Yes He Really Got 90 Days With Work Release
The biggest reaction I received to this story last week can be summed up in two words: "You're kidding".
Eric Glass is the 29-year-old Germantown High School teacher who had sex on multiple occasions with a 17-year-old student last April. After originally being charged with two counts of sexual assault by school staff, Glass entered into a plea bargain that substantially reduced his exposure.
In an arrangement that apparently had the blessing of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, Glass was sentenced to 90 days in jail with work-release privileges. He will also not be required to register as a sex offender.
The Circuit Court Judge in this case has been involved in his share of controversies over the years. However, it's tough to rip him since everybody involved seems to be on board with this resolution. If that's the case though, you have to wonder what it says about our community standards?
It's no secret that I have issues with laws that treat a 17-year-old boy who has sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend as a sexual predator. Still, this is not a 17-year-old boy. It's a 29-year-old man who also happened to be a teacher!
It has been suggested that the involvement of the young woman was "consensual" and that this should serve as a mitigating factor. Did I mention that this was a 29-year-old man who happened to be a teacher?
According to his attorney, Glass will resign from his teaching position and go "into a different line of work". You think?
The bottom line is that the sentences that are handed out by the courts for criminal behavior are intended reflect the standards of the community as to what is acceptable. When it comes to teachers having sex with students, I guess we've set the bar pretty low.
So, yes, he got 90 days with work-release privileges and no, I'm not kidding.
As an aside, let's remember this case if and when some of the people charged with wrongdoing in the ongoing, seemingly never-ending John Doe probe of Scott Walker aides get convicted and/or sentenced.