Boise Police arrested 40-year-old Michelle Farley for two counts of sexual battery of a child aged 16 or 17.I always have conflicted feelings on stuff like this. Seventeen-tear-old boys get married by the tens of thousands and have all manner of sex with their wives - whatever their age may be - no big deal.
Prosecutors say the Borah High psychology teacher admitted to police she had sexual contact with a student, who was 17 at the time.
But have an older woman take on a seventeen-year-old unmarried boy... and out comes the big hammer. It goes without saying that the boy had to be willing, that he was - at the very least - hot to trot.
Take a look at this list of female sexual "predators". There may be a "hottie" or two on the list, but look at most of them. The kid involved with them had to really be wanting to get it on... to even think about having sex with most of these howlers.
Calling a seventeen-year-old boy a "child" seems a bit unrealistic, particularly one that's headed for Iraq or Afghanistan, and a life sentence for a roll in the hay with one seems way too excessive.
You guys know better than to argue the point, but Moms and girlfriends may feel free to raise the roof. Moms have a tendency to believe that their seventeen-year-old is still a babe-in-the-woods innocent, and those teenie girlfriends just can't compete with some older broad that may actually deliver.
Communities and governments have tried to outlaw and legislate non-marital sex for 5,000 years that we know of. You can see how that's worked out.
Is there a better solution? Is anybody actually looking for one? Or are we just going to stick with the "big hammer" approach, and send all those teachers to prison for life?