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Former teacher pleads guilty

Dismissed LHS instructor admits having sex with 15-year-old student

July 3, 2007

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Meredith Kane, a former Lawrence High School English teacher, face five to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. She's shown Monday on her way to court.

Meredith Kane, a former Lawrence High School English teacher, face five to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. She's shown Monday on her way to court.

Former LHS teacher faces prison time

A former Lawrence High School teacher faces prison time after she admits having sex with a 15-year-old student. Meredith Kane, 24, entered the plea this afternoon in Douglas County District Court after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case. Enlarge video

A former Lawrence High School English teacher pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

She could face between five and 20 years in prison for having sex with a male student.

During the court appearance Meredith Kane, 24, wiped away tears, admitting to the acts with the 15-year-old.

Prosecutors allege the acts occurred between August 2006 and mid-March. Kane was arrested March 16. The Lawrence school board voted not to renew her contract in May.

"During that time period, I did have sexual intercourse (with the victim) in Douglas County," an emotional Kane told Judge Stephen Six.

Another count of aggravated indecent liberties and two counts of criminal sodomy were dismissed.

"We agreed to take a plea in the matter," said District Attorney Charles Branson. "Simply put, she pled guilty to the most severe charge she could plead to. We're pretty happy being able to get a guilty plea to the primary offense."

The plea also prevented the victim from taking the stand, Branson added.

Kane's attorney, James Rumsey, asked for access to the victim's psychological records. A hearing set for 9 a.m. July 23 will determine whether Rumsey can see those files.

If obtained, the information will have a bearing on what the judge will review before Kane's sentencing, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 12.

Rumsey said he also plans to file a motion asking the judge to consider a lesser sentence. Kane, who has no criminal history, declined comment.

"(The offense) is about as serious as it comes, quite frankly," Branson said. "You've got somebody that's in a position of authority over a child, that's abusing that authority one way or the other. : Because of that authority, we think (they) are especially egregious crimes."

Comments

Dixie Jones 7 years, 8 months ago

What no comments yet / im so ashamed of you all...lol

MJG 7 years, 8 months ago

As discussed yesterday, she's in pretty common company with other pedophile teachers. There are more than you may realize - you search for others in your area or by name: http://www.failingschools.net

Bone777 7 years, 8 months ago

You can definitely tell that the kids (flybynite, guapaloca, myjann2007) are the ones commenting on this thread.

She was soooo nice...Have you guys ever thought she might have just been 'grooming' you for her next sexual exploit...or maybe she already got to you?!?

There are certain occupations that society trusts not to make advances on the young or weak. Teachers are one of those. That is the kind of society we reside in.

You mention that the 'victim' was stalking her and sleeping outside of her house. I heard he was waiting for the flour to do its thing......

Bo_L 7 years, 8 months ago

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cheer67 7 years, 8 months ago

Bo_L, FYI: Not all women are perfect, size 0, super models.

cellogrl 7 years, 8 months ago

Check out the article from yesterday. That's where we all got our thoughts out.

shirinisb 7 years, 8 months ago

her booking picture is amazingly different than her myspace, they don't even look like the same person

spammer89 7 years, 8 months ago

You know why this happened, cause she is just so dang PHAT..... was the kid blind?

oxandale 7 years, 8 months ago

Maybe she should get advice from J. Schreiner.

myjaan2007 7 years, 8 months ago

Wake up people!! Yo people! Do not tell me that the student was not interested in having sex. May be Meredith Kane pleaded guilty out of pressure. The kid and the teacher both should be punished in this case. He had pleasure too. He should have kept it inside his pants. It always takes that thing to start. It would be different if he was tied up. Was he?

This society tries to find temporary solution for the big problems. On this case, the temporary solution was to charge the lady with sexual offense for which she would have to register as a sex offender. One day the kid becomes adult and goes to her and asks her to marry him. Then the truth comes out and we make a movie to make some money. What kind of society do we reside in?

Ms. Kane's lawyer should ask the kid about his motivations too. Did he? Stupid %^$#. Anyway, that' all.

flybynite11 7 years, 8 months ago

I bet it was consential. We heard he was stalking her and sneaking out at night and stuff. sleeping outside her house. She seemed SOOOOO nice, like she wouldnt hurt ANYBODY. And he IS a pretty crazy guy (tho HOT!!!). So I don't know what wuz up. It's sad for her., tho.

oxandale 7 years, 8 months ago

Well, no matter if it was consensual or not, she is the adult in the situation, and knew better than to have sex with 1)a minor 2) a student at her school. if she really wanted a little nookie nookie, she could have easily gotten someone her own age. Worst case scenario...go out to a bar and have a one nighter with someone. The boy also knows the difference between right and wrong...he may not have the maturity level...but he knew that having sex with a teacher couldnt have been a "good thing".

guapaloca 7 years, 8 months ago

flybynite... you're on to something. What you're saying is true. There were stalking/ sleeping outside her house issues from what I know. He also has serious mental issues too. And she IS SOOO nice... and wouldn't hurt anyone intentionally... that's what's so crazy about this whole thing. No one saw it coming.

Dusty 7 years, 8 months ago

Most people look remarkably different from their MySpace pictures. As a musician who sees MySpacers at shows a lot, I can tell you that people are far better at trick photography and Photoshop than any of us know. They fix every flaw and look like completely different people.

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