One California teacher spun a rather disgusting story to excuse her criminal activity. After she was caught performing sex acts on one of the children in her class, she tried to blame the boy. While she stood in court, the middle school teacher told the judge and jury that the eighth-grade student, the victim of her crimes, was the one who pressured her into giving him oral sex, because she felt threatened that the boy would expose the nature of their relationship if she refused to do it for him.
The 33-year-old married teacher at the heart of this criminal case, Justine Karen Nelson, worked at the Tenaya Middle School in Fresno, California until these allegations came out concerning her sexual relations with one of her very young students.
Last month, she stood before the Fresno Superior Court and described how the boy pressured her into the sex act because he had continually pushed her to do more. Things escalated from kissing to oral sex after the pair had exchanged at least 100 pages of messages on Instagram.
At the time of the crime, the victim was 13-years-old. Nelson was 31, married, and the mother of a child. She knew that her relationship with the child was inappropriate but kept indulging in it because she claims to have worried that the boy was going to expose the truth about what they had done. If he shared their Instagram messages, she would have lost her job and may have gone to prison. It was also possible that she could have lost custody of her child.
Although Nelson thought her excuse would hold up in court, the prosecutor asked her for proof. How did the child threaten her? Where was there evidence of that? She claimed that it was impossible for her to do that because the alleged coercion happened in person. Nevertheless, she was an adult. He was the child. It should never have gotten to the point that it did.
Nelson described it happening like this. She said the 13-year-old boy came into her classroom, pushed her against a desk, and started kissing her. She said she screamed his name before he ran off. She claimed that she hoped her husband, who also worked at the school, would hear her scream and come running to the rescue. He held a job as a gym teacher, but he was unable to hear her scream – if it ever did happen.
The prosecutor then asked a pointed question. Did she kiss the boy back? She said it was possible.
“It’s a natural instinct to kiss a child who just pushed you down on a desk?” Deputy District Attorney Liz Owen asked.
Nelson admitted that it was her natural instinct.
After that kiss, the student allegedly kept pressuring Nelson to perform oral sex. She eventually gave in to his demands because she was so worried she’d get caught.
“I just wanted to get it over with. I was so sick and tired.”
Nelson said she never had any romantic feelings for the child. She claims that she “just cared about him as a person.” Then he got the upper hand and abused his power.
When the victim testified, he told the court how the sex act happened several times, sometimes in the middle of the school day between classes.