Terry County woman avoids jail time sexual assault - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/4/10

Terry County woman avoids jail time for admitted sexual assault of a minor

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This week a Terry County woman received probation after admitting to having sexual relations with a 16-year-old boy and inappropriately touching another minor. Kristen Dill, 37, was charged with sexual assault last year. She escaped jail time by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of injury to a child.

Dill served as the Wellman Supporters of Academics and Athletics President when she admitted to having inappropriate relations with two underage boys who both attended Wellman-Union High School. In June, she provided a detailed confession describing her aggravated sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy, and indecency by contact with a 15-year-old.

Tuesday, Dill left the courthouse with no sexual assault convictions. Instead, a judge sentenced her to 10-years deferred adjudication for injury to a child. That means she's on probation, and if she doesn't violate the terms of her probation, it will not stay on her record. While she cannot work at a school or daycare, she does not have to register as a sex offender.

Another woman, Candra Dee Payton who taught at Seagraves, received a similar deal in 2008 after pleading guilty to an improper relationship with a 9th grade student. She received 10-years probation, community service, and a fine, but she also did not have to register as a sex offender.

Lubbock Attorney Rod Hobson believes if it had been an older man and a young girl, the case would have come out very differently. "It would have been next to impossible to get this kind of deal if the roles had been reversed. At a minimum, it would have been  probation on the sexual assault case. Most likely that guy gets time," said Hobson. 

Men in similar cases have received time in jail. In 2002, a Lubbock jury sentenced 41-year-old Daniel Igor, a male teacher from Odessa, to the maximum sentence of 20-years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old student.

"If you just look at the court house, there's any number of cases where the people in that situation get prison time," said Hobson. 

While Dill's sentence is for 10-years, Hobson says under Texas statutes a judge could shorten that probation to as little as two years.

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