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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Devil Didn't Make Him Do It...

It was Asperger's!

For the whole story, click-> From the Fox Dallas-Fort Worth News:

"...a former substitute teacher for the Plano School District was on trial Wednesday accused of sexual performance of a child and sexual assault of a child.

His lawyer, John Hardin, said Pearce admitted to taking sexually explicit photos of the 15-year-old girl while working as a substitute teacher at Willams High School.

"Clearly the pictures were taken, but the act of sexual contact we adamantly deny ," Hardin said.

Hardin said Pearce took the pictures because he has Asperger's Syndrome, which affects his social behavior.


I don't really care what this guy's real problem is, he doesn't belong around kids. Starting with this case, I predict a slew of "Asperger defense" strategies in future court cases.

DallasNews UPDATE!!
...A Collin County jury late Tuesday sentenced a former substitute teacher in Plano and Richardson schools to 15 years in prison for taking nude photographs of a 15-year-old student.

...Mr. Pearce – grandson of the late Richardson ISD Superintendent J.J. Pearce, after whom a high school is named – showed no reaction as the sentence was read.

...Mr. Pearce's mother, Linda Pearce, cried throughout her testimony on her son's behalf Tuesday.

"He needs help, and I should have given it to him," she said.

Mr. Pearce's defense attorney argued during the trial that his client had Asperger's syndrome, an autism disorder that affected his ability to read social cues. But Mr. Allen said that Mr. Pearce was an irresponsible teacher who endangered his students.


Evidentially, the jury didn't buy this guys lame defense.


DrPezz said...

Does it ever just bother you that the only publicized educational articles in the news are negative? Where are the positives?

The MAN Fan Club said...

Shielded by a disability.

The Vegas Art Guy said...

Has anyone blamed Bush for this yet?

Oh, and I'll be adding you to my blog roll. Not sure which section yet, either general blogs or political ones, but you're next to be added.

Darren said...

I wonder how he was able to take nude pictures of her.