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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Galeton teacher gets five month jail sentence

Galeton teacher gets five month jail sentence

By Rebecca Hazen
Potter Leader-Enterprise

Kimberly Smith received five months incarceration, plus 30 months probation and parole during her sentencing on Wednesday, August 7, on charges that she allegedly had sexual contact with two juvenile students at Galeton High School, where she was a teacher. 

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24 comments :

Chester's are Murderer's said...

Prime Example that Chester's in Potter County always prevail. There is no bias here this is a typical sentence for someone who sexually endangers a child in Potter County. Welcome to Gods Country, "Land of touching your children".....

Anonymous said...

she is a sexual predator and should have been tried and sentenced as one. especially as a professional that children are suppposed to emulate so much for our judicial system

Anonymous said...

This is so stupid! Only 5 months for sexual contact with two minors? What the hell is this world coming too?

Anonymous said...

I am so tired of woman pedefiles getting a lighter sentence. If this was a male teacher, they would have sent him down the river! Will she be listed as a sex offender on Megan's law? This is absolutely disgusting! Sexual abuse against a male is no different than against a female. What message are we sending ?

Anonymous said...

You people are so full of it. I'm not defeding her actions, but what I am going to defend is sane law practices. (something we used to call justice)

These were two 17 year old boys.

When I was 17 I signed up for war. I not only drank beer but knew my favorite kind. And girls, well they were no stranger to me.

If these kids had committed any crime without the teacher involved they'd probably be tried as adults.

This lady should lose her job and get a black mark that keeps her from teaching. That's about it.

Felonies? Jail time? Hilarious.

What she did was wrong. Everyone can see that. But these weren't 11 year old children, no matter how much "Dawn, the mother of one of the victims" wishes to believe her little boy is still a little boy.

And by the way, you wonder why our young adults all act like children? It's because you insist on treating them like they are well into adulthood.

They were young men that knew damn well what they were doing. I don't care what sob story they told later.

You know that because she's not charged with assault, because she didn't assault them. She's charged with "contact" for simply allowing it to happen.

And DA Watson, you sir are an ass in a hat and you know it. The "tough on crime" speel you gave in the Potter Leader is a joke. You're a politician through and through.

Anonymous said...

There was no evidence, all was here say. How can that work in a courtroom?

Anonymous said...

This DA is a joke!!!! Potter County the land of the insane criminal Justice system. Mess with a kid get out of jail free. Smoke a joint do 2 to 5 I hate Potter County. Get rid of this DA!!

Anonymous said...

@ 8:39......justice would be following the law. We all know what we did at 17 and we know they probably enjoyed it, just like we did, but the law says "under 18 is considered a minor". IT should be a felony, jail time, loss of job AND registered as a sex offender. She got off easy. No pun intended.

Anonymous said...

You liberals want birth control handed out in school. You want the consent age lowered to 11 to 13 years old. Free abortions without parental consent for under 18. So why bitch about a 17 year old doing what 17 year old's do?

Anonymous said...

THERE IS NO (justice) IN POTTER COUNTY IT'S ALL A CONFLICT EVERY ONE KNOWS EVERY ONE OR RELATIVE

PEOPLE EVEN ON THE JURY KNOWS EVERYONE OR RELATIVE AS WELL

AND TALKS ABOUT EVERY ONE CASE

NO JUSTICE IN POTTER COUNTY

Anonymous said...

First off whoever made the comment "there wasn't any evidence" when ACTUALLY there is 12 YEARS of evidence against this woman & several people willing to testify against her for it, so 5 months is nothing compared to what she deserves! This Is truely a heartbreaking situation for her children, family & everyone else involved! I just wish she would have thought about how much she was going to hurt eveyone by her actions! Its sad that a grown woman can't own up to her mistakes and take resposibility, especially being a teacher because isnt that we are trying to teach our children??

Anonymous said...

5 months and don't even have to register as a sex offender. This punishment will surely deter future child molesters. Sick bitch should rot in jail...

Anonymous said...

These were two 17 year old boys.... Got together and came up with a story to get back at their teacher. All alleged statements, no proof, all hearsay. She has not been proven guilty. You can not convince me that this happened!!! 17 year old boys... Wow what they do these days. In my mind Kimbery is the victim here. Potter County sure needs a new DA and Judge. They seem to make their own legal rules and procedures. How can that be??? I know Kim, her high standards, integrity, community involvement, and support her completely.

Anonymous said...

Andy Watson leaves a lot to be desired you red necks in potter County deserve him.

Anonymous said...

Andy Watson is who he is a (happy man)that know the truth people

Anonymous said...

High integrity & standards? If I remember correctly she married a student what 1 year after he graduated? I think anyone who has gone to Galeton school knows exactly what kind of teacher she was. All I can say is the better judge will have His day to judge her actions.

Anonymous said...

males have to register so where is equal treatment and no dna taken


Anonymous said...

dope dealers and buying booze for minors is murder also but nothing there said huh

Anonymous said...

These are 17 yr old boys I do not know a 17 that hasn't had it and they don't care who it is or their age.I think this was a 50-50 deal. They sure wouldn't turn it down. From what I have been hearing 11 yr old are doing it

Mrs.Vandernick said...

Let me just say that she is NOT the first teacher in that district to have done something like this. While I am glad to see that at least something was done about this, I honestly believe this never would have happened if there had not been a blind eye to all of the others that did this, and even worse. If someone had put their foot down YEARS ago then the other teachers who have been guilty since never would have done it or gotten away with it. Hopefully this will be the end of the bad behavior...

Anonymous said...

The "headline" fail to mention the 11 and a half months of house arrest/electronic monitoring that was also sentenced to come after the jail time.

Anonymous said...

It's he said she said!!!! All hear say. No actual proof. Stories from the boys keep changing over the last year. Two 17 year old males (one I heard is currently in jail????). I trust and support the teacher. Continue to be strong Kimbery.

Anonymous said...

It's the IN thing now. What about all the goverment people that says it's all right???? Clinton to Wenner. Are they in jail or house arrest????? There are very few of are goverment state and federal that have not did porn cheated sent nude pictures etc. The USA says its OK. They are suppose to be our teachers?????

Anonymous said...

well I have to say that since she has been doing this kind of thing since 1999 and that this how she ended up marrying her current husband that there needed to be and END to it. It doesn't matter that the boys were 17 she should have never GIVEN them the opportunity to say yes or no she had a CODE OF ETHICS to follow and the only she followed were teenage boys so she could get her jollies cause apparently OLDER MEN don't do it for her. Whats funny is that the family even tried to bribe the chief of police to drop the charges...REALLY why would they do that if she didn't have naything to hide, why are her and her husband going to councling for her PROBLEM people get real it doesn't matter how old the boys were what does matter is she is a teacher who is suppose to help these kids. Would you sleep with your kids friends while they were 17? think about it that way she is married with children of her own! She disgusts me to know end just like any other teacher that takes advantage of their students