This is a really sad situation:
On Friday, the Davis County Attorney’s Office filed first-degree felony charges of rape and sodomy on a child against Linda R. Nef, 46, and Valynne Bowers, 39.
Nef, a Utah studies teacher and cheerleading adviser, and Bowers, who teaches math, each confessed to having sex with the student, said Bountiful Police Lt. Randy Pickett. Until recently, the two teachers did not know about each other’s relationship with the same boy, Pickett said.
The charges were filed after Nef arranged a meeting with police on Thursday and admitted having sex with the boy for more than a year, Pickett said. Their sexual relationship allegedly began in October 2007 and lasted until December 2008, he said.
During the meeting, Nef revealed Bowers’ relationship with the boy, Pickett said. Bowers allegedly began having sex with him in December, and she also has acknowledged the relationship, he said.
Nef was booked into the Davis County Jail on Friday afternoon and has her first court appearance scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 27.
Bowers also was arrested and booked into the jail on Friday, Pickett said. She later appeared in court, where she waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was ordered to stand trial. A felony arraignment in her case is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 16.
As previously stated, this is a sad situation because it demonstrates what frequently happens to many abused children, particularly boys. It is not uncommon for boys be to victimized by two separate people who are unaware of the other person’s abusive behavior. It also shows that it is not uncommon for women to rape children as people are inclined to think. Likewise, it is a clear demonstration that despite all the wishful thinking, female predators engage in the same behavior as male predators.
Here are two women who preyed on a boy most likely because he was vulnerable and sought out their help. They violated his trust and groomed him. What is more disturbing is that they did eventually become aware of each other, yet kept abusing the boy. That may explain the first-degree rape and sodomy charges. There may be more to what these women did collectively to the boy than what has been reported. It is worth noting that one woman gave the other up once she had been caught. It gives credence to the adage “No honor among thieves.”
Hopefully the women will not be allowed to plead down to lesser charges and get away with a slap on the wrist.