Misconduct charges lodged against former teacher

ROBERT SMITH

BY STACI WILSON

Allegations of sexual misconduct have been leveled against a former Montrose Area high school art teacher.

Charges lodged against Robert Smith, Montrose, stem from the victim’s report to police of incidents that occurred about 20 years ago while she was a student in the school district.

Smith retired from teaching in 2001.

State Trooper John Oliver filed an aggravated indecent assault charge, a second degree felony, against Smith in Montrose District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Smith was arraigned in front of District Judge Jeffrey Hollister and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

In addition to the felony charge, Smith also faces misdemeanor counts including corruption of minors, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

According to the police affidavit, the alleged victim came forward in May 2009 and said she had been molested by her art teacher on various occasions over the course of two years, with incidents beginning in late 1990.

The Susquehanna County Independent does not release the identity of victims of sexual assault.

The victim told police one incident occurred in the art room in Montrose Area High School. Other incidents took place at the victim’s home and at the Smith residence, according to the affidavit.

The victim also said Smith sent her love letters, which were forwarded to police and entered into evidence, according to the affidavit.

Smith denied the former student’s allegations to police during an Oct. 19 interview at the Gibson barracks.

But, according to the affidavit, as the trooper related the victim’s stories, Smith said, “I may have gotten too close to this kid” and that the relationship went too far.

Smith told police he had been consumed with the girl and that he had “fallen hard” for the student.

He told police he wishes he could offer an apology to the victim.

A preliminary hearing originally scheduled for Nov. 1 was continued to Nov. 15 in Montrose District Court.

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  • Role of law enforcement?

    Alleged victim comes forward in May of 2009. Wait to interview and charge alleged perpetrator until October of 2010? So, this guy is free in the world uncharged for almost a year and a half with the state police and district attorney knowing about these accusations. I guess law ENFORCEMENT has little to do with actually PROTECTING people these days.

  • Becky

    I’m sorry, regardless of what Mr. Smith has said, I’m not buying it. I went to MHS when Smith was a teacher. I never saw ANYTHING out of the ordinary from him. I’ve been ALONE with him, whether it was in the art room or at Elk Mountain, and NOTHING struck me as being OFF with him. NOTHING.

    Why wait 19 years to say something? Why? If a teacher touched me inappropriately while I was a student, I would have been going to see Mr. Ognosky or Mr. Wilcox as soon as I could… not waiting until I had been OUT of school for 15+ years.

    It just seems FISHY to me.

  • Huh?

    I agree with you Becky…something does smell fishy…
    I didn’t attend Montrose but seems to me to save those letters for that long, this person obviously was waiting to use them in the future…if they are legit. Why wait til now to bring those allegations? Tough times in the economy and they need the money?

  • Statute of limitations

    Hate to burst people’s bubble on this one. The statute of limitations ran on this case in the mid 1990′s. If district attorney knew the law, he would see he can’t even put this guy on trial.

  • http://www.boatclub.biz Denise Whipple

    I for one am shocked. Mr Smith was a teacher of mine for 4 years from 80 to 84. He was a good man and a great teacher to many, many students.

    I was somewhat of a “challenge” as a student. I did ok grade wise but growing up for 16 years elsewhere prior to my moving to Montrose left me with a lot of rough edges. Bob Smith was probably the single most important and constant influence teacher wise that helped to get me through High School. He made me think and he made me believe in me. He helped me to find a side of myself artistically that I would have never, ever known.

    He spoke to me about the personal changes I was going through at a time when no one would. He let me know that I was going to be o.k and I was going to make it. His encouragement and support were always there for me and everyone else. Male and female. He was a damn good teacher. I am someone who spent every free minute and study hall that I could in that art room and I saw everything. Never,never,never was Mr. Smith ever inappropriate with a student. Period.

    I don’t know what happened during all this. I can’t comprehend it. I cannot wrap my mind around the accusations. I pray it wasn’t what it is said to be. I pray for all involved. The girl, Bob Smith and his family. I pray for all Mr Smiths students who are hearing this sad news and trying to make sense of it like I am. What is a person to do? Wait and see I guess. No one will ever know the whole truth this I know. I can’t judge Mr Smith and I can’t say wrong about the girl. What about the statute of limitations? Hasn’t it been too long? Somebody just tell me it isn’t true. That’s what I need to hear.

    All I can say is thank you Mr. Smith for all that you contributed to MY life. I will never, ever forget the color you gave to my world.

  • Vince V.

    FISHY? You gotta be kidding… this is NOT a case of “he/said, she/said.”

    In his own words, Smith said he got “too close” to the student, that “the relationship went too far,” and that he had “fallen hard” for the student.

    For goodness sake, Smith sent her love letters too, (how inappropriate is that?). And Smith says he wishes he could offer an apology to the victim, (apologize for what?). Smith wouldn’t offer an apology unless he did it.

    Look, the reason so many victims fail to come forward in the first place is that there are always selfish doubters like you. Obviously, you’re a big Smith fan. So, next time you see him, why don’t you ask him what he wants to apologize for…

  • Mrs. Parker

    Unless you have actually been in the situation, how can you possibly know how you would handle it?
    Whether or not a man has done hundreds of good deeds or not; a law was broken, a line was crossed, and
    he admitted to it. How can you justify a married man seeking a ‘relationship’ with a child?

  • Angela Episale

    I do not believe this for one second. It seems obvious that they have taken bits and pieces of a conversation and presented them to look like he was saying things that he was absolutely not saying. If he denies the charges then he is innocent. Mr. Smith was an incredible teacher and is a good man. Many of us benefited from his caring ways. He was not a molester. He was not hitting on students. I stand behind him 100%.

  • Vince V.

    Hey, Huh, it seems you don’t know the difference between a “civil” case and a “criminal” case.

    Here, the victim is NOT suing Smith in civil court seeking a remedy of money. Rather, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has brought charges in criminal court where the remedy will be incarceration in state prison.

  • Vince V.

    Hey, Denise…. Don’t try to wrap your mind around the accusations; try instead to wrap your mind around Smith’s admissions to the police.

    Smith was a grown man in his late 40′s who, in his own words, had “fallen hard” for a student and wrote her love letters. Gross!! And now, he wants to apologize. Why? Because he knows he did her wrong!

  • Vince V.

    For all of you selfish doubters, just take a look at the photo of Smith that was published in the newspaper.

    Look closely at the creepy face….the hollow eyes….the insolent expression….and that gaping pie-hole. It looks as if he’s been caught red-handed!

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

  • http://www.boatclub.biz Denise W

    Well sir yes. As you catorgorize it I too am “A big Mr Smith fan.”

    As the article reads:

    “Smith denied the former student’s allegations to police during an Oct. 19 interview at the Gibson barracks.
    But, according to the affidavit, as the trooper related the victim’s stories, Smith said, “I may have gotten too close to this kid” and that the relationship went too far. Smith told police he had been consumed with the girl and that he had “fallen hard” for the student.”

    Knowing Mr Smith as I did I can say that this girl was perhaps troubled or in need and that lead down the road to a relationship that surpassed the typical teacher-student relationship. By that I mean he lead with his heart and he crossed a line that perhaps another teacher wouldn’t have in seeing this girl outside school or send giving her a letter that was deemed inappropriate some 20 years later. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT LETTER SAYS. NONE OF US DO. UNTIL YOU DO YOU SHOULD SPECULATE ON ANYTHING. I don’t know the details(and neither do you Vince) but I know Mr Smith is no predator that is for sure. Smith is apologizing perhaps because of what this girl is going through now, and mind you we don’t know what that is or why that is. My best guess is he is apologizing because maybe he knows that he should have done things differently in handling this situation. It isn’t an admission of guilt to what he is being charged with I will tell you that much.

    I have had time to process this and I now want to retract my statement of “I need someone to tell me it is not true” because I know in my heart it isn’t. I never doubted him and was distraught upon writing my first response. I don’t need anyone to tell me it isn’t true because it isn’t. And for people like you who want to hang the guy in the square I think the legal system will prove you wrong. Let the process do it’s thing.

    Vince do you know Bob Smith? Have you looked directly into the eyes you describe as hollow? Especially when he is sitting next to you on the floor because he found you there crying and sat down beside you for an hour to talk about your upset? You making assumptions based on Mr. Smiths photo is ridiculous and that my friend is how people are unfairly portrayed and convicted. That is why such a high % of death row inmates are black. Because people judge by what they think they see and know. Please send me your picture and I will see if I can tell what your life is about from it.

    So Vince, thank you for all your advice and input. I am choosing to go with the facts of what I know and let the truth find it’s way. You can continue on your own path or whatever you want to do. I understand you are upset by this, we all are. You stand in your camp and I will stand where I have to and we will call it a day.

    Peace

  • kim

    now it sounds like youre just saying that because of what you found out he might of done i went to montroe also and mr. smith never looked creepy and never acted creepy he was still a good art teacher and mentor to some of us and never touched me or spoke to me inapropratley

  • Kubiack

    If last crime occurred prior to August 26, 1992, then it’s legally impossible to prosecute him. The statute of limitations had already run out.

  • Vince V.

    Hey, Kim. Golly gee, I lived in L.A. in the 1970s and Charles Manson never touched me or spoke to me inappropriately…

    I’m starting to understand why victims may be reluctant to come forward—because of blockheads like you! Victims must be terrified at the prospect of having people like you on the jury! For goodness sake, you can’t even spell the name of your own high school! And don’t get me started on all of your other spelling and grammatical errors.

    Wake up! The fact that Smith didn’t perpetrate on you, or that he may have been a good art teacher, does NOT tend to prove or disprove the victim’s allegations. Oh, and by the way, Kim, did you ever get your G.E.D.?

  • Lawyer

    That’s why NO ONE should ever talk to the police. Innocent people go to jail because they make the mistake of talking to the police. The police can use ANY tactic short of physically harming you. The POLICE are NOT trying to figure out the TRUTH. They are trying to build a case and CONVICT YOU, YOU, YOU!

  • old student

    Why is it that there is only female students talking about how great he was? If you were one of his art students you could get away with anything. He used to let his students smoke pot in his room I know for a fact because he used to catch me and one of my friends(an artist) all the time. He was always huggy with female students. Who cares how long she waited.

  • Vince V.

    Okay, Angela, let me get this straight…. “if he denies the charges then he is innocent.” Gosh, I didn’t know the criminal justice system was that simple… why bother with a jury?

    And, what on earth do you mean “bits and pieces of a conversation?” There’s nothing in the article about presenting bits and pieces of a conversation….

    What do you know about “bits and pieces of a conversation” that you’re not sharing with the rest of us?

  • Vince V.

    Hey, Kubiack….. why don’t you provide the legal authority on which you make your assertions.

  • Truth

    The SOL at the time was 5 years for any felony in pa, 2 years for
    Misdemeanors. With minority tolling an underage person would have either 5 or 2 years after their 18 birthday to report the crime. Subsequent extensions to the SOL(2002 and 2006) would only apply if the complaintant was under 18 in 1997. The supreme court in the Stogner v California decision made it unconstitutional ( violates ex post facto clause of the US and Pa constitutions) to apply an extension of the SOL to time barred crimes.

  • Kubiack

    Act 208 passed in the Pennsylvania legislature in 1990. Com. v. Harvey, 542 A.2d 1027 (Pa. Super. 1988)
    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

  • Huh?

    I do not know Smith personally, so I guess I won’t be seeing him. As I said “I didn’t attend Montrose School.”. Just saying….sounds like a blackmail case to me….pay me off or I take it to the police.

    If he did it which apparently he admitted to…shame on him…he will pay. I am not the judge or the jury here…just someone with an opinion, and last I knew I have a right to that.

    I DO know it is against the law what the allegations are but I don’t understand why wait this long? Period.

    Young girls are not as innocent as they use to be…pretty sad….12 year olds try to look and act like adults…parents need to step up & take notice and take a little responsibilty for their childs behavior…or give them a little more love at home so they don’t have to look for it from someone else.

  • Vince V.

    Sure, Huh, you have a right to your opinion, but your opinions are totally lame.

    You say, “sounds like a blackmail case to me….pay me off or I take it to the police.” The article never mentions that the victim wants payment. And, it’s not as if the victim is threatening to “take it to the police.” Hello! It’s already been to the police, who sent it to the district attorney, who filed criminal charges against this guy. It’s not about money; rather, it’s about whether or not to send this guy to state prison.

    Look, I don’t know why a victim would wait so long to come forward, but I believe the fact that Harrisburg lawmakers have extended the statute of limitations is most telling. I suspect that it’s probably difficult for victims to come forward, especially in a town full of selfish, backward-thinking country bumpkins who are confident Smith is innocent just because he never perpetrated on THEM.

    You really lose credibility when you write: “Young girls are not as innocent as they use to be.” Uh, okay, how about twenty years ago when the attacks allegedly occurred? Were young girls more or less innocent back in 1990? C’mon! If a victim is under the age of consent, it doesn’t matter how “innocent” that victim may appear to you.

    And just what are you trying to say when you write: “parents need to step up & take notice and take a little responsibility for their child’s behavior.” Is it the parents’ fault if their child gets molested? For goodness sake!

    I really feel empathy for this woman. It’s difficult enough for victims to come forward, and when this one finally got the nerve to do so, she is forced to contend with bigotry and small-mindedness. Let’s just hope they can find jurors with open minds who can render a verdict based on the evidence presented—not on twisted opinions about “Young girls are not as innocent as they use to be.”

    Heaven help us all.

  • Vince V.

    Hey Half-Truth. I love it how you lawyers try your cases in the forum of public opinion!

    Nevertheless, your assessment of the law is blatantly incorrect.

    “If a statute of limitations period has expired, a prosecution may nevertheless be commenced for any sexual offense committed against a minor who is less than 18 years of age any time up to the date the minor reaches 50 years of age.”
    [See 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec. 5552(c)(3)]

    But hey, counsel, make your argument, give Smith false hope, and bilk him for every penny he’s got….

  • Vince V.

    Hey HALF-TRUTH…. I love it how you lawyers try your cases in the forum of public opinion!

    Nevertheless, your assessment of the law is blatantly incorrect.

    “If a statute of limitations period has expired, a prosecution may nevertheless be commenced for any sexual offense committed against a minor who is less than 18 years of age any time up to the date the minor reaches 50 years of age.”
    [42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec. 5552(c)(3)]

    But hey, counsel, make your argument, give Smith false hope, and bilk him for every penny he’s got….

  • Vince V.

    Kubiach–

    The authority on which you rely is outdated by more than twenty years.

  • Vince V.

    Hey Kubiach,

    The authority on which you rely is outdated by more than twenty years.

  • Kubiack

    Vince V.
    The extension that you write about was passed in 2006. There was an extender before that passed in 2002. The crimes are said to have happened in early 1990′s. Smith is subject to the statute of limitations at the times of the crimes. The extenders only apply if the statute of limitations never expired prior to their passage. The only way it can possibly work out for putting him on trial is if one of these crimes happened after August 25, 1992. If it’s before that date his lawyer will file for a motion to dismiss and he will get it.

  • Michele

    I don’t know who this “Vince” guy is, or why he’s quite so interested in this case. I do know Bob Smith to be an awesome teacher and person. Like Denise, he was a true inspiration for me. He wasn’t just my teacher, he was my friend. I also spent as much time as I possibly could in that classroom and he was never inappropriate toward me or anyone else.

    Regarding the case, I have to wonder why this girl was spending time in his home if he was being indecent or inappropriate to her. When I don’t like the way someone is treating me, I don’t go to visit them in their home.

    The way the article was written, it’s easy to see how the police or the newspaper could have twisted his words. They seem to have chosen just a phrase or two that he actually used and then filled in the blanks with their own opinions.

    Mr. Smith is one of the most decent men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

  • Truth

    Vince V. As stated by Kubiak the extensions of the SOL do not apply to time barred prosecutions. The laws in place at the time would govern in this case. Prosecution in this case will be determined by the age of the complaintant.

  • Vince V.

    HALF-TRUTH: First of all, the word is “complainant,” not “complaintant.”

    The only thing you have right is your assertion that “prosecution will be determined by the age of the complaintant [sic].” Under the applicable statute, the state may bring charges up until the “complainant” is 50 years of age.

  • http://www.boatclub.biz Denise W

    For some reason my follow up comment was not posted here last week. The staute of limitations used to be 5 years after the persons 18th birthday. Now it is until the persons 50th birthday unless the original statute had run out (5 years after the 18th) which in this case it had so I don’t know how they are charging him, but it appears they are.

    I went through this whole big follow up comment last week and I am unhappy it wasn’t posted. At any rate I wanted to just clarify that I don’t need to have someone tell me he didn’t do it because I know he did not. Having the police say he didn’t do it by dropping the charges will be, in my heart the end result of all this. That is what I am waiting to hear, them saying they were wrong and Smith being exonorated. Unfortunatly the state doesn’t readily admit when they are wrong and go through great legnths to create story’s to accomodate their needs.

    I said “I pray for the girl” because that is the Christian thing to do. I hope she get’s the help she needs with whatever possesed her to do this.

    As the lady above says. Bits and peices of his conversation were used in that article to make it what they wanted it to be, the truth will emerge though. No one was there except Smith and the girl. Vince you are attacking him like you were there. You were not. You are showing your ignorance by hanging him in the square and “Thou dost protest too much” in my opinion.

    Bob Smith has not only my support and my prayers but those of many who have passed through his life and come out the other side better people as a result.

  • Vince V.

    Denise Whipple: READ BETWEEN THE LINES!

    You write: Knowing Mr Smith as I did I can say that this girl was perhaps troubled [yeah, because predators like Smith only prey on the “troubled” girls, right?] or in need and that lead down the road to a relationship that surpassed the typical teacher-student relationship [uh, what kind of relationship do you suggest, D?] By that I mean he lead with his heart and he crossed a line [what kind of line did Smith cross, D?] that perhaps another teacher wouldn’t have [oh, you mean like a normal teacher who wanted to keep his job and stay out of prison, right?] in seeing this girl outside school [they “saw” each other outside of school, as in dating?] or send giving her a letter [the article says “letters,” as in plural] that was deemed inappropriate some 20 years later [but those love letters were totally okay 20 years ago when the victim was underage, right?]. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT LETTER [singular?] SAYS. NONE OF US DO. [Well, we will all see those letters when trial rolls around] UNTIL YOU DO YOU SHOULD SPECULATE ON ANYTHING [but in the meantime, YOU go right ahead and speculate all you want, Toots]. I don’t know the details [that’s for sure] but I know Mr Smith is no predator that is for sure. Smith is apologizing perhaps [perhaps? Whatever you do, don’t speculate] because of what this girl is going through now, [tell us, oh wise Denise, what is this “troubled” girl going through?] and mind you we don’t know what that is or why that is [but don’t venture a guess, whatever you do, D]. My best guess [are you speculating again?] is he is apologizing because maybe he knows that he should have done things differently [what should he have done differently? NOT molest her?] in handling this situation [to what situation do you refer?]. It isn’t an admission of guilt [on the contrary, an apology tends to raise an inference of guilt] to what he is being charged with I will tell you that much.

    Vince do you know Bob Smith? Have you looked directly into the eyes you describe as hollow? [Have you seen his mugshot photo?] Especially when he is sitting next to you on the floor because he found you there crying and sat down beside you for an hour to talk about your upset? [Poor little Denise, another “troubled” teenage girl crying all alone on the floor and Smith is there to pick up the pieces, gently consoling a "troubled" underage girl for a whole hour…did Smith ever console boys that he found crying on the floor? Or just “troubled” teenage girls like you, Denise?]

    I am choosing to go with the facts [you wouldn’t know a fact if it bit you] of what I know [you know nothing except that he didn’t molest YOU!] and let the truth find it’s way [oh, please, stop watching courtroom dramas on TV]. You can continue on your own path or whatever you want to do [gee, thanks for your permission.] I understand you are upset by this [I’m only upset by the selfish ignorance of people like you, who second guess the police and the district attorney, and who are so sure he’s innocent just because he didn’t molest YOU!]

    P.S. Look, Denise, I’ve been online at the high school’s permanent art collection and I’ve seen that garbage you fob off as art—and I’m sure that, twenty some odd years ago, Smith was there to pick you up off the floor, dry up your crocodile tears, stroke your underage ego, and tell you what a wonderful creative force you were; clearly, a “troubled” girl like yourself has a deep-rooted need for a mentor that outweighs your ability to think rationally…oh, and have a nice day.

  • Vince V.

    Denise.

    The only thing you know is that he did not molest YOU. And note, if Smith lucks out on the statute of limitations issue, that does not “exonerate” him, i.e., he still may have done it.

    What kills me is when you write: “Unfortunatly the state doesn’t readily admit when they are wrong and go through great legnths to create story’s to accomodate their needs.” Forgetting for a moment your numerous spelling errors, you sound like a whack job conspiracy theorist when you contend that the state creates “story’s” to accommodate their needs. What stories did the state create, Denise? Maybe you should write a screen play for Oliver Stone so he can do a movie about the conspiracy between the D.A. and the police to frame-up your beloved art teacher…

    And don’t for a moment pretend to be doing the Christian thing—it’s nothing more than brash arrogance wrapped in feigned humility.

    And your cute little Shakespeare quote, “Thou dost protest too much,” is backwards; YOU are the one protesting Smith’s prosecution, not me. I protest nothing, save and except the selfish, narrow-minded ignorance of people like YOU. It’s people like YOU who make it difficult for victims to come forward.

    Again, all YOU know is that he did not molest YOU. So, next time you see your beloved art teacher, ask him whether the victim’s allegations are true.

  • Someone Who Wonders

    Vince,

    I am beginning to wonder if you or someone you know wasn’t molested by this teacher, or some other teacher. Simply by the fact that you are really, really into this. Maybe it is hitting a nerve inside. If that happened, I am sorry for you.

    I do agree with one thing though, people do judge and have fast opinions, and yes, this is why sexual victims, gays, domestic abuse victims, or any kind for that matter don’t come forward. They know that they will be put on trial by people in the process of reporting a crime.

    I do not have an opinion in this case as yet. I don’t know anyone and the facts are not all in. Best of luck to all involved. I hope the truth does come out.

  • Vince V.

    Wondering out loud….

    I’m just wondering whether the newspaper will print the text of Smith’s love letters. Just how will all the naysayers react when they see Smith’s love letters? Are those letters too racy too print? Hmm?

  • Bean Pole

    Vince- Your juvenile need to continually “correct” posts and share your obnoxiously narrow minded opinion has gotten quite old. Take a day off from sitting in front of your computer mulling over what your next bullying post will be.

    To the rest- I am hoping all turns out well for Bob. I only know him as a good man.

    FYI- Not sure how true it may be, but I have heard from others here in town that the women accusing Bob is now married to a lawyer who may have pushed for her to bring about the accusations.

  • Vince V.

    Hey Bean Bag,

    Oh, pl-ease! Get off your high horse! After all, someone has got to correct these jabberwockies! Someone must bring enlightenment to the darker regions of Susquehanna County, so it may as well be me.

    Obviously, you’re just another loyal sheep transfixed under Smith’s all-pervasive spell. Just like all his other loyal followers, you’re so sure he’s innocent just because he never molested YOU!

    And why do you pander to the rumor mills? Why not just stick to the facts? Oh, sure, we’ve all heard that tired old rumor, i.e., that the victim is married to some top-shelf Harrisburg lawyer—who has the state police and the local D.A. in his back pocket—and that this lawyer guy beats his wife and forces her to unwittingly bring charges against poor old Bob because, if Bob goes to state prison, this lawyer will have eliminated his political rival in order to secure the Republican nomination for Susquehanna County Commissioner in 2012. That’s the version you heard, right?

    Pl-ease! Why don’t you just come out and say what you really think—that the victim is a weak-willed, spineless female who can’t think for herself? That no woman could ever make such allegations unless someone else subjugated her free will and forced her to perjure herself with false allegations against Smith?

    Clearly, you need help. You have a deep-rooted, psychological need to believe that the victim was forced into making these allegations. (This is where you well-up with tears and cry, “Say it isn’t so!”) You cannot swallow the bitter fact that this victim just might be a mature, confident woman who, after all these years, has finally come to terms with the nasty crimes perpetrated upon her and that she now wishes to see justice come into being, which in turn, will hopefully compel other victims to come forward, to shed the dark mantle of shame and step into the bright light of justice.

  • Chance

    Keep going Vince V. but I doubt you are going to convince the rest of these people. Adults have power and teenagers are so often in search of some attention. You are right about the predators identifying the most needy and preying on them in the guise of interest in their situation. I know, I was molested by a teacher and never got to confront him. It is time for the teachers and coaches who take sexual advantage — be it touching or comments or whatever– of the students left in their care to pay a price more than a mild slap and probation. They know not (or care not) what they have done to their young charges’ lives.