I’m seriously starting to think student-teacher sexual assault cases are a pandemic. Kind of like zombies, you know? We’ve gotta quarantine all these infected teachers. Throw Elizabeth Dillett in the theoretical quarantine as well. Or in real-life prison… Either/or.
Dillett, a 31-year-old former kindergarten teacher in Wisconsin, has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of having sex with a teenage boy. After two years in jail, she will serve another three years of extended supervision for her crime.
Dillett pleaded guilty in October to two felony charges — two counts of sexual assault of a child by a person who works or volunteers with children. Six other charges were dismissed. Dillett, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was the athletic director at St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School where she taught kindergarten.
Prosecutors say Dillett met the 16-year-old victim in this case through sports. The family of the victim says it was a year-long relationship.
Joshua Sheri, Dillett’s defense attorney, tried to claim that Dillet had no intentions of a relationship with the 16-year-old:
“This isn’t a circumstance where my client had some plan to have a relationship with (the victim)”
However, the Milwaukee County prosecutor argued otherwise, saying Dillett became close friends with the victim’s mother, with the prosecution also describing Dillett as manipulative. The victim’s mother described how the boy’s innocence was stolen:
“We have recognized that our son believed that he was in a healthy relationship. His opinions regarding relationships has become distorted since this incident,” said the victim’s father.
As a registered sex offender, Dillett will have to undergo mental evaluations and any appropriate treatment. She is to have no contact with children under the age of 17 and comply with the sex offender registry.