I never told any adult about what happened to me at the time; and that put “time” on my teachers side. When I finally did, it was not quite 10 years later and the statute of limitations had changed um from 7 years for um sexual a mistreatment abuse of a minor, to ten; I told in right about in year nine and a half and it was investigated in Randolph county which was my home county. But the prosecuting attorney at that time um did not choose to file it; um which as I’m understanding it came down to a lack of nerve.
So my case went into a circular file and has remained there for quite some time. The reason I never told anybody was because of the guilt and the shame and the fear that the teacher instilled in me. He had me convinced that I would ruin my life, I would ruin my families life, whom I certainly loved dearly, and I would ruin his life; he would never teach again in Missouri, I would shame his family, and for some reason, at the age of 13 and 14, that was enough for me to be quiet. The idea of hurting my family was enough to make me think that I should just bear the horrible truth alone.
And so, out of all of this fear, I consented to a ongoing sexual relationship with this teacher that lasted well over a year. There was a few friends I … will tell you that I did speak with that I am glad to this day um that I did share with somebody. I just wish that I told somebody that could have really helped me.
I would meet my teacher during his planning hour... um. I also became a babysitter to him and his wife for their young daughter. When ever Id baby sit for him he would take long drives from his house back to dropping me off at my own. Sometimes I would ride my bike to school in the spring and then I would ride to his house after school and I would stay there until right before his wife would get off work at 5:00, and go home.
During the summer months off school, he worked for a small cleaning company there in Moberly, and he cleaned for the First Baptist Church. I would also ride there after going to the swimming pool my family belonged to and meet him there at the Church. But it was ultimately there that I would choose to end the relationship. But I’ll explain that to you in a little while
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