Pedophile Teacher Neal Erickson was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison in July for first degree criminal sexual conduct with a child that he groomed with alcohol and pornography from the age of 10 in Rose, Michigan. The sexual relationship started when the victim was 13-years-old.
Wesley Goheen of WNEM reported today that the school district decided that six West Branch-Rose City teachers and a school board member who wrote letters asking for leniency for the convicted child molester are allowed to keep their jobs but will undertake "ethics training," despite resistance from rightfully outraged parents.
Young reported that the opinion did not reflect the will of the community, as
"many community members packed the auditorium at Ogemaw Heights High School for the meeting, most speaking out against the teachers, while a few spoke in their defense." [author emphasis]
To add insult to injury, the family of the molested child also endured an arson attack on their home in July, which resulted in their garage being burnt down, as reported by Eric Young of the Ogemaw County Herald. There were letters spray-painted on the family home, as well. While it is unknown who could commit such an act toward the family, it is not a stretch to believe it was somebody associated with the school in support of the child molester.
The perpetrators are still at large.