Lady Justice sometimes requires patience in her work. A year after her arrest, and ten years after her crime, Saratoga Springs, New York, former elementary school teacher, Elizabeth Barthelmas, now 49, pleaded guilty to carrying on a sexual relationship with a former elementary school student of hers, who was 13 at the time of the illicit activity, a.k.a., rape.
The precise nature of the sexual relationship with the student, whose gender has not been identified, has not been made clear. Other than during the 2007-2008 school year, Barthelmas, an elementary school teacher at the Dorothy Nolan Elementary school in Saratoga Springs, engaged in sexual activities with a former student at her home over the course of multiple occasions. According to Barthelmas’ attorney, his client cooperated fully with the investigation and has felt horrible about the incidents since the time they occurred. Though not so horrible that she turned herself in during the ensuing ten years.
It’s unclear what led police to open the case against Barthelmas after a decade post-crime, but it’s believed a tip came in from somebody other than Barthelmas herself. Likely meaning the victim themselves or somebody they told finally went to the cops, as they ought, since Barthelmas continued to be a teacher long after these sex crimes.
Barthelmas faces sentencing in a couple months, facing 10 to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors are assuring the public that Barthelmas will be prosecuted fully under law regardless of her gender. Just a little note from the prosecutor to let you know that that’s not always the case.