Two school teachers at Bountiful Junior High in Utah are being charged with rape of the same 13-year-old student. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Davis County Attorney’s Office filed charges of rape and sodomy, both first-degree felonies, against 46-year-old Linda R. Nef, a Utah studies teacher, and Valynne Bowers, 39, a math teacher, on Friday.
Linda Nef initiated the chain of events that led to her and Bower’s arrest when she arranged a meeting with Bountiful Police and confessed to having sex with the 13-year-old student for over a year, from October 2007 to December 2008. In the confession, she spoke of Valynne Bowers sexual involvement with the teenager as well. Bowers later confessed to a sexual relationship with the boy that has been ongoing since December.
The relationships began, the student and both teachers told police, through conversations where the participants began sharing their personal problems. Then they began texting each other, followed by sexting, and then a sexual relationship ensued. The two teachers did not know the other was involved with the boy until recently when Nef found out about Bowers and the teenager.
Linda Nef was booked and will have her first appearance in court in late March. She has resigned her teaching position at Bountiful Junior High. Nef has been teaching in the Davis County school district since 2004.
Valynne Bowers was booked and waived her right to a preliminary hearing. She will appear in court on March 16. Bowers was placed on administrative paid leave while the school district conducts an internal investigation. Bowers has taught in the school district since 1996.
Authorities do not believe any other students were involved. Nothing suggests that any of the sexual meetings between the two teachers and the student occurred during school hours or on school grounds.
Although it is as yet unknown, it would seem that Linda Nef allegedly became jealous of Valynne Bower’s relationship with the 13-year-old student with whom she had once had a 14-month relationship. What is even more disturbing is that Nef, depending upon the teenager’s current age, may have begun the relationship when he was just 11 years old.
In legal terms, a pedophile is anyone that has a sexual interest in and acts upon it with a minor child. As is pointed out by many legal and mental health professionals, the problem with pedophilia arises in the treatment of the act as a symptom of mental illness and not as an act of volition, where the offender is often released to repeat the offense, sometimes after a period of time of incarceration.
In the case of Linda Nef and Valynne Bowers, the two teachers, if convicted, will receive their state-established penalty as determined through a process of legal bartering, be forced to endure the length of time they are sentenced, possibly undergo medical and psychiatric treatment, then will be released back into society as sex offenders, where they will have to stay registered on a national database or face further legal complications. In short, they will then be free to commit the same crimes again, just not within a school setting.
But, then, according to Nef and Bowers and the 13-year-old student they had sex with, they never committed the alleged crimes they are accused of (and admitted to) within a school setting.