This case contains actions which are appalling and it contains actions which are heartening.
A teacher and a teacher's aide at an Orange County school for troubled children have been charged with raping a Westchester County boy and another teenager during a weekend of sex at a New Windsor house, police said yesterday.
The two women, who were fired by McQuade Children Services, were accused of having sex with two 16-year-old boys during the Memorial Day weekend.
I'm glad that the school officials did a thorough job of investigating as soon as the two boys who lived at the school were unaccounted for and promptly called Child Protective Services rather than ignoring the problem or trying to cover it up.
So often people contribute to sex crimes when they deny the possibility of a "real" crime when there is no evidence of overt force. This denial is often greater when the victim is troubled since for many people that means that the victim cannot be an innocent victim.
Like men who sexually offend against girls they work with or teach, I'm sure these women have rationalized their actions so they can claim they were nothing more than a mistake or bad judgment all around.
We can't let anyone get away with that, male or female.