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: Continue reading

Former tutor claims student abused her

Abigail Simon faces four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against her former student. She is accused on engaging in repeated sexual acts with the 15-year-old boy. However, Simon claims that she is the actual victim:

In testimony punctuated with weeping, Simon said the teen within a matter of weeks in the spring of 2013 used physical intimidation, psychological manipulation and rape to control every aspect of her life – even to the point that she did what he wanted when she was on the other side of the country.

“My thoughts, my life, were consumed with making (the teen) happy,” she said. “It was bizarre.”

It gets more bizarre:

Simon was questioned all day by her attorney, describing events from the beginning of their relationship that started with him slapping her after accusing her of spending too much time with other students she was tutoring.

She wept as she explained how the boy managed to get her to take him to restaurants, drive him to Chicago and South Bend and let him into her apartment all using threats against her and himself.

Two things come to mind. One, this is the case that should have prompted Joanna Schroeder’s ire about double standards against male victims. What man could take the stand and claim that his 15-year-old female victim controlled his life and expect anyone to take such a claim serious? Continue reading