In January, Courtney Bowles, 31, a Mountain View High School employee was discovered by a police officer, having sex with a 16 year old male student. Police say she and the boy were found naked in a car at Loveland Park in Colorado. Bowles was employed by the high school as an Instructional Coach. Supposedly, an Instructional Coach works with school teachers to improve their classroom instruction and interaction skills with students.
Despite the fact Prosecutor Renee Doak requested Bowles be sentenced to jail and despite the fact police were witness to the crime, Judge Stephen Howard ruled Bowles be set free. She will serve no jail time. Instead, Bowles must perform 80 hours of community service, serve 10 years on probation and register as a sex offender. She is also prohibited from seeing minors under the age of 18.
Although Bowles resigned from her high school job, her lawyer said she now has a new job. Thus, in essence, she received practically no punishment at all. Even her community sentence is puny - only 80 hours. This can be completed within two months while she works.
Explaining his light sentencing, Judge Howard stated "she has already been adequately punished, and this will be an ongoing thing for many years." He also said the 16-year-old caught having sex with Bowles asked the judge for the least punishment possible.
How has she already been adequately punished? Because she lost her teaching related career? Being removed from employment is standard punishment for every teacher caught having sex with underage students. Losing a job is rarely deemed as adequate punishment for sex offenders especially those cases involving male instructors. Additionally, in past cases involving male teachers, many 16 year old girls have requested leniency for the accused. Justices routinely brush these girls' request aside. Lastly Prosecutor Doak argued that the victim in the case has dealt with consequences, as well. "His life has been affected by this," she said. "His schooling has been affected by this. He feels like he's being treated differently and might have to change schools."
The outcome of the Courtney Bowles case is similar to the infamous Debra Lafave case.
Obviously, some judges remain stuck in an obsolete feminist / white knight philosophy. They adhere to the idea that women should not be held to the same accountability standards as men. They believe adult women should not be held fully responsible for their actions.
Courtney Bowles is married with two children. Her husband, understandably, has filed for a divorce.