Friday, August 05, 2005

Teacher Gets 8 Years for Sex With 13 Year Old Student

FORT WORTH – During his second day on the stand, a 14-year-old Colleyville boy offered more details about his sexual encounters with his teacher, whom he described as "slutty." The boy also testified that he did not provide full information to investigators.

Dawn Reiser, 30, a former seventh-grade teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine, is on trial for aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.



Prosecutors said Ms. Reiser had sex with the boy in June 2004.

Ms. Reiser took copious notes throughout the testimony of her former student, barely exchanging glances with him. Her attorney, Sam Cammack, says the allegations are the fantasies of a pubescent boy who had fallen for his teacher.

The boy, who was 13 at the time of the alleged assault, denied having a crush on his teacher.

"She said she liked me," he testified at Criminal District Court No. 2 in Fort Worth. The boy conceded that he did not tell police all the details about the affair. "It was very uncomfortable talking to them," he told Mr. Cammack during two hours of questioning Tuesday.

"I just answered the questions that they asked," he said

The teen testified that he and Ms. Reiser had sexual encounters at a park near his house. He also said they had sex at her Euless home while her husband was at work. While he was away at camp last summer, he said, Ms. Reiser sent letters that referred to their sexual encounter.

"She said, 'That was great.' All nine times that we had sex."

The boy also testified about Ms. Reiser's classroom behavior.

He said he thought his teacher dressed inappropriately for class and bought him candy for his birthday. But she also would allow her students to skip class and play cards, the teen said.

He told the jury of six men and six women that he thought his teacher was a flirt.

"She was slutty at school," the teen said.

UPDATE:

FORT WORTH — A 30-year-old former Catholic school teacher was sentenced to eight years in prison today for having sex with a 13-year-old male student.

A jury on Wednesday convicted Dawn Reiser of Euless of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. Jurors also recommended 10 years of probation for Reiser, who taught at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine. She faced up to life in prison. The student, now 14, testified that he and Reiser had sex repeatedly at her Euless home while her husband was away.

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