Over the years, we’ve seen unfortunate cases of teacher sex scandals with teenagers or other underage students. While all of these stories are disgusting and have a number of different details, one recent incident is getting attention because the teacher, named Dori Myers, is already back in the classroom after she gave oral sex to a 14-year-old.
The teacher, who also happens to be married, is a 29-year-old from the Bronx, New York, and admitted to giving oral sex on the teenager on “multiple occasions and in multiple locations.” Although the teacher told authorities about her past sexual conquests with the 14-year-old boy, Dori Myers won’t be facing any prison time or be forced to forfeit her teacher’s license, instead just requiring her to register as a sex offender and complete 10 years of probation.
According to the New York Post, prosecuting attorneys presented their case to Judge Michael Orbus, hoping that his honor would require Myers to serve two years in prison and surrender the aforementioned New York state teaching certificate. Even with the admission of guilt, Orbus declared neither was necessary, instead handing out the aforementioned punishments.
Dori Myers’ defense attorney, Andrew Stoll, did mention that the teacher sex scandal hasn’t completely left Dori Myers unscathed, of course, saying that the 29-year-old educator “won’t be working for” the city Department of Education. Still, that’s a far cry from the sentence many would have expected the teacher to receive given the crime she committed. Here’s what Stoll had to say, per UNILAD:
There is a possibility that she could teach adults now or in the future and we want to preserve that possibility.
She still is a talented teacher and has those skills, and I don’t see any reason to destroy her ability to make a living and to contribute to society in a positive way.
In response to Stoll’s request, Judge Orbus replied with this: “This would be a matter that any licensing agency will be able to consider, if they choose to do that, and of course any employer. I just want to make the record clear that Ms. Myers is aware that she must register as a sex offender.”
Even with Dori Myers admitting guilt, her attorney still had the gall to claim that the sex offender was “a model citizen who looks forward to clearing her name.” There’s just something about reading that that should make people upset, as the teacher was found to be sexually active with a 14-year-old who is more than half her age. Add in the fact that Myers is married, too, and this is even more disgusting.
A school is supposed to be a safe haven for kids to go to and not feel threatened or persuaded to partake in sexual conquests by teachers. Furthermore, teachers are meant to serve as mentors and leaders in and out of the classroom, carrying themselves in the highest standard with the best interest for the students in mind. That Dory Myers failed to do that — and isn’t serving a single second in prison — is more than sickening.