Former Whitewater teachers plead guilty to pandering

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 5:00pm
By: John Munford

UPDATE: Defense attorney said pair had strong case but didn't want to risk outcome of jury trial; Attorney says only mention of sex came from undercover officers

Two former Whitewater High School teachers who were arrested in May during an undercover prostitution sting entered guilty pleas in DeKalb County State Court Tuesday.


Douglas Dee, the former band director, and Kelly Butler, the former choral director, pled guilty to pandering, a misdemeanor, and were fined $1,000 each, court officials said. They also were sentenced to 12 months probation and the judge suspended a 48-hour jail term.

Dee and Butler were granted first offender status by the court, meaning that if they successfully complete their probation the conviction will not be placed on their permanent record, said defense attorney Matt McCord.

Butler's plea was recorded as what is known as an "Alford" plea meaning that she does not admit the crime and asserts her innocence in the case.

Dee and Butler, who were dating at the time, were accused of using the website Craigslist to arrange a meeting with two prostitutes at the W Hotel. Those two prostitutes turned out to be undercover DeKalb County police officers.

McCord said he felt Dee and Butler had a good case because during the conversations on the phone and at the hotel room, the only persons who mentioned that sex was going to occur were agents of the state, meaning the undercover officers.

Despite that evidence, the potential risk of a jury trial was too much for Dee and Butler to face, McCord said.

As to what Dee and Butler went to the hotel room for, McCord said he didn't know. But he was certain that Dee and Butler were both "great teachers who have done a lot of good."

According to a police report, Dee agreed to pay $200 to the prostitutes both in a phone conversation setting up the meeting and also in person at the hotel room.

Dee and Butler resigned their positions Sept. 10 after the school system became aware of the charges for the first time since the May 1 incident, officials said.

Dee was arrested the same night but Butler’s arrest happened at a later date, DeKalb officials said.

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Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 6:10pm.

in this "crime"?

Submitted by normal on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 2:45pm.

That is a question to you folks that know so much. Just legalize prostitution, tax it heavily and move on. Good gracious, everbody does it, why do you think all these 3rd world nations are so over crowded. So seeing as obama is going to ream the banks and steal their money lets just get some hooker taxes. Thank you

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 5:21pm.

Without weighing in on either side, wouldn't it be interesting to know how Nevada handles the issue? Rules, regulations, problems, etc?

Submitted by lifeinptc on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 8:11am.

pervert's while their minds strayed who knows where while they were supposedly mentoring our kids.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 9:41am.

A teacher's mind never wanders? I had some good teachers, but they all had their days. You act like they were making moves on students...

Submitted by jevank on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 10:12am.

The teachers were not fired for trying to hire prostitutes. They did not disclose the arrest, which went against their contract, so they resigned before they could be fired.

That said, I, as a parent and a taxpayer, do not want teachers like this teaching my children. I know you like teachers who break the law, commissioners who break the law, and underaged drinking. Most of us do not.

I'm sure these two teachers are looking for work. Maybe you could hire them to tutor your children.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 2:45pm.

Spyglass is stating a libertarianistic point of view- that the government that governs least governs best. A libertarian views prostitution and drug use as victimless crimes. As they are victimless, they should be legal among consenting peoples. The problem with both of these proclivites is that these are not victimless crimes. If they were victimless, then Atlanta would not be a major hub of the child sex and enslavement trade. A trade that plies its "workers" with hard drugs, violence, and a grinding dispair.
Craigs List, which the sexual Bonnie and Clyde chose to use for getting their "freak on", is rife with the impressed trade of these slavers. As teachers they should have known better.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 3:30pm.

of mine...I have NEVER advocated that any of the things you mention should be legal for MINORS...I never will. I have also never said that a local jurisdiction shouldn't be able to make and enforce laws regarding said minors. That is one area that folks usually stray off on, they bring up "the children"...well, no one I know of wants anything bad happening to children.

The things you speak of would certainly be illegal in my world. The fact that drugs/prostitution are illegal, will always bring in the criminal know the story, outlaw guns, only criminals will have's the same way regarding this.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 3:46pm.

I stated that you have a liberatarian view of prostitution, which you do. I did not state that you value or support the prostitution of minors. However, if we have widescale and legalized prostitution for adults, it will continue to have a criminal element that will use minors and will be able to do so with legal and volume cover. Why, because the demand for it exists. Prostitution and its attendant drug use is not victimless. Look up the stats and look up a service such as Wellspring if you must.
And there are such things as employment contracts that bar certain activities. From what was posted above, I assume that these teachers had an obligation to notify the school system. Other contracts exist. The Falcons GM, Thomas Dimitroff has a stipulation in his contract that he will not snowboard. That is not a crime, but if he partakes in that activity then he could be terminated.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 5:25pm.

In areas where prostitution is legal, I wonder if the cases of child prostitution is higher or lower...I don't know...

I do know that in Countries where certain drugs have been decriminalized, usage has generally gone down....not that we are arguing about that.

I also have no problem with much of anything in a contract that someone willfully agrees to.

But we've gotten way off the rails...I simply asked in the beginning who the victim in this crime was?...I never meant to imply the teachers did no wrong...obviously if they violated their contracts, they obviously did wrong...I wasn't trying to argue that at all.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 5:56pm.

Spyglass...Here is the title of this article: "Former Whitewater Teachers plead guilty to pandering"; you started this entire discussion with Who is the victim in this "crime"? I naturally assumed that the libertarian nature of that statement also was an attempt to justify an obvious feeling of injustice you have about their outcome. I am truly unsure of any other reason to make that posting. If I have impugned you unjustly, then I apologize

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 8:59pm.

It always gets me in trouble. Smiling

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Submitted by cowtipn on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 2:27pm.

That sure is a high horse y'all are preaching from.

Submitted by jevank on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 2:43pm.

So holding the adults in Fayette County to a higher standard is preaching? Let's close our eyes to the people who have influence on our youth. Yeah, that's a much better way to do things.

Why is it so important to you that everyone just shrug this stuff off?

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Submitted by cowtipn on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 5:07pm.

A higher standard of what? I expect our teachers to live up to a higher standard of teaching.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 3:30pm.

that the teachers in Fayette County shouldn't go to Las Vegas and gamble?

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Submitted by The Wedge on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 3:52pm.

in a legal way and in a legal locale such as Las Vegas against the employment contract of teachers? Your argument is specious. The two teachers violated the law and subsequently their employment contract. Their termination (or actually resignation in lieu of termination) was justified. Lamenting that since there was no victim, they should not face censure or termination is contrary to the law and does not really follow good logic.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 5:21pm.

that the teacher's shouldn't have been censured/fired etc...??

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Submitted by Gene61 on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 12:45am.

Wonder how the other case is being handled concerning the Cleveland teacher Mr Howe.

These 2 have lost their jobs and will never work with kids again.

Submitted by Andre65 on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 6:22am.

What happened with the Spanish teacher at WHS? Were charges ever pressed?

Submitted by ilivehere on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 8:46am.

I heard the spanish teacher was illegally downloading microsoft software on school computers. Is there another story?

Submitted by Andre65 on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 11:06am.

it was kiddie porn on the computer. Something that the FCBOE doesn't want anyone to know. Another big secret the county is keeping from parents.

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