Monday, July 14, 2014

Western Pa. English Teacher Victimizes Two 18y.o. Males

"Hot English Teacher Victimizes Two 18-Year-Old Males
By Banging Them, Giving Them Beer"

from The Daily Caller - July 12, 2014:

A married, 26-year-old high school English teacher has been arrested for having sex with two 18-year-old male students and giving them some beer inside her home while her husband was out of town on business

The teacher, Tiffany Leiseth, was a long-term substitute teacher for the New Brighton Area School District in rural western Pennsylvania, reports Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI.

According to police, Leiseth invited one of the two male high school seniors over to her house in Moon Township, Pa. on the last day of school. She gave him a beer. They had sex.

The very next day, police say, the second student went to went to her home. There was more sex and some more beer.

Prior to all the excitement, Leiseth had – of course – sent the two students nude photos of herself.

Under Pennsylvania law, Leiseth seems to have jumped the gun on the deadline for teacher-student sex by just a few days. She now faces charges of institutional sexual assault – a third-degree felony – because the students had not yet officially graduated.

The raft of charges against the teacher also includes furnishing alcohol to minors, notes CBS Pittsburgh.

“Regardless of your age, whether you’re an adult or not, if you’re a high school student, a teacher cannot have sexual relations with you,” Moon Township Police Chief Leo McCarthy told WPIX.

McCarthy added that the law originated in 2007 “to give people who are being supervised by others protection.”

Leiseth’s attorney, Mike Deriso, argues that the law doesn’t apply in this case.

“She was not their teacher at the time, and they were not her students,” Deriso told CBS Pittsburgh. “My client did not pursue those boys. They are adults. They make their own decisions.”

Police do admit that it was no crime when Leiseth sent nude images of herself to the high school students because they were 18 at the time they received the images.

According to the cops, one of the two teens said Leiseth warned him not to tell anyone about the illicit fling.

That plan apparently didn’t work out, though, because the school district superintendent Joseph A. Guarino called the cops after he had received a couple phone calls about the hanky-panky.

“They had a rumor that a school teacher was sending nude photographs of herself to two male students,” McCarthy explained to CBS Pittsburgh. “They followed up on that rumor and they found those students, and they found the nude photographs, and they identified the teacher.”

School district officials have sacked Leiseth since the alleged incidents came to light. She had been a district substitute for two years and was serving as a long-term sub in an English class this school year.

The school district issued a statement praising itself for providing “complete cooperation with all involved agencies” and declining further comment “in light of pending litigation.”

Local parents applauded the arrest.

“Set the example for any other teachers or administrators that have any thoughts of doing anything like that,” parent Howard Yellock told WPXI.

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Evolution of the ʻNational Organization for Marriageʻ

Maggie Gallagher Throws in the Towel

from Daily Kos - May 2, 2014:

Maggie Gallagher has posted an astonishing piece on her blog this morning pretty much conceding defeat in her fight against marriage equality. The piece reads like a post mortem of the complete failures of NOM and other similar groups and questions the path forward for them as the country finds their bigoted views unacceptable in the public square.

The handwriting is on the wall and Gallagher knows it. Marriage bans are now under review in five federal appellate courts. Our unanimous victories in the lower courts and last year’s Supreme Court decision remanding the Prop. 8 challenge and dismantling of DOMA have forced her hand and her post gently tries to break the news to her frothy followers.

Right now most people who believe in the classic understanding of marriage are in shock, they are awed by the powers now shutting down the debate and by our ineffectualness at responding to these developments.

The temptation to shout and yell and stamp our feet in ineffectual ridiculousness is understandable, but it is to be resisted.

Hiding or pretending is not going to help us, now. We have to face the truth. And we have to find the Love at its heart.

And we will have to do new things, not simply do what failed, over and over again, harder.

Do take the time to read the entire piece. In it, she brings up the recent flap over Brendan Eich's ouster at Mozilla as well as the evolution of Charles Cooper. Cooper is the attorney who defended Prop 8 before the Supreme Court who has had an about face as he plans a wedding for his daughter to another woman. She goes on to discuss the complete failure of the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" legislation in Arizona and bemoans that "progressives got the conservative movement to fold with credible and major GOP figures." She rightly sees this as a harbinger of things to come.

Although Gallagher takes pains to reassure her readers that she will still be around to help them "to build among the ruins of the old America, something new", she does not lay out any suggestions on how to make that happen. Like the Republican's plan to replace Obamacare, her plan to stop the tide of equality by reintroducing and selling bigotry wrapped in a pretty new bow simply doesn't exist.

All that appears left for Maggie now is her own evolution.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oil City Man Charged with Rape of Young Girls, No Comment from American Family Association of Pennsylvania

from April 29, 2014:

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Around 5:17 p.m. today Oil City Police arrested a 64-year-old Oil City man on alleged child rape charges.

Police say after a three month long investigation, they arrested with a warrant 64-year-old Richard W. Keltz, of Oil City.

He was charged with the following offenses:

- one count of Rape of a Child
- six counts of Aggravated Indecent Assault
- three counts of Unlawful Contact with Minors
- one count of Indecent Assault

The charges are all felonies of the first and third degrees, according to police.

The charges were filed after it was learned that Keltz allegedly committed the sexual offenses with girls – ages eight, 11, and 12 – in the city of Oil City and Two Mile County Park, over a period from 2011 to January 2014 when the alleged abuse became known, police say.

Keltz was arraigned in front of District Judge Fish and placed in the Venango County Jail in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for May 7.