Patch Poll: Is 186 Years in Prison Fair for Teacher Accused of Sex with 16-Year-Old Former Student?

Does the punishment fit the alleged crime?

In April, a Wisconsin teacher was , who now lives in Marion. The male student, now 17, was 16 at the time the alleged affair began.

Last week, Marion police said that while at least one of the encounters occurred in Iowa, . However, in Wisconsin, where much of the alleged relationship took place, Shannon Cardinal, 43, of Oakfield, WI, could face 186 years in prison if convicted of having sex with the boy.

So, what do you think? Does 186 years in prison fit the alleged crime?

Tell us your answers in this poll. And we'd love to hear your reasoning in the comments section. 

renee May 21, 2012 at 06:21 AM
I believe that's to much time u give murders that much time which u only give them 25 yrs yes wht she did was wrong but 186 yrs is way to much time be reasonable people..
Lady August 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Any type of sexual assault is the easiest crime to prosecute these days; they are pursued with vengeance, more than the Salem witches were. States know that this type of crime is the easiest to convict because even though the perpetrator will plead NOT guilty, the states hurl massive counts against them not to mention years upon years of prison if convicted. So, since the perpetrator will not risk a trial by jury due to the media already having scared the public into mass hysteria, it now is a matter of the DA and the defense to come up with a plea deal which will still result in either jail or prison along with years of probation/parole. The reason states like to go after these type of cases is, they are a huge money maker to the states, they keep people employed, from the cop that arrested the person, all the way up to Department of Corrections, and everything in between, probation officers, assistant to file papers, service to provide food to facility, and it is all paid by you and me the taxpayer, while they collect some great benefits and makes twice elected Scotty look good for providing jobs in the state of Wisconsin. It is a crime what we as taxpayers allow this type of spending. Time to get involved, here are a few sites that might open your eyes in Wisconsin . . . .http://www.wisconsinreform.org - OR - to find your state go to . . . http://www.reformsexoffenderlaws.org - please get involved
Lady August 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM
And more facts are when the person is released from prison, they are not allowed to go home, they must go to the county of conviction to homes that are run by Lutheran Social Services, commonly referred to as, TLP (transitional living place), so they can adjust to being out and the maybe they will get a transfer back to their home, if the home is in a different county compared to where the crime was committed. And the receiving county does NOT have to accept this offender, so the offender has to go with out the love and support of family in their home or community, and live as directed by the PO agent until they get a job, and who hires there sex offender, a whole new subject, no one hires them! And does this all make sense? The state has such a wonderful web site, “The Reentry Director coordinates the agency's efforts to improve community safety by improving the process for the return of inmates to the community after they have completed their prison sentence. !!! Time to get involved, here are a few sites that might open your eyes in Wisconsin . . . .http://www.wisconsinreform.org - OR - to find your state go to . . . http://www.reformsexoffenderlaws.org - please get involved
Lady August 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The Reentry Director oversees the Department's Reentry Initiative, promoting offender accountability and success from prison admission through release and supervision into the community.” This site is temporarily going through some changes, the person that use to be there must not have contributed enough $$ to Scotty’s campaign and is now in the process of looking for a new job, remember state jobs are not given to what you know but “who” you know!! Lots of hard earned taxpayer up the . . . bend over tax payer!! Now don’t get me wrong, I want to live in a place that is safe, but way to many of these assault cases are consensual or sex with a 17 or 18 year old. When it comes to murder, the 17 year old is treated as an adult and put away for life, but suddenly with sex, that same 17 year old is like a 2 year old! JOBS, jobs, jobs, is the only thing this witch hunt is and we are no safer nor are we in danger of being raped, mirrors and smoking guns is what most of these sexual assault cases are and injustice to the public who think they are somehow safe. Time to get involved, here are a few sites that might open your eyes in Wisconsin . . . .http://www.wisconsinreform.org - OR - to find your state go to . . http://www.reformsexoffenderlaws.org - please get involved, here really is an injustice being done to those that did the crime and before all these “Salem Witch jobs” were put into place and pass on any information you think might be pertinent.
Lady August 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The SOSEN (Sex Offender Solutions and Education Network) Organization operates a hotline which has been operational for a few years. As one of our collaboration initiatives RSOL and W.A.R. will begin assisting with coverage and expenses. The calls are routed from the 800 number to the person responsible for phone coverage at that time. You will have a script and some guidelines to help you determine what we can and can't do to help them. For example, they will get a recorded disclaimer stating we are not attorneys, etc before the call is routed to the volunteer. So, if you have additional questions or feel this is something you would like to do please contact me with a day of the week and times you would be available. More volunteers would allow us to have more live call time and that is our ultimate goal....to have a real person on the other end of the call as much as possible. And remember, W.A.R. needs everybody doing something! Also, don't forget to go back in and change your registration to a "membership" status before midnight on August 16th as that is when we will do the conversion. You can choose Paypal or have it create an invoice so you can send a check or money order for the $25. For those who have already upgraded your status we say a big Thank You. Someone asked early on about an option to do incremental payments and we have that available to you. Vicki Henry Women Against Registry, Director 202-630-0345


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