Teen Sex Abusers May Not See Wrongfulness Of Actions


The Tennessee ex-teacher who could go to prison over Internet postings about a former student – a teen with whom she was convicted of having sex – may not see anything wrong with her relationship with the boy, a local psychologist who treats sex offenders told The Tennessean. Pamela Rogers, 28, gained international attention and had to give up her teaching career last year when she pleaded no contest to having sex with a 13-year-old former student. Released from jail early two months ago, she faces up to seven years in prison after being charged with posting messages to and about the boy on her MySpace.com Web site.

Older women who get involved with teenage boys often “see the relationship with the teen as a romantic relationship, rather than abusive,” said Donna Moore, who oversees a sex offender program for Centerstone, a nonprofit community mental health service. “Often (female offenders) describe the teens as soulmates,” Moore said. “It often takes six months to a year (of counseling) before sex offenders appreciate the wrongfulness of their actions.” Rogers pleaded no contest to four counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and served six months of an eight-year sentence. She was released in February for good behavior and had been living in her hometown of Clarkrange, where her father is a legendary high school basketball coach. She was arrested Tuesday and charged with violating the terms of her probation through her Internet activity.

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