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Judge Refers to Teacher As “Dangling Candy” As He Sentences Her to Just 30 Days in Prison For Sexual Exploits with Student

April 7, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Judge Refers to Teacher As “Dangling Candy” As He Sentences Her to Just 30 Days in Prison For Sexual Exploits with Student

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A judge referred to a former teacher as “dangling candy” as he sentenced her just 30 days for the statutory rape of a teen. Police arrested Erica Ann Ginnetti, 35, back in January in Lower Moreland, Pennsylvania after the alleged victim, a male student, showed racy images and videos of the teacher to his classmates.

Court records indicate that the content of the images included the former teacher in a bikini or thong. And A video sent to the teen showed her undressing in a “sexual explicit manner.” In July of 2013, the teacher and student had sex in her car at an industrial park. The pair stayed in frequent content with each other afterwards.

Ginnetti entered a guilty plea last year on charges including sexual assault and disseminating sexually explicit materials to a minor. She potentially faced up to 14 years in prison. However, Judge Garrett D. Page decided to sentence the woman to just 30 days in jail and must register as a sex offender.

Ginnetti cried in court as she read an apology letter. As Page sentenced her, he compared the explicit photos of the woman to “dangling candy in front of the victim.” The judge hit the court with a piece of reality, as he asked “What young man would not jump on that candy?” Page said.

Ginnetti is now a fitness instructor at a gym, and She told the court that she regularly volunteers at her church. The Pennsylvania woman says she is in the midst of rebuilding her relationship with her husband and three children.

“I don’t think 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 incident affected the teen’s grades after the statutory rape, and that he still has trouble socially interacting. “The boy had a point in his life that was dark,” Polites said.

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