Since the days of Mary Kay Letournea, teacher-student sexual relationships seems to have come more common – at least it looks like we get to read every other day about new case where a female teacher had been having sex with male student, and by the growing numbers of these cases, we are not as shocked as we used to be, some 10 or 20 years ago. Of course one can argue, that there have always been sexual relations between adult women and young boys, but you have to remember that teachers are paid to take care of kids, not to use (and abuse) them for their own benefits.
Still, there are every now and then been cases that stand out, as they are not just regular older women getting their rocks of with teen boys, or adult woman seeking sexual satisfaction from young boys. Some naughty female teachers just don’t seem to get enough sex from one male student, no it seems that they need to get sex with bunch of young guys. And sometimes that means even group sex.
One of these notorious naught female teacher cases was case of Tonya Flink, 40-year-old former computer technology teacher at Haltom High School,Fort Worth, Texas, who was sentenced in october 2013 to four years of probation for having sex with several students.
In a plea agreement reached with prosecutors in Criminal District Court No. 213, Tonya Flink pleaded guilty to two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student. The counts involved two students. In exchange, Flink was sentenced to probation with deferred adjudication on each case.
The justice system doesn’t lack for stories of male abusers who get off with relatively light punishments. And it’s important to note that every story involving sex abuse is unique.
A search warrant affidavit said Flink performed sex acts had sexual relationships with at least four of her students during the 2010-11 school year. Flink, mother of three, began working as a computer teacher at Haltom High school in August 2007. She allegedly began having relationships with male students around Dec. 2010 by giving them blowjobs at school, while she was still married and lived with her family.
When we think of sex abuse, it’s the more traditional view of a male preying upon a girl – or less commonly, a male preying upon a boy. And there’s no denying that statistically, males tend to represent a smaller number of victims and a considerably higher number of sex abusers. But females can and do abuse boys – as did Mrs Flink, performing numerous sex acts with young boys while playing a role of loving wife and good mother.
One of the victims said his relationship with Flink developed while she was helping him to better his grades, when she stayed after school to help him with homework. It began as casual flirting and continued with his teacher began “pushing herself on him,” the warrant said. The teen told investigators Flink said she loved him and that she liked “young Hispanic kids like him.” She bought him clothes and other gifts and they did “everything you could imagine.” Phone records for one student indicate that he and Flink telephoned each other 850 times between December 2010 and May 2011, while Other records revealed hundreds of text messages. On numerous occasions, Tonya Flink would just show up at his house and knock on the back door looking for sex.
According to testimony by one student, Flink was described as ‘pushing herself on him’ before the pair’s sexual relationship snowballed into ‘everything you could imagine’.
At some point in 2011 Flink divorced, leaving her with a five-year-old child and another in high school and college. The student moved in with her some time later in her apartment in Bedford after graduating. The student’s parents contacted Haltom City police in September of 2011 after he confessed to his sexual relations and living situation with Flink. The student told authorities that he regretted his involvement with Flink, saying that it messed up his life. During the investigation, Haltom City detectives discovered that Tonya Flink had sexual relationships with at least three other students, according to the affidavit.
Abuse is abuse. Exploiting the power dynamic between an adult teacher and a teenage student is abuse. And the punishments for offenders should correlate, regardless of the genders of perpetrators or the victims. Thankfully, these days most of the female perpetrators end up as sex offenders.
Records show Flink resigned from her position at Haltom High in August, shortly before police launched a one-year investigation into her sexual misconduct.After Flink’s resignation she was hired at nearby Carter Riverside High in Fort Worth as a health science terminology teacher. She was suspended from that position when parents from Haltom High contacted school officials.