Pamela Rogers Turner
|Pamela Joan Rogers|
July 1, 1977 |
|Criminal charge||Sexual battery, probation violation|
|Criminal penalty||Incarceration (270 days)
Probation (7 years 3 months; violated, revoked)
Incarceration (7 years) on revocation
Incarceration (2 years), sending nude pictures to a minor
|Criminal status||Released August 12, 2012|
|Spouse(s)||Christopher Turner (divorced)|
Pamela Joan Rogers (born July 1, 1977), a former elementary school physical education teacher and coach in McMinnville, Tennessee, had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy who was one of her students in Centertown Elementary School.
Rogers faced 15 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and 13 counts of statutory rape on February 4, 2005. The charges stemmed from her 3-month relationship with a teenage boy. She was 27 years of age at the time of the relationship. Following her arrest, she posted bail of $50,000. When originally charged, Turner plead not guilty.
Rogers later pleaded no contest to four charges of sexual battery by an authority figure on August 12, 2005, as part of a deal with the prosecution. Her sentence was 270 days (about nine months) in the Warren County jail in Tennessee. During an eight-year suspended sentence, she must also serve a term of seven years and three months of probation, register as a sex offender, and surrender her teaching certificate for life. The sentence not only prohibits her from profiting from the case (including books and movies), but also bars her from granting interviews for eight years. It also effectively ended her teaching career; most states will not grant a teaching license to a convicted felon.
Rogers was arrested again on April 24, 2006 on charges that she had sent text messages, nude photos, and sex videos of herself to the same boy while using her father's cellphone. She was also charged for communicating with the boy via blogs and a website. The judge ordered her to remain in jail until her next court hearing. On July 14, 2006 Rogers was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating her probation by sending explicit videos to her former victim and maintaining contact with him via online blogs. Rogers asked for mercy and apologized to her family and the teen's family, saying tearfully to the judge, "I have humiliated myself. What I did was wrong, I am willing to do anything to rehabilitate myself." She asked for local incarceration with therapy. Circuit Judge Bart Stanley denied her request saying, "You have done everything except show this court that you wanted to rehabilitate yourself." He revoked Rogers' probation and ordered her to serve the rest of a seven-year prison sentence at the Tennessee State Prison for Women.
According to the Felony Offender Information Lookup website, she was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women on Aug 12th 2012 at age 35.
In 1997, Turner was Ms. Monday Nitro in World Championship Wrestling at Spring Break festivities. She married Christopher Turner, a High School basketball coach, in 2003. He filed for divorce in January 2005, around the time of her indictment. Separated since 2004, the couple was already experiencing marital difficulties when her legal troubles came to light.
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