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Monday, August 27, 2012

English Teacher Brittni Colleps and Her Senior High Orgy Club: A Victimless Crime?

     In the fall of 2010, Brittni Nicole Colleps, a married 28-year-old with three children, started teaching English at Kennedale High School near Arlington, a city located between Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas. She had also been hired to coach the girl's basketball team. Her husband Christopher, serving in the military, was stationed in the area.

     In April 2011, Brittni began sending sexually explicit text messages, including nude photographs of herself, to some of her senior male students. That quickly led to sexual encounters with five 18-year-old boys at her Arlington home. On at least four occasions, the teacher engaged in group sex with three of her students. (Colleps and her husband were so-called "swingers" who participated in group sex with other consenting adults. On her job application, Brittni probably did not list this activity as one of her hobbies. This was Texas, not California. Just kidding.)

     Colleps' extracurricular sex sessions were exposed in May 2011 when a cellphone video recorded by a participant in one of the home orgies came to the attention of school officials. The police were called in, and when a detective with the Arlington Police Department asked Colleps about this, she denied being involved in such activity. However, when confronted with her text messages to these students, she confessed. The high school immediately suspended her, and a short time later, she resigned.

     While it is not a crime in Texas for a 28-year-old woman to have sex with 18-year-old boys, it is an offense for a school teacher to have an "inappropriate" sexual relationship with a student. The text messages did not constitute a crime, but in Texas, the texting would have been sufficient grounds to fire her. A prosecutor in Tarrant County charged Brittni Nicole Colleps with 16 counts under the inappropriate teacher-student sexual relationship statute. These second degree felonies carry sentences of two to twenty years in prison each. Colleps was clearly a serial offender.

     On August 13, 2012, the Colleps student orgy trial got underway in Arlington, Texas. The prosecutor put five of the defendant's student sex partners on the stand. All of the witnesses, while describing how their teacher had lured them into sex, testified that they did not consider themselves victims of sexual abuse. The prosecutor showed the jury portions of the cellphone recorded group sex episode that had ignited the scandal. (Colleps's face was not depicted, but a distinct tattoo on her lower back identified her as the female participant. (What would detectives do today without cellphones and tattoos?)

     The jury, on August 17, after deliberating less than an hour, returned a verdict of guilty on all counts. Colleps' sentence: five years in prison. Following the verdict, Christopher Colleps told reporters that while his wife's extramarital sexual activities had angered him, he was standing by her. He was now serving overseas. (I do not know what arrangements have been made regarding the Colleps three children. They can look forward to some future embarrassment.)

     In recent years, there have been several cases involving female high school teachers who have engaged in sex with male students. These women tended to be immature, overly romantic types (idiots) who fell in love with a single kid who was just too cool to resist. Brittni Colleps, on the other hand, simply enjoyed group sex with young men. I don't see much romance in that. Not being a sexologist, criminologist, or psychologist, I have no idea if the simple love of group sex mitigates the crime, exacerbates it, or makes no difference when it comes to punishment.

     Cases of female teachers having sex with their male students makes we wonder about the caliber of people getting into the teaching field. I can't imagine this kind of thing going on when I was in high school, but who knows? In those days we didn't have cellphones, and women didn't get themselves tattooed. Will Colleps' five year sentence deter other female teachers from this kind of activity? I doubt it other than to make them more leery of cellphones.            


1 comment:

  1. I love reading your blogs... I sometimes find myself laughing out loud at the way you says things... (i.e. this is Texas not California, etc) You remind me of me! Thanks for giving me something interesting to read each day.