Saturday, February 23, 2008

Christel Gravlin pleads guilty

The case against a Lisbon teacher accused of having an affair with one her students will not be going to a Grand Jury, as she has agreed to plead guilty to the charges.

33-year-old Christel C. Gravlin is scheduled to enter the guilty plea March 3rd in St. Lawrence County Court, according to a report in the Watertown Daily Times this morning. Gravlin initially plead innocent in December to Rape 3rd Degree, Criminal Sex Act 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Gravlin is accused of having oral sex and intercourse with a 15 year old male student on November 25th during the course of a relationship that lasted one to two weeks.

The affair came to light after an incident at a high school basketball game on November 30th, when, intoxicated, Gravlin made statements about an affair to a group of students and others who were sitting near her. Gravlin confirmed the affair in a three-page signed statement to police, attributing the affair to depression, alcohol, prescription drugs and pressure from the boy.

Gravlin is to plead guilty to a felony in satisfaction of all charges stemming from the alleged affair, according to District Attorney Nicole Duvé.

A guilty plea to a felony means automatic loss of her state teacher's license.

Gravlin, a married mother of two is a former beauty queen, having been chosen Miss St. Lawrence County Teen-Ager in 1990 at the age of 15 and was voted St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess the following year. She graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Potsdam in 2003 with a degree in literature, writing, and secondary education.

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Note from Gag: She might have once been Dairy Princess but now she'd have to buy me a hell of a lot of booze to even make me consider letting her go downtown on me. However, I might still vote for her if there was a Rancid Milk Queen pageant.