LAS VEGAS — Alphonso Washington, a former Lied Middle School teacher has received the equivalent of a slap on the wrist for his inappropriate, perverted acts.
Washington, was employed as a basketball school coach at Lied Middle School and later as a special education teacher. He began his employment in 2003.
After an investigation in 2013, Washington was arrested and later fired by the Clark County School District.
He was accused of touching a 14-year-old girl on her buttocks and playing with the button on her jeans.
This “bad teacher” was allowed to cop an Alford Plea which means that he did not have to admit to any crimes yet, at the same time, acknowledged that there was enough evidence against him that would likely convince a judge or a jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
His plea deal requires him to register as a sex offender.
Washington has since been released from house arrest.
His case is very similar to that of bad teacher Thomas Joel Taylor in South Carolina.
Taylor was allowed to cop a plea deal in which he also has to register as a sex offender.
The Alford Plea was designed to be a voluntary plea that is not supposed to have been made in exchange for any special considerations, however, as is illustrated in the above two cases, special consideration was indeed given to both of these bad teachers.
The legal system is clogged and in an effort to resolve cases, the Alford Plea, is often used in ways in which it was not designed to be used.
These two sexual deviants, who many believe should be made to pay for the crimes they committed to children who were entrusted in their care, are out on the streets being afforded the opportunity to live a relatively normal life in spite of their crimes against children.