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Ex-Teacher Pleads Guilty

Bennett Admits She Exchanged Explicit Materials With Student

May 17, 2013

WHEELING — Former Wheeling Middle School teacher Jennifer Bennett today admitted to exchanging sexually explicit cell phone pictures with a former student....

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May-20-13 10:10 AM


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May-20-13 8:36 AM

He said she said!

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May-18-13 11:42 PM

It sure is seeming more that way. Are they not saying to protect her, or was she coerced into admission?

So much of what is printed is not even worth reading. Its like Seinfeld-about nothing. Headlines-followed by vague details. They make it sound like there is proof, then, not so much. Just the facts please. And yes, the grant money is always a motivating factor unfortunately. Potential for good, often in the hands of greedy. Not saying that is case here-but it happens

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May-18-13 10:11 AM

If she was a few years younger and a few pounds lighter and I was a middle school kid.....well, let's just say that I wouldn't have turned her in?

I weep for this country when we no longer have red blooded males who want to boff their hot teacher...

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May-18-13 8:51 AM

Maybe people should realize that the State Police and Prosecuting Attorney's office get grants from VOCA to convict sex offenders and if they do not convict, they lose funding. It has been profitable for both to put innocent people in jail for things they did not do. GUILTY until proven innocent! The public defender lawyers are also getting a part of the action. The judges are not any better. Hands out for the trickle down effect and down you go. And they wonder why our jails are crowded???

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May-18-13 8:32 AM are so right...our criminal justice system has gone astray of common sense and "innocent until proven guilty" no longer exists. There is way too much money tied to the entire system..from attorneys to's arrest and jail out the details later...especially in Wheeling. Good citizens....stand up for freedom and true justice....not this capitalistic justice we have now...with prosecutors chasing grants.. justice becomes skewed and arrests directly tied to where the money is.

May justice be truly just.

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May-18-13 2:13 AM

"admitted as much"-I would be interested in having that clarified. First-no evidence was recovered. Next-they boy makes statements, Last "she admitted as much"

Initial=until boy made statements of such, which is not proof. Someone putting pressure on this kid to make these statements? Do you know that she could have had sex with him and that would be less of a crime? Twisted system we have.

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May-17-13 5:33 PM

Yea valleyparent, the naked pictures of her on the kids phone would then disappear. You are an idiot. She likely would be facing big federal time had she not cooperated.

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May-17-13 2:41 PM

Don't know. She may be guilty. Her union is not protecting her'Why? Or isit all said & done????

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May-17-13 2:21 PM

@valley. You sound disappointed. Poor woman. Justice denied because she admitted her criminal relationship with a child. As a valley parent, one would think you would be happier that a predator is off of the streets, but no.

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May-17-13 1:02 PM

I think the key in that sentence is "initial". The rest of the story reads "but in February 2012, the boy told State Police he and Bennett had been exchanging cell phone pictures of their genitals. Bennett also admitted as much during an interview with investigators. She resigned her teaching position that same month." And that is why you never confess!

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May-17-13 12:06 PM

"No criminal evidence was discovered during the initial months of the investigation,"

Get a new lawyer!

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