Once again, a female teacher is allowed to avoid jail time for a crime that probably would have gotten a male counterpart years in the slammer. This all started last year when cops questioned a teenaged boy and he showed them a video on his cell phone of a woman bent over away from the camera showing a lower back tattoo.
That most likely was Tanya Ramirez, 30, a former teacher at King High School in Texas who was accused of having sex with the 17-year-old student. She was facing 20 years in jail, but by pleading no contest she will receive probation. Interesting that her lawyers were also arguing that the charges should be dropped because of the Supreme Court’s recently ruling on gay marriage.
Yeah, I don’t get that argument either, but sometimes you throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks, right? Here’s more from The Caller Times:
Lawyers for Tanya Ramirez, 30, said Thursday she will likely plead no contest to an offer from prosecutors at the next scheduled hearing on Aug. 19. The lawyers haven’t agreed to the amount of time she will be on probation, defense lawyer Amie Pratt said.
Ramirez is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student last year and faces a second-degree felony punishable by as much as 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She declined to comment to the Caller-Times after a hearing Thursday.
Ramirez’s lawyers argued the charge is unconstitutional because the student she is accused of having sex with was legally an adult and was not her student at the time.
The Supreme Court’s recent decision that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional further supports their arguments, Ramirez’s lawyers argued. State District 28th Judge Nanette Hasette disagreed and on Tuesday denied their motion to dismiss. Pratt said she and defense lawyer Christopher Gale plan to appeal the decision.
Ramirez turned herself in to the Nueces County Jail last year after the student gave authorities a cellphone recording. The video shows a woman bent over, facing away from the camera, according to the affidavit. A tattoo, about 8 inches long, is visible on her lower back.