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A New York Criminal Lawyer has learned that a former middle school teacher has been arrested by police for improper text messaging a former student and offering to furnish her with alcohol. The 41-year old former teacher now faces the fourth degree felony of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The police department has expressed its happiness in getting a child predator off the streets. The text messages and emails the former teacher had sent to the 15-year old girl were very carefully crafted and with the exception of offering the teen alcohol, never included any offers for sex. However, there were some personal compliments included, such as how pretty the girl is, how nice her legs are, and how much he wished he were younger so he could date her. It is unclear as to whether the teenager or her parents notified the police. However, it is at this point that the police did become involved.

The former teacher did not realize that police had begun monitoring the teenager girl’s Facebook account and in reality he was making these comments to them instead of the teen he was seeking her favors. His offers to provide her with alcohol were accepted. When he pulled into a local store parking lot to meet the teen, police were there waiting for him. A search of the vehicle concluded with the discovery of alcohol that he had allegedly brought for the 15-year old girl’s use. In Manhattan and Queens this could easily be considered a sex crime.

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Phillip Bennett, head of Refco Inc. got sixteen years for fraud. The sentence was read in Federal Court by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald and based on losses he had caused.

She pointed to the greed and arrogance which defines Bennett and those like him who stop at nothing to attain wealth and power.

The prosecution wanted between 16.5 and 22 years in prison for the culprit.

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The person who is generally credited with the creation of two of the major “Boy Bands” in the music business has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges.

But his sentence could be reduced significantly if Pearlman can make restitution. The judge made the offer to reduce the time Lou Pearlman would have to serve. For every million he pays back, his sentence would be reduced by a month. Investors who were cheated were ecstatic by this unusual ruling by the bench.

Pearlman pleaded guilty in March to two counts of conspiracy. He laundered money and used false statements to defend a bankruptcy proceeding. He is most famous for creating The Back Street Boys and In Sync that sold millions of records. He is accused of stealing millions from investors over the years. Prosecutors promised to procede aggressively against the impressario.

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