Cassandra Anne James

Posted: November 25, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Western Australia
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-12-05/teacher-to-appeal-against-student-sex-sentence/230460

Teacher to appeal against student-sex sentence

Posted Fri Dec 5, 2008 1:49pm AEDT

A 35-year-old teacher, convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old boy, will appeal against her sentence in the Supreme Court later this month.

Cassandra Anne James is serving a 27 month jail term for having sex with the boy over a six month period last year. She was convicted of the offence in October in the Bunbury District Court.

The boy was a student at the school that James taught at and also knew his family.

The court will hear four submissions appealing against the severity of her sentence, including the fact that the boy instigated the relationship and that James had sought to make amends for her actions.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-11-26/court-to-allow-appeal-in-teacher-student-sex-case/219574

Court to allow appeal in teacher-student sex case

Posted Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:44pm AEDT

The lawyer for a teacher convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old boy, has been granted leave to appeal against his client’s 27 month jail sentence.

Cassandra Anne James, 35, was convicted last month in the Bunbury District Court, in south-west Western Australia, after pleading guilty to four counts of having sex with the boy last year.

The boy attended the school where James worked.

Lawyer Derek Hunter has made four submissions appealing against her sentence.

In one of the submissions, he argues the judge did not give enough weight to the fact that the incident was not premeditated but instigated by the boy.

The Appeals Court has granted leave on all four submissions but is yet to assess whether a court date should be set.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/14/2420122.htm?site=southwestwa

Lawyers challenge teacher’s jailing for sex with student

Posted November 14, 2008 15:00:00

Lawyers have lodged an appeal against the conviction of a Bunbury teacher to 27 months jail for having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Last month, the Bunbury District Court, in south-west Western Australia, convicted Cassandra Anne James after she pleaded guilty to four counts of having sex with the boy last year.

James taught at the boy’s school and was friends with his family.

In four written submissions to the Appeals Court, lawyer Derek Hunter argues the judge did not give enough weight to the circumstances that resulted in the affair or James’ personal circumstances.

He argues the sentence was too severe since the incident was not premeditated, but instigated by the boy and that James had been vulnerable to his advances because she suffered depression.

The court will consider the appeal in the coming weeks.

 

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