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O.C. man pleads guilty to extorting teacher accused of having sex with students

A man who threatened to report a high school band teacher suspected of having sex with students unless she handed over cash and nude photos of herself pleaded guilty today to extortion.

According to prosecutors, Miguel Lopez, 23, of Anaheim learned of the El Modena High School teacher’s suspected acts in early 2008 and sent her messages via e-mail and a phony MySpace page demanding thousands of dollars in exchange for his silence.

The band teacher, Carlie Rose Attebury, 30, of Orange reported the threats to police but was subsequently arrested on suspicion of having sex with a minor. She is scheduled to be arraigned in September.

“He clearly should have just turned her over to law enforcement or school authorities,” said prosecutor Todd Spitzer.

Lopez was sentenced to three years of informal probation and faces six months in jail if he does not successfully complete the term.

“It was as a result of that criminal investigation against him that led us to [Attebury’s] unlawful acts,” Spitzer said. “Does [Lopez] have to be held responsible? Yes. But he has a great opportunity to put his life together, and he needs to do that.”

— Paloma Esquivel, reporting from Orange County

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Is it just me or is there a surge in predator behavior of older women pouncing on our children? Living in Florida I have almost become numb because of the sexual deviates, but it still amazes me. If women want equality, I think we should start with equal sentences for men and women alike in the performance of a crime. Maybe our boys would be able to lead a normal life and not be mentally and physically raped.

Their entire life from that point forward will be changed forever, because they will invariably view girls & women as a sexual object of their desires for years to come. The lust of the flesh is the strongest in boys, but the lust of the mind is greatest in the minds of all; and when women contribute to the decay of our children we have a lot to worry about.

Then again most of the great civilizations that fell, sexual immorality was a heavy contributor to their demise, and led to a spiritual erosion of the people. The nations that fell alongside those people allowed these behaviors to predominate. I wonder if there is a message we should be learning about the Babylon's of this world?

This criminal, Lopez, is being treated with kid gloves and should be serving hard time for blackmail and extortion. Read the last pathetic sentence, "But he has a great opportunity to put his life together, and he needs to do that.” THAT IS SICKENING!!! What he did was FAR worse than what she had ever done. They both should be locked up together for about 10 years.

What he did was wrong and stupid. He should and will be punished for his conduct. It is going to effect his life because he will have a felony conviction on his record. I don't think what he did is worse than what the teacher did. He did not have sex with kid. She is supposed to be a professional teacher and should know better. She should be punished worse than him and hopefully, she will be. She should have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life and spend some time in jail.


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