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Ex-Teacher Gets Probation in Field-Trip Sex Case

Posted February 8, 2007

— A former Concord teacher entered a plea Thursday in connection with charges that she had sex with a 16-year-old student while on an overnight field trip in Raleigh last April.

Janet Klatt, 44, of Charlotte, was charged with sexual activity between a school personnel member and a student, a felony offense. She entered an Alford plea and was given 30 months' probation and was ordered to have no contact with the male student and to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

An Alford plea is one in which a defendant does not admit guilt, but admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty.

Both Klatt and her attorney declined to comment Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said Klatt, who taught at a private school in Concord called The Cannon School, was discovered having sex with the student at the Clarion Hotel on Hillsborough Street during the overnight trip on April 28-29.

Last month, Klatt entered an Alford plea in connection with charges stemming from an incident in Cabarrus County with the same student.
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  • MoMoneyMoMoneyBoMoney Feb 9, 4:00 p.m.

    The boy was 16 not 6, yall need to stop fussin about this.

  • SOCLOSE Feb 9, 2:50 p.m.

    I said it before, and I'll say it again. More laws to protect the criminals than the victims. From reading the story, it sounds like she been w/this gentleman more than once. I wouldn't be suprised if they were intimate way b-4 he turned 16.
    She is still a child molester point blank. She got away with it this time. Will she get away with it again? Is she still working in the school systems? I bet they'll welcome her sick ass right back so she can assault another child.
    16 or not, he's still a child, and she is still a molester. She needs to be put away like the rest of the sick-o's.

  • E-Diva Feb 9, 2:26 p.m.

    Niccccceeee...

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Feb 9, 1:57 p.m.

    Just b/c a boy looks like he is older and has a body like and older man doesn't make the BOY anyless of a BOY. This woman (and all of the others like Mary Kay Leteunero(sp?))need to remain in jail for these crimes. They are predators, sick twisted predators. And the scary thing is they have kids too! Do they ever think what it would be like to have the tables turned?

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Feb 9, 1:51 p.m.

    In the law of the United States, an Alford plea is a plea in criminal court. In this plea, the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence, but admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty. Upon receiving an Alford plea from a defendant, the court may immediately pronounce the defendant guilty and impose sentence as if the defendant had otherwise been convicted of the crime.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alford_plea

  • cnsallen Feb 9, 1:37 p.m.

    In North Carolina, the age of consent is 16 so no this is not a case of statutory rape. This is a case of a facilitator abusing her position.

  • cnsallen Feb 9, 1:32 p.m.

    from Wikipedia.com - "In the law of the United States, an Alford plea is a plea in criminal court. In this plea, the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence, but admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty. Upon receiving an Alford plea from a defendant, the court may immediately pronounce the defendant guilty and impose sentence as if the defendant had otherwise been convicted of the crime." I call it a bunch of crap. This woman deserves a jail sentence. I don't care if the boy consented or not.

  • mvnull Feb 9, 12:17 p.m.

    As I understand it, the Alford plea is somewhat similar to "No Contest." For both, sentencing follows as if the person is guilty. However, with no contest, the plea cannot be used in another trial. The Alford plea can be used in other trials as a statement that there is enough evidence to have convicted the person. Both can be rejected by the judge, and are used to reduce the caseload in court.

  • latanya512 Feb 9, 11:55 a.m.

    This is crazy! I have a son and alot of GROWN women will say to him,"I can't wait til you turn 18." and I respond, "Yea, I will be waiting with something behind door number one." It does not matter, she is grown woman messing with a child. What about the woman I seen on Maury that married the kid when he was 15 years old and the parents allowed it. Lord help the child. Kids are growning up to fast. If you can convict a man for raping a child and give him forty why not a woman.

  • painina Feb 9, 11:15 a.m.

    Someone please explain the Alford Plea. Does anyone get to use it or is it something offered by the DA?

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