Once again, a male coach gets slapped with a massive amount of jail time for having an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl, while female teachers and coaches continue to get slaps on the wrist. Are we arguing that male coaches should get off scott-free for their actions? Absolutely not. But should they get considerably more jail time than their female counterparts who commit similar acts? In most cases it seems, female coaches get probation or at the most a year or two in the slammer. Male coaches? Seems like they get more in the 10 to 15 year range.
Take this guy: he claims at 340 lbs and with high blood pressure, there was no way he could have sex with a high school girl. They jury didn’t believe him and sentenced him to 50 years in jail without parole. Would a female teacher in a similar case get 50 years? If so, we haven’t seen it.
A jury Friday in Beaumont decided on a 50-year sentence for former girl’s softball coach Louis Bowden Matthews, Jr., whom jurors convicted Thursday of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Prosecutors say the girl was 13 in 2008 at the time of the first of more than two-dozen sexual encounters with Matthews. Matthews, who’s 5-foot-9 and divorced, denied the allegations and testified that he has high blood pressure, weighed as much as 340 pounds and physically could not have had relations with the girl.
The girl, however, testified Matthews promised to marry her when she turned 18.