Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Georgia Female Teacher Gets 15 Years Probation For Sexual Assault

Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon, 30-year-old former special needs teacher at Northgate High School, Coweta County, Georgia, was sentenced to 15 years probation yesterday after she pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault against a teen male student.

Dixon was been arrested in May 2011 on allegations that she had sex with a 15-year-old male student. Dixon's husband reportedly found sex texts on his wife's phone and tipped local officers about he possible sexual relationship between female teacher and a male special needs student. Dixon allegedly had been involved in the relationship with the 15-year-old for several months and the two had him in different locations.

Coweta Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby  said it was clear from Dixon's pre-sentencing statement that she was remorseful but that her actions with a former student were "an egregious betrayal of trust."

In her pre-sentencing statement, Dixon grew very emotional as she described how shortly before sexual contact with the student began, her former husband had asked for a divorce, leaving her feeling bad and worthless and suffering from depression.

Dixon's sentence, even it might seem long, is still just probation and can be considered suprisingly light compared to some other sentecing that females who have been found guilty of similar sex crimes have been getting. Shannon Alicia Schmieder, a former teacher assistant at Jefferson Parkway Elementary School, Coweta County, Georgia, sentenced in February 2012 by Coweta Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby to "40 years in prison, to serve 20" as a result of her guilty plea  to engaging in sex with a 14-year-old boy. Eileen Dawn June Gargulio, 19-year-old woman from Dalton, Georgia, received a five-year prison sentence in December 2011 after she leaded guilty to statutory rape and child molestation, her victim was a 13-year-old boy. Georgiana Glenn Helmbolt, 47-year-old woman from Spring Lake, Minnesota, was sentenced in October 2010 to serve five years at the Minnesota Correctional Facility  and 30 months of supervised release when she gets out of prison. Helmbolt had been having sex with her 15-year-old foster son.

Dixon will also be required to register as a sex offender and perform 200 hours of community service.

Dorothy Dixon gets 15 Years Probation for Sex Assault

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