Thursday, September 13, 2012

Michelle McCutchan, 40-year-old former teacher sentenced to 15 years in prison

Michelle McCutchan, 40-year-old former teacher from Checotah (Eufaula), Oklahoma, has been sentenced by McIntosh County judge  to 15 years in prison with five years suspended,  for having a sexual relationship with students.

McCutchan entered a blind plea to nine out of 29 counts filed against her. She admitted to one count of rape, three counts of sodomy, one count of child neglect, and four counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. The felony charges will run concurrently and fall under Oklahoma’s 85 percent statute, meaning McCutchan will spend almost 13 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

McCutchan testified that she would not have stopped the relationships had her husband not discovered one of them. She said she was not thinking in terms of right or wrong as the relationships continued and didn’t begin to think about her actions until she was arrested.

McCutchan, a fifth grade teacher at Marshall Elementary School in Checotah, was initially arrested in May 2011 and was first charged with two counts of second degree rape and one count of sodomy. The five alleged acts between McCutchan and the teen boy, who was her daughter's boyfriend, took place between January and February 2011 at the teacher's home and the teen's home. She also confessed to setting up a video camera to film two of the romps.
Police  found out about the affair when the teen boasted to his friends about the home made sex tape.  After being interviewed by detectives McCutchan admitted she had videoed herself having sex with her teen lover.
The arrest report said the teacher had sex four times at her home and once at the boy's home.

A Month later, in June 2011 Mrs McCutchan faced additional sex-related charges after investigators of the case turned up evidence showing there were other victims  she engaged in sexual relations with at least three teenage boys, two of them students. Assistant District Attorney Crieg Rittenhouse  charged McCutchan with nine counts each of second-degree rape and sodomy as a result of the teacher’s alleged involvement with the students. The third boy is 16 years old, but he was not a student and he age of consent in Oklahoma is 16 years. Evidence showed that McCutchan furnished him with alcohol.

In addition to the charges of second-degree rape, sodomy and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, prosecutors also filed one count each of child neglect and possessing child pornography as a result of evidence that indicates McCutchan allowed a 15-year-old girl to watch her have sex with one of the teenage boys and then watched the girl while she had sex with the same partner. The pornography charge, prosecutior said, is based upon images that allegedly capture that encounter.

Former Educator Sentenced for Rape, Sodomy, Neglect and Providing Alcohol

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