Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Maryland Teacher Gets Probation in Sex Case - Updated

(Anne Arundel County, Maryland) Earlier today, 29-year-old teacher Kristyn Nicole Breeds pleaded guilty in accordance with a plea agreement to one count of fourth-degree sex offense. As a result, she was given probation.
The Anne Arundel District Court judge agreed to give the former teacher probation before judgment. Breeds' lawyer says she has been punished enough.

"Her life as a she knew it formerly is over. She had planned her whole life to be a teacher. Obviously that career is gone," said Thomas Morrow, Breeds' lawyer.

The teacher admitted she and the student had sex at a Park and Ride, and also at her home as many as 10 times during his senior year.

The teen, who didn't graduate after the teacher's arrest in January, is now getting his GED and attending community college.

The prosecutor didn't fight the fact that there would be no criminal conviction and only probation.

"We did not want to have to basically retraumatize him by going forward in testimony, so I think it was appropriate that Ms. Breeds pled guilty, admitted what she'd done and it was inappropriate," said Michelle Smith, prosecutor.
It's hard to understand the logic. For the better part of a year, Breeds mixed it up sexually with a student and she gets probation without a criminal conviction. Arguably, a felony record and some form of punishment would seem to be warranted.

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Maryland Teacher Accused of Sex with Male Student
[Previous 1/16/10 post]
(Anne Arundel County, Maryland) A 29-year-old special education teacher and track coach at Northeast High School in Pasadena, Kristyn Nicole Breeds, was arrested Thursday for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student. Breeds has been charged with three counts of fourth-degree sex offense.
The charging documents said she [Breeds] told police that she and the 17-year-old had sex at the park-and-ride lot on Leelyn Drive in Severna Park, at her Severna Park home and at Queenstown Park.

"She advised the sexual relationship started in the spring 2009 and continued until December 2009," the charging documents state.

At a brief bail review hearing, Annapolis District Judge Thomas J. Pryal ordered Breeds, who was initially held on $500,000 bail, released on recognizance.
Also on Thursday, Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell suspended Breeds with pay.

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