Sunday, April 5, 2015

Judge Gives Teacher Who Had Sex With Student 30 Days, Calls Her 'Dangling Candy'

A Pennsylvania wife and former teacher was referred to as "dangling candy" by the judge who gave her just 30 days for the statutory rape of a teen.



Erica Ann Ginnetti, 35, was arrested in January in Lower Moreland after police were tipped off when the victim showed photos and videos of the woman to his classmates. According to court records, the photos included images of Ginnetti in a bikini, and others in just her underwear or thong. A video sent to the teen showed her undressing in a "sexually charged manner."



The teacher and student were in frequent contact in July 2013, after the two had sex in her car parked at an industrial park.



Ginnetti pleaded guilty last year to sexual assault and disseminating sexually explicit materials. The maximum sentence for the two crimes was seven to 14 years behind bars, Philly.com reports. Instead, Judge Garrett D. Page gave the woman just 30 days of jail time. Ginnetti will also have to register as a sex offender.





Ginnetti seen dancing at a Lower Moreland High School function.





At her sentencing hearing last Friday, Ginnetti cried in court while reading a letter of apology. The judge then compared explicit photos of the woman to "dangling candy" in front of her victim, the Bucks County Courier Time reports.



“What young man would not jump on that candy?” Page said.



Ginnetti now works at a gym as a fitness instructor. She said in court that she regularly volunteers at her church, and is rebuilding her relationship with her husband and three children.



"I don't believe you're a bad human being," Page told Ginnetti. "You did a bad act. So I have to punish you."



Assistant District Attorney Sophia Polites said the teen's grades dropped significantly following the statutory rape, and that even today he has trouble in social interactions.



"He had a point in his life that was dark," Polites said.







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