UPDATE: Elementary School Teacher, Elizabeth Barthelmas, Receives 15 Year Prison Sentence for Student Rape
Busted in the summer of 2017 for having had a sexual relationship with her former elementary school student, then 13, Elizabeth Barthelmas, 49, was sentenced to fifteen year behind bars in Saratoga Springs, New York following her guilty plea to first degree rape this past July.
Barthelmas was arrested last year following an investigation that began with tips likely emanating from the boy himself who was formerly a student at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Saratoga Springs where Barthelmas taught since 2005. This case is unique not only in the arrest of a nearly fifty-year old elementary school teacher for humping the young hell out of an early teen boy, but also in the outcome of the trial — a harsh fifteen year prison sentence for a female offender.
During the sentencing hearing, the male victim in the case spoke to the need for gender equality in prison terms for these teacher sex cases:
“You took away one of the most important aspects of my life — my innocence. You took full advantage of my body and my brain. It’s sickening. We need to hold female perpetrators to the same standards as males. No man or woman should have to endure sexual abuse at any age. I hope my story will encourage other victims to share theirs. I will prove that good may come from evil. I’m a survivor.”
Pretty heady stuff. In the least, the fact that female perps in these cases seem to get much lighter punishments seems to be particularly relevant. Though in this case you can surely attest that Ms. Barthelmas got hit with the full tamale of Lady Justice. Full sexual assault sentencing.
I’m not sure how prison justice goes for female sex offenders in female prison, but I assume some of the gals inside have or had 13-year old boys and won’t be pleased.