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He described the pain he felt after his parents’ divorce; she told him her marriage was a mistake.
When the student returned home, he told his mother he had a “new best friend.” Pontbriand initiated sex with the boy soon after on a private trip approved by his mother to help him with his problems; it was the ﬁrst of some 300 sexual liaisons that took place on school trips, private getaways, at his home and her home.
The entrenched belief that men are propelled by lust, women by emotional need, shadowed Ralph’s case, as it does others involving female teachers.
A psychiatrist for Ralph’s defence reported the former teacher suffered from “teacher-lover” syndrome, a clinical term dating to the late 1980s to describe teachers, usually female, who believe they’re in a consensual romantic relationship with students.
“But in cases where a female had sex with a minor boy, there have been many examples of judges saying, ‘Where’s the harm here?
He bragged to his friends about it, how could he be hurt?
Female teachers who sexually exploit students, usually male, is one of three known categories of female sexual offender, Cortoni says.
(Others are women who sexually abuse a child or teenager with another adult, often a partner, and women who abuse young children, usually under their care.) Female sexual offenders have always existed but have not been studied until recently, says Cortoni, the co-editor of , published in 2010.
We’re just beginning to understand sexual abuse by female teachers and its consequences, says Shoop, who calls it “abhorrent behaviour that’s epidemic.” People don’t appreciate how frequently it occurs, he says: “The conversation is probably where the abuse of children by priests was 10 years ago.” The sensationalized template for the female-teacher-and-male-student relationship remains mired in the decades-old spectacle of California teacher Mary Kay Le Tourneau, a married 34-year-old mother of four who was jailed in 1997 for second-degree rape of her 12-year-old student, Vili Fualaau.
Le Tourneau was reincarcerated after breaking probation; police found her having sex with Fualaau in her car.
He went to police in 2007 after being expelled; later he claimed the relationship left him depressed and suicidal.