(Johnson County, Kansas) Yesterday, former Shawnee Mission West teacher and cheerleading coach Michelle Preston was sentenced to three years of probation for engaging in sex with three male students.
The students were 17 or 18 when the sexual encounters took place at Preston’s home in 2010. Although the students were of consensual age in Kansas, Preston was prosecuted under a law governing teachers and their students.Note that Preston only risks prison if she violates probation. Meanwhile, she will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years.
Prosecutors did not oppose probation for Preston primarily because of the victims’ ages, said Assistant District Attorney Keith Henderson.
All three victims agreed with the outcome, he said. Preston was treated the same as if she had been a male teacher having sex with female students, he added.[ed. bold]As an aside, I don't believe that last statement can be supported. Interested-Participant has been chronicling female sex offenders for over six years and empirical evidence gathered thus far strongly suggests the opposite is true.
Nationwide, female sex offenders are generally treated leniently.
Kansas Teacher Guilty in Sex Case - Updated
[Previous 4/7/12 post]
(Olathe, Kansas) This week, former Shawnee Mission West teacher Michelle Preston, 28, pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sexual relations with students.
During her court appearance Thursday, a summary of the evidence against Preston was read, offering shocking details of the encounters.Sentencing is scheduled for June 1.
Preston, who taught psychology and world geography at Shawnee Mission West, was placed on administrative leave in March 2011 when claims that she had an inappropriate relationship with a student were reported. The school board voted in May not to renew her contract.
Kansas Teacher Faces Sex Charges - Updated
[Previous 9/26/11 post]
Shawnee Mission West High School teacher Michelle Preston has been charged with having sex with three students.
Kansas Teacher Faces Problems
[Previous 3/12/11 post]
(Overland Park, Kansas) A 27-year-old psychology and geography teacher at Shawnee Mission West High School, Michelle Preston, has been accused of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Preston was placed on administrative leave by the school district while the alleged misbehavior is investigated by Overland Park Police and assisted by Lenexa Police.
Meanwhile, it has been reported this week that Preston was involved in an automobile accident.
The Miami County Sheriff's Department confirmed that Preston was in a single car accident around 4 p.m. Monday when her car went off an embankment at 247th Street.Preston is reportedly married. She is also the freshman cheerleading coach at Shawnee Mission West.
The police report said her car left the cliff ledge and vaulted into the opposite side embankment of the creek.
She was taken to the hospital via helicopter and her condition is unknown.
Tip: Chuck Simmins