Teacher’s Aide Gets Probation After Sex With Student
Authority figures getting off this easy only encourages this disgusting behavior.
According to St. Louis Post Dispatch reports:
A former teacher’s aide with the Wentzville School District won’t spend any time in jail after pleading guilty to having sex with one of her students.
Victoria Reinke, 30, of the 600 block of Aster Lane in O’Fallon, could have been sentenced to four years in prison, but on Monday, Circuit Judge Rick Zerr placed her on five year’s probation instead. Prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of two years.
Reinke had been working at Timberland High School at the time of the relationship with the student in March 2012, police said.
According to prosecutors, the victim was a teen in the special education program. The boy, who initially was 16 when he met Reinke, has a learning disability with an IQ of 70.
He told prosecutors that the two did not have sexual intercourse until he was 17.
The encounters took place after school in Reinke’s van, police said. The two communicated via phone calls and text messages, which numbered more than 400 between December 2011 and March 2012, according to court documents.
Reinke pleaded guilty to one count of sexual contact with a student by a school employee on Oct. 23.
Reinke apologized in a short statement before the court.
“I was the responsible, mature one and should have never let anything happen,” she said.
Zerr said a suspended sentence will still leave Reinke with a felony conviction but will allow her to take care of her children.
“I’m sorry for the loss of relationship with your son,” he told the teen’s parents, “but I don’t think sending this lady to prison is going to fix that.”
SMH. She picked on a student with a learning disability.
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