Former tutor sentenced to 8 to 25 years in prison

I wrote in November about Abigail Simon. Simon raped her 15-year-old student over the course of several weeks. While Simon admitted that the sex took place, she and her attorney claimed that the victim was the real rapist. They claimed this because the boy is a 220-pound, 6’3″ football player.

The jury did not agree with that claim and convicted Simon of three counts of criminal sexual conduct. In a surprising move, Judge Paul Sullivan also decided to take a stern approach and sentenced Simon to eight to 25 years in prison. However, the judge was not entirely unsympathetic toward Simon:

The judge said that while Simon is not a predator and isn’t likely to re-offend, she knew it was wrong and had every chance to end the relationship. The judge also said the victim had some “culpability,” because he also knew it was wrong. Under state law, the victim was too young to consent to sex.

He also stated:

“The embarrassing things that came out in a very public trial are an embarrassment, frankly, to both people,” Sullivan said, noting the victim’s family has been depicted in “a negative light,” in the community.

Simon did not take the decision well:

Simon pleaded for mercy during her hearing and tearfully gave a ten minute statement, still expressing the belief that she was a victim.

‘I’m asking you to take a chance on me,’ begged Simon.

‘I’m lost and I’m broken,’ she said expressing that she was tired and that she wanted to go home.

‘I was overtaken by fear, scared and lost, felt like I was drowning,’ she told the judge with a look of desperation.

‘I’m sorry I was not strong enough to get away from him.’

Twice the deputies helped Simon as she, according to reports, “almost passed out” while the judge sentenced her.

Some people find the sentence harsh. I do not, and I will explain why.

First, the prosecutors offered Simon a plea deal for second-degree criminal sexual conduct. That charge carries a 15-year maximum sentence, but the prosecutors were willing to give Simon a one-year cap. She turned them down. The prosecutors later offered her another deal for a five to 23-month sentence if she plead guilty to accosting a child for immoral purposes and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration that Simon also turned down because she did not think she did anything wrong.

Second, Simon spent the trial painting herself as the victim, using her manipulation of her victim and his naivete to argue that the boy was the aggressor. It was a disgusting display of victim blaming.

Finally, Simon does not seem the least bit remorseful for her actions. She is solely concerned about herself and continues to blame the boy even after the jury clearly did not buy her story.

Simon deserves the sentence she received. It is not like she will serve the full 25 years. It is more likely that she will be out in less than five years for good behavior. I think that is a fair sentence for her crimes.

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10 thoughts on “Former tutor sentenced to 8 to 25 years in prison

  1. “I’m sorry I was not strong enough to get away from him.”

    What the hell…? It took place over a course of weeks, not a single instance. There’s no way she could’ve been the victim here.

  2. Calling somebody you raped, a rapist & a judge actually offerring leniency instead of being outraged at her behaviour, only a woman gets the soft velvet glove …

  3. “The judge also said the victim had some “culpability,” because he also knew it was wrong. Under state law, the victim was too young to consent to sex.”

    The underage victim is expected to take responsibility for the actions of the adult. HE should prevent her, somehow, from making a mistake.

  4. The underage victim is expected to take responsibility for the actions of the adult. HE should prevent her, somehow, from making a mistake.

    I took it to mean that the boy knew that he was legally incapable of consenting to sex, therefore he should not have consented.

  5. “I’m sorry I was not strong enough to get away from him.” Who the hell does she think she is? That reminds me of when my therapist told me about a young woman who he worked with, who was raped on the way to school, and the rapist blamed her for wearing a school uniform, to which my therapist pointed out ‘What were you supposed to wear? You were on your way to school!’

    So basically, same level as that. Disgusting but not surprising, since rapists commonly shift the blame on to their victims should they get a chance.

  6. @Toysoldier this is a clear indication of why child abuse should never be classed as rape

    If there is no clear case of trauma or injury, she or he should just be charged for breaking the law by having sex with a child under the age of law

    Then again its all about feeding the hysteria of the feminist misandrist, male hating industrial complex

    Sentencing a person to 8-12 years, with no trauma or injury or damage, is a massive injustice & a horrendous civil rights violation

  7. rmaxgenactivepua, I suspect the boy suffered emotional trauma that would justify a long sentence that 8 to 12 years. However, I do not think five life terms is necessary, even if the intent is to keep her locked in prison until she dies.

  8. @TS
    I agree, but you just made my point, suspicion is not enough, there has to be clear evidence of trauma

    Considering the blatant lack of evidence of injury to the boy, this sentence is a major & brutal human & civil rights violation of her liberties

    The judge needs to sue’d & tried for major civil rights violations & charged with inhumane torture, & jailed for life for perverting the course of justice

  9. Considering the blatant lack of evidence of injury to the boy, this sentence is a major & brutal human & civil rights violation of her liberties

    There is not necessarily a lack of evidence. It is could be that it was not reported in the news. Media outlets typically do not reveal all or most of the details of a trial. We should be careful about assuming the particulars of a case we have little information about.

    The judge needs to sue’d & tried for major civil rights violations & charged with inhumane torture, & jailed for life for perverting the course of justice

    We should punish a judge who sentenced someone to life in prison, which we are to consider inhumane torture and a major civil rights violation, by sentencing him to life in prison?

  10. 8-25 years in prison for a first offender convicted of a nonviolent and victimless and malum prohibitum “crime” in which the “victim” enjoyed the actus reus (i.e., the sex) ffar more than his “victimizer” and initially confessed to being the aggressor who forced himself on his teacher; 8-25 years in prison in a country in which, during the 1990s, the average time-served for murder was less than 6-years and the average time-served for all violent crimes (aggravated assault, robbery, rape, homicide) was approximately 4-years! 8-25 years in prison, years of “sex-offender treatment” (to cure her of what exactly?), years of post-incarceration quasi-totalitarian supervision, and registration for life as a uniquely deviant and dangerous criminal -all this for sex-acts that are legal in dozens of other nations, including European countries, In Mexico the age of consent is 12.

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