Former Teacher Not Guilty In Sex Case

Not guilty. That was the verdict Tuesday against a former high school teacher who was on trial for having sex with a student.

Kelly Bartz was accused of having a relationship with the student last June when he was 18-years-old.

The 40-year-old Bartz was an English teacher at Rocky Mount High School, but resigned on June 30, 2008. She worked for the school system for 11 years.


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  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 16, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    Liability? - The town and state should refund her spent money ,time lost at work, and reinstate her as a teacher. The Prosecutor, Police and the grand jury find somekind of made up evidence to go to trial. I am sure they offered her a plea bargin if she confesses. So she says no I am not guilty go to trial. She hires a lawyer cost $25-$50 - thousand dollars. She resigned from her job prabably at the advice of her lawyer , because no one at her job can be trusted. Found Not Guility? Who refunds her all the $$$$$ and lost wages. No one? There should be a law the if you win your case at trial State vs Whoever. The state is liable to refund all your monies you spent to set yourself free. It is only fair. Also so the state would make sure they send the right person to prison or it will cost them. I guess they the State just wanted to bankrupt Kelly Bartz
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Jul 16, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    To Bob in Belhaven: We should know by now that a Grand Jury will issue an indictment for just about any case they hear (Does a recent case in Durham ring a bell?) It is a very one sided prosecutorial tool used to charge individuals with felonies. The accused are not allowed to offer testimony or evidence to a Grand Jury or even be present during the procedure. So, one side of the case, THE STATE'S SIDE, is presented for consideration of indictment. Anyone that has served on a Grand Jury can verify that a biscuit would be indicted if the DA sat it on the table and told the Grand Jury members that it committed a robbery last month. The fact someone was indicted means absolutely nothing.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 16, 2009 at 04:29 AM
    It seems like alot of people here wish to blame the Prosecutor and Police, but the Prosecutor took it before the grand jury (peers) who decided if the case had merit or not! Was he a former student of hers, when did the relationship start (was he still a student?), I don't see where they had any choice but to investigate this! The DOC's law is called the PREA act - Prison Rape elimination Act! It basically states that a person in authority cannot become intimate with someone they have control over. I assume that something similar is in place for teachers! If nothing else it showed really poor judgment on her part and she should not be allowed to teach in NC again.
  • by to reality check Location: gboro on Jul 16, 2009 at 12:15 AM
    There is still a charge for teachers being sexually involved with a student, regardless of their age.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jul 15, 2009 at 06:40 PM
    I still think it's no ones business but theirs. Anyways, she is beautiful for 40, I'd really like to be with her. She didn't deserve this, working in a ghetto dump of a school like Rocky Mount and then having her reputation ruined. I wish I knew where she was, I'd like to comfort her.
  • by Billy on Jul 15, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    To me, if the student was 18 years old it wasn't a big deal because I believe it was consensual. I am glad she was acquitted.
  • by KJ Location: NC on Jul 15, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    I have to side with Bill on this one. It has been many years since I was 18, but the best I remember, back then, my only requirements were "warm and willing". A good looking 40 year old woman would have made it even better.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    RealityCheck, if it were a 40 year old male teacher and an 18 year old female student would you still feel it was no one's business? If it were a 40 year old and an 18 year old who hooked up on the street, that is the business of no one else, teachers are held to a higher standard.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    You are wrong Sam, if he was a student of hers at the time it is illegal for her to engage in any type of sexual relationship with him. According to WITN's 6pm report the issue was weather or not he was a student at the time of their relationship, not IF there was a relationship.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 15, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    I hope they make the school system pay her all her back pay and reinstate her at the level she would have been at if she had never left.She should also sue her accuser for mental anguish for every red penny she can get.
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