolute truths in all situations/ages/dynamics/countries/etc.

          But if you want to post those articles, then I will approve them, but do not expect me to read them. My time is valuable. I have more important things to do than argue with you.

          “The boys/young men who are/were violated like that are damaged and harmed, even though they are too ashamed to talk about it.”

          Watch out Tornados. You had better stop generalizing everything. There are many different aspects of EACH situation. Age and the relationship background make a huge difference. GUILT is a killer. Don’t place guilt or “you are damaged” on the many 17 year-old boys out there who have had sex with 24 year old woman who did not have any negative feelings about it at all, but who enjoyed the sex between someone they were attracted to.

          A 24 year-old and a 17 year-old is not always about “power.” You are making assumptions and big generalizations. You cannot do that. You have no right to do that. Sometimes it is merely about two young people being sexually attracted to one another and enjoying sex. Knock it off Tornados. You are being black and white in your stance/thinking and this is a sign of an unhealed person projecting their emotions/psychologically-driven problems onto others.

      • Tornad0sRul says:

        It is utterly ridiculous for you to say that YOUR sexual abuse is REAL and that this 17-year-olds is not. How sad that you think that you can judge like that simply because of your own experience. Now that is putting all the sexual abuse “eggs” in one basket! Talk about NOT seeing things objectively! So you must not think that a man scaring or threatening his wife into allowing him to rape and beat her every day isn’t abuse either? How about a 21-year-old woman molesting a 13-year-old boy? According to you the boy will definitely like it so what is wrong with it? Your words indicate that you think that anything male enjoys sex no matter how they get it, and that is scary. If you are going to be spouting off about sexual abuse please get more educated about it before you hurt other victims.

        • Alethea says:

          Hey, you are OFF, way off. Better check yourself out.

          I DID NOT say a woman molesting a 13 year-old teenage boy is okay, or that he will like it. Keep yourself focused. I CLEARLY spoke of a seventeen year-old.

          There is a BIG difference between a 17 year-old and a 13 year-old. This is my entire POINT –not to say my abuse was “real.”

          You are not using your intellect here. You are not understanding my point. You are being driven by emotion and some area that this issue has triggered in you.

          • Tornad0sRul says:

            Excuse me but I didn’t have my father sticking his penis into my mouth, so it is you who is speaking from emotion. I am educated and not speaking from experience. I have researched and studied sexual abuse for many years and I have two degrees. My 3rd stepfather is a dangerous pedophile who raped my nephews for a decade. Besides that I don’t have personal experience with sexual abuse, therefore I probably have more of an open mind about it. I am also 50 years old and have been around the block. I constantly educate myself about mental illness as well, and that is almost always caused from childhood trauma, abuse, or neglect. A 17-year-old is just as easy to damage as a 13-year-old and to think that there is that much difference in their vulnerabilities is unrealistic. I feel badly for all the 17-year-olds who were/are sexually abused because of people like you who spread the word that they “deserved” it, that they “wanted it, and that it is normal and natural for them to be manipulated and sexually controlled by someone much older than they are. And the difference between age 17 and 24 is huge in more ways than one.

            • Alethea says:

              You might consider yourself “educated” but you are uneducated in experience, inner truths, normal sex drives, and the psychological differences between 13 and 17 year olds!

              True wisdom comes from within, not from book knowledge and reading articles.

              • Tornad0sRul says:

                You are quite obviously not educated at all, and when someone thinks that they are smarter than someone educated (hence your many deluded words such as “DO NOT try to put a 17-year-old boy having sex with a 24-year-old girl in the same bag as child sexual abuse”), that only shows that there is something very wrong with them. I suggest that you get help, and read a book rather than your cell phone, and stop wasting society’s time blogging your garbage ideas which are based on sexual abuse experience (which incidentally causes mental illness) and not based on actual intelligence or knowledge.

              • Alethea says:

                This comment is NOT for Tornados. This comment is for anyone who reads Tornado’s comments.

                Anyone who puts two young people (read: a 17 year old and a 24 year old) enjoying sex in the same category as child sexual abuse, is doing something dangerous.

                A 17 year-old teenager is NOT a child. Two young people, naturally turned on, and having sex, IS NOT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.

                Tornados, if you so choose to read this……….You are probably a sexually repressed woman, or you must have serious psychological issues that are repressed that you are not dealing with. Nevertheless, you are not an expert on the mind, and nor am I…. But the difference between us is that I know for a scientific fact that only a 17 year-old, who has had sex with a 24 year-old knows whether or not he or she have been psychologically damaged by the sexual relationship by entering their own subconscious mind in psycho-analysis therapy……

                What Tornados has said in her comments is damaging to children and to young teenage boys and girls who engage in sex. More importantly, it is dangerous to little children who ARE being sexually abused. The two situations ARE NOT synonymous!

                And these two young people (teacher or not) texting naked photos of each other, to each other IS NOT child pornography. To call it such, is watering down true CHILD pornography.

                The word “intelligence” derives from ‘in – tendo’…which means…’direction from within’ not from without. Book knowledge and articles, are very limited knowledge.

                What you are talking about is about book knowledge, which is relative to the information and intelligence that the person that wrote the book has. The true meaning of the word “intelligence” means wisdom from within, not from without. Tornados, you are uplifting yourself as educated when you are not showing any intelligence in this matter.

                I suggest that you NOT go around telling 17 year-olds they are psychologically disturbed by having sex with young adults.

              • Alethea says:

                I want to thank Tornados for bringing up a huge trigger for me yesterday……not being heard about an important attempt to get help.

                Tornados, although unaware, did me a huge favor in not hearing what I had to say –something about children, that was vital for me.

                I got trauma-related symptoms and a trauma-like headache yesterday morning as I was trying to deal with Tornados. Thankfully, I had a therapy session already scheduled. My age-regression focus on these symptoms, immediately brought me back to an incident at age two or three where I had attempted to us a telephone to call out of the house. I did not know how to use it, I only knew that it was a device used by the adults to speak with people outside my home. I was struck hard in the face with the phone receiver in my hand, thus creating guilt and anger. (pain causes anger, and so does not being able to get what we want). The guilt was induced by being punished for trying to speak up and out about a vital, child abuse situation.

                I have had this memory a few times before, but each time I grow bigger, stronger, and more powerful when I change the memory into one of empowerment (part of the therapy process). This time, my power was enormous in the therapy regression, and I immediately (without fear) took care of the person (in my mind) who hit me.

                When I came out of that regression, my trauma symptoms were gone, and the headache went away slowly throughout the day. I then felt pretty awesome by sundown. I slept beautifully, and woke feeling GREAT.

                I don’t know why Tornados was hell-bent on taking things so personally, or why she decided to attack me personally (I did not approve one of her comments), only SHE can determine why she over-reacted, by going inside her own subconscious mind to see what triggered her. This is impossible for a person to do without the kind of therapy I have.

                But I am grateful that she brought up this issue in me so that I could address it.

                I hope she deals with her issues and finds peace in herself one day.

              • Anonymous says:

                I don’t know why Tornados was hell-bent on taking things so personally, or why she decided to attack me personally

                http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/08/11/disd-teacher-accused-of-improper-relationship-with-student-out-on-bond/
                The same debate went on ….on this website. Some think as Tornados and some think as you do.

            • Hallie says:

              A 17-year-old is just as easy to damage as a 13-year-old and to think that there is that much difference in their vulnerabilities is unrealistic. I feel badly for all the 17-year-olds who were/are sexually abused because of people like you who spread the word that they “deserved” it, that they “wanted it, and that it is normal and natural for them to be manipulated and sexually controlled by someone much older than they are. And the difference between age 17 and 24 is huge in more ways than one.

              >Tornad0sRul I agree with everything you have said. Keep speaking the truth. Just be careful to not become personal. We can all disagree and remain kind and not hostile. We are all for the same cause, even if we disagree on some aspects of it.

      • Tornad0sRul says:

        Actually I am deleting and unsubscribing to this blog because the administrator doesn’t want to publish facts and truth and only wants to show their own opinion, and that has no place in our society. Spread the truth and FACTS, not just what YOU think is right. What a scam this blog is. Blogs like this are only for the benefit of the creator and they don’t care about helping others unless the others are just like them.

  6. Hallie says:

    There is nothing normal or healthy about any 24-year-old having regular sexual contact with a 17-year-old and to say that it is normal or acceptable except for the fact that she was a teacher is a little gross, and we don’t want attitudes like that in our society because it will enable this type of behavior to continue.
    ===========I concur!

    Ignoring inappropriate sexual behavior is what has enabled sexual abuse.

    ________I agree here also. Give them an inch and they will take a mile. They will not stop at teens……children will be next on their list. It is like saying legalize marijuana for people who are nearsighted. I am sure everyone will suddenly become nearsighted!

    • Hallie says:

      Lesley Ann Sharp, 24, was arrested Thursday on charges of having an improper relationship between educator and student, possession or promotion of child pornography, perjury and tampering with physical evidence, documents show.

      \\\\\Give them an inch and they will take a mile.
      Well… Ms. Sharp was also arrested for possession or promotion of child pornography! I am not sure children would be safe around this woman! I hope she is locked up, so they are safe! I don’t want one single child harmed by this woman…
      Will she harm children? I don’t know but stay away from my children….

      • Little Nel says:

        Whoa!
        Possession of child pornography and a cover up!

        This woman is despicable. She knows that what she did was wrong and immoral but she didn’t care. All she wanted was to “get off” at the expense of her students. What an asshole.

        • Hallie says:

          Little Nel. You said it perfectly. She is selfish and an A>>hole. She tried to delete all the evidence off of her computer but they found it on the hard drive.

        • Hallie says:

          Police lay that Sharp and a student, a beginner during Hillcrest High School, “exchanged 116 write calls, 173 multi-media messages and 15,371 content messages” between May and Jul of this year.
          +This is a lot of messages that this student and Ms. Sharp exchanged.

          • Alethea says:

            No more than any two teenagers or two young adults, who are having sex, or who are boyfriend and girlfriend. This is all many young people do these days…..they text, text, text, twitter, send photos, FB, call one another, and those who are having sex, often send one another images of each other.

            These two are at ages of raging hormones. If these images are only of the two of them, then these are not child pornography images.

        • Hallie says:

          The affidavit listed a dozen obscene terms that were used more than 1,500 times in the text messages.Three days before her arrest, Sharp was told there was a pending investigation. She then instructed the boy to delete all their explicit photos and messages, according to court documents.

          • Alethea says:

            Of course she did. She is a teacher and knew she was in huge trouble criminally.

            • Little Nel says:

              She knew that having sex with a student was criminal, but she did it anyway. Was she obsessed?

              • Alethea says:

                My guess is that she is immature for her age, looks young, and feels young. She was probably sexually abused in childhood and did not have the self-control to stop herself from crossing boundaries. Doing ‘forbidden things’ (read: student teacher sex) could be exciting for her because of unhealed sexual abuse.

  7. Tornad0sRul says:

    The problem is that who is going to protect “vulnerable” teenagers from predators further harming them? For instance it is possible that the 17-year-old had a history of sexual abuse, causing the desensitization to inappropriate sexual behavior, therefore making him vulnerable to further sexual abuse by predators. It is a known fact that children who are sexually abused are often desensitized from it and it makes them forever vulnerable targets for further abuse by predators who they may encounter in their future. A 24-year-old should not have the ability and easy accessibility to sexually prey on vulnerable teens, or any teens, and if they choose to there is something wrong with them that needs to be addressed. It is society’s responsibility to nip this in the bud right now and we should always take all cases of inappropriate sexual contact very seriously. And even if the teen is not “vulnerable,” young people in general are still very impressionable and their brains are not even fully developed yet. Brain maturity doesn’t usually commence until someone is in their late 20’s. Also, the 24-year-old apparently has no self control (showing serious mental deficiency), or self respect, therefore indicating mental illness that should be identified before she commits more heinous crimes. It is important to identify those adults, young or old, who are not in their right minds and to keep a watchful eye on them. I once knew of a 21-year-old young man who went from 13-year-old girl to 13-year-old girl de-virginizing each one of them, and even impregnating one. Nobody did anything about it because they claimed that it was “consensual” and the guy was only 21, but all of those 13-year-olds were traumatized with their first experience with what they considered “love” and “sex.” Those innocent girls were ruined forever. Society could have protected them from that trauma that will forever be permanent in them. Some of them may end up enabling that behavior in the future simply because of their trauma, therefore the cycle continues.

    • Alethea says:

      I’m sorry Tornado. I have to disagree. The law against teachers having sex with students protects “vulnerable” children. I don’t find a 17 year-old to be “vulnerable.” Especially not TODAY’s 17 year-olds.

      We don’t know if this boy had a history of sexual abuse. A 17 year-old boy wanting to have sex with his 24 year-old teacher is not indicative of anything except a horny teenage boy with normal fantasies.

      24-year-old girls/”women” interact with 17 year old boys in all kinds of social situations. These ages are NOT that far apart. I have known of quite a few early twenty-something women whose boyfriends/sex partner are 17 and 18 year-old boys. Really, there is nothing wrong with that.

      It’s true that the 24-year-old teacher lacks self-control (because she was his teacher), but I said she should pay for that. But be careful not to assign “mental illness” to all hormone-ridden young people.

      There was no trauma here.

      ~Alethea

      • Tornad0sRul says:

        Do you consider an adult woman who has been repeatedly sexually abused as vulnerable? Because you should. Many adult human beings were abused into being vulnerable, and that is a fact. For you to assume that a 17-year-old is automatically normal and functional just because they are 17 is unrealistic. Half of the 17-year-olds alive have unresolved childhood trauma, whether it be physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or simply raised with complete dysfunction. In fact, most 17-year-olds who have been raised in a normal home without abuse, neglect, or dysfunction would probably NOT have sexual relations with their 24-year-old teacher. It is obvious that there is something wrong with both of them, and to ignore their inappropriate behavior because there may be more “obvious” sexual abuse crimes committed to someone younger is very unproductive for our society. There is nothing normal or healthy about any 24-year-old having regular sexual contact with a 17-year-old and to say that it is normal or acceptable except for the fact that she was a teacher is a little gross, and we don’t want attitudes like that in our society because it will enable this type of behavior to continue. 24-year-olds should and don’t have anything in common with kids that age. 17-year-olds go to school and have curfews and go to school functions and activities. 24-year-olds consider themselves adults and can go to bars, vote, and usually have full time employment or are in college. For a 24-year-old to have a sexual interest in someone who is 17 years old is a gigantic red flag that should not be ignored. Ignoring inappropriate sexual behavior is what has enabled sexual abuse.

        • Hallie says:

          I am going to have to agree with Tornad0sRul on this one. Because our society is so dysfunctional and negligent when it comes to raising children or teenagers. Therefore, I beg to differ with Alethea. For one thing, most teenagers are not as mature as some may presume. I do not care what society or child development professionals say on this matter. I was 18 and I operated with a maturity of half my chronological age! If a woman 24 wants to have sexual intercourse, do it with someone 18 or older. I draw the line at (adults) having sex with teenagers. I do not want my seventeen year old son having sex with his 24 year old teacher. I am disgusted and repulsed! I would want her brought up on charges. Put your hands where you want, but don’t put them on my son or any child or teen for that matter. Enough Said!

        • Alethea says:

          First of all, we do not know all the facts. My comments were about the photos sent between two young people, of themselves, having sex, being considered “child porn.”

          Secondly, it is much more likely that the 24 year-old was sexually abused as a child and the hormone-driven 17 year old boy felt great when his teacher came onto him, and he allowed his hormones to do what many 17 year-old males will do.

          “Most 17-year-olds who have been raised in a normal home without abuse, neglect, or dysfunction would probably NOT have sexual relations with their 24-year-old teacher.”

          Oh?

          “There is nothing normal or healthy about any 24-year-old having regular sexual contact with a 17-year-old.”

          There is nothing wrong with two young people, relatively close in age, who are both old enough to be married, have kids, and hold down jobs, and who are not teacher/student –nothing wrong with them having a sexual relationship. There is nothing unhealthy about it. You sound like a Puritan.

          DO NOT put this scenario in the same bag as child sexual abuse. DO NOT.

          • anonymous says:

            There is nothing wrong with two young people, relatively close in age, who are both old enough to be married, have kids, and hold down jobs, and who are not teacher/student –nothing wrong with them having a sexual relationship. There is nothing unhealthy about it.

            >>>Nothing unhealthy about two young people close in age etc.
            Maybe…..
            It is just too bad they don’t use contraception, get pregnant or abort, or go on welfare. Then have children who turn around and do the exact same thing. The 20 year old male who impregnated my niece could not even look me in the eye, when I came over to see their baby. Why? Shame????? Galore???? Why? He knows that he did something morally wrong. Am I a puritan? NO. Sex outside of marriage does not produce the same lasting benefits that it does inside of a marriage.
            The discussion is about sexual assault and I have taken it elsewhere. I am speaking of good old fashioned morals…. that’s all. There are a few of us still out here who believe in doing things this way. This is my opinion and the majority do not agree in our society. I still believe in waiting until marriage. Why not? Most horny teens do not know diddly about real love. In fact, real love must be developed without a sexual relationship. Again, this is my opinion and most everyone differs on this today.

            • Alethea says:

              Anonymous,

              I am talking about their psychological health. There is nothing that will affect their psychological health.

              I know plenty of grown adults who don’t use contraception, have umpteen babies when they cannot afford them, or who have abortions as birth control.

              How old is your niece? Maybe she has some responsibility too right? The female is the only one that can get pregnant out of the two.

              But I do agree with you about things being quite different before the 1960’s. In many ways, I wish things could be the way they were prior to the 60’s, as far as marriage and children goes, I do.

              But again, my original comments were about the psychological health -regarding the sex itself- not of any children born because of the sex.

      • Tornad0sRul says:

        This article will really help you to understand why your ideals about young men being sexually abused is very harmful.
        http://kalimunro.com/wp/articles-info/sexual-emotional-abuse/male-sexual-abuse-victims-of-female-perpetrators

        • Alethea says:

          Hold on Tornados. Part of true healing means seeing things objectively.

          That article is talking about BOYS, and about mother/son incest, and about violent abuse.

          What is harmful, is putting all cases in one basket and labeling it as “abuse, harmful, and trauma”

          As a child I was raped at a very young age, and had my father’s penis forced into my mouth at age three. DO NOT try and put a 17 year-old boy, having sex with a 24 year-old girl, in the same bag as child sexual abuse.

        • Jay says:

          I like this article TornadosRul. It describes some of my symptoms. Thanks.

      • Little Nel says:

        “A horny teenage boy with normal fantasies.”

        I knew a classmate in high school that was 17 when a 24 year old teacher favored him with a “roll in the hay” on graduation night after all the fanfare. He loved it. He thought that it was a fun turn of events for because she reinforced his natural manhood and academic achievement simultaneously.

    • Hallie says:

      And even if the teen is not “vulnerable,” young people in general are still very impressionable and their brains are not even fully developed yet. Brain maturity doesn’t usually commence until someone is in their late 20′s.

      >Tornad0sRul, I have to agree with everything you said ….. You are saying what I can’t put into to words right now……I’m a bit tired……
      I must add TornadOsRul that I have a child and he is a teen and this causes me to view this topic very much different from the average person. I do not view it in a personal wrong manner but with empathy compassion and awareness of what my son is like and how he could never handle a woman 24 seducing him. He would be so scared or emotionally hurt. I know my son and I know he would never be ready mentally for a grown woman like that. I am so glad nothing like this has happened to him. I am teaching him old fashioned morals and principles. It is my right and my choice. I don’t want to argue about how I feel. It is just my opinion and everyone is entitled to theirs. Who is right? I don’t care. It is just a discussion and we need to agree to disagree…if nothing else.

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