A 40-year-old mother of four and former teacher’s aide, Brenda Baillargeon, who admittedly had sex with her daughter’s 16-year-old high-school classmate, has been sentenced to a one-year jail term, and in an unorthodox punitive twist, banished from her hometown of Amery, Wisconsin, population 2,800.
Commenting on the unusual, but legally viable punishment, a law professor from Hamline University School of Law noted, “A judge has discretion in sentencing and terms of probation, and given the actions of the former teacher’s aide, the punishment could have been worse.”
Questioning the professor’s sentiment, legal scholars nationwide have weighed in, asking whether it really could have been worse. Could anything really be worse than being forced to leave a town with less people than a subway bathroom stall sees in an hour? A town with career options limited roughly to former teacher’s aide, sex offender, or suicide participant? A town where not only does everybody know your name, but they also know that you’re a middle-aged perv who was so hard up she had to seduce a kid in her daughter’s class? Leave all that? Oh, wait. Right.
Punishment? Honey, that’s a gift. [Twin Cities]