Courtney Louise Jarrell, 23-year-old former math teacher and girls’ basketball coach at Riverton High School, Riverton, Utah, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery and has been sentenced to Nothing. Basically after a hand slap, she walks away. Sounds awfully lot like a worst kind of pussypass.
Prosecutors did not ask the judge to give her any time behind bars, though they could have requested up to three years. In a tearful plea for mercy before a judge Tuesday, the former math teacher and basketball couch stressed the fact that she’s been stripped of her teaching license and doesn’t know what the future holds for her. “I’ll never be in a school again like that. I don’t even know if I can go on field trips with my nieces’ or nephews’ or kids’ schools and that’s really hard for me. I feel like it was a big deal for me to lose that,” she said.
Jarrell’s defense further argued that she is a good person who simply, “fell in love with a student.”
Prosecutor Tyson Hamilton said he was impressed by the fact that Jarrell took responsibility for what happened, didn’t minimize the events and apologized to the girl and her family, the Deseret News reports.
Judge Bruce Lubeck said he struggled “mightily” in determining no punishment.
Jarrel was charged in the sexual abuse of a 17-year-old student.
She faced charges of object rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
Jarrell had illegal sexual activity with a 17-year-old girl who attended the school where Jarrel worked as a teacher between February and March 2013 according to charging documents. Prosecutors say the activity happened at Jarrell’s house.
With Jarrell’s felony charges downgraded to misdemeanors, she must instead serve 100 hours of community service, 18 months of probation and pay a $900 fine.
Other sex crime case featuring female coaches that have gained media attention lately:
Ashley M. Blumenshine , 29-year-old former teacher at Plainfield North High School, Plainfield, Illinois, who was arrested more than two years ago for allegedly engaging in sex with a male student, was sentenced earlier this week to two years of probation and 30 days in jail. Jessica Boyers, 24-year-old female teacher from Louisville, Kentucky, accused of having sexual contact with a male teen student, entered a not guilty plea in court. Boyers also coached cross country and swimming. Jamie Waite, 37-year-old volunteer swim coach at Ben Lomond High School, Utah, who plead guilty of four counts of forcible sexual abuse, got her prison time was suspended and was ordered to to spend 210 days in jail and complete three years’ probation. And Cassandra Rose Elfers, 21-year-old part-time volleyball coach at Phillip Sharp Middle School, the Pendleton County, Kentucky, who had already been arrested in January for alleged sex acts with student faced more charges in January. While most of the cases feature female perpetrators and male victims, at least one other female coach have been accused of sexual abuse of teen girl lately – Leslie Danielle Dewitt, 31-year-old coach and teacher formerly at Hancock High School, Hancock County, Mississippi, has as been accused of engaging in sex acts and relationship with a 16-year-old girl.