Valeska Has Unfairly Mischaracterized The Rehobeth Guidance CounselorsRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Dec 14 2012 11:27 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Chill out on the Rehobeth Guidance Counselors that District Attorney Doug Valeska blasted.
Valeska blasted the guidance counselors for their testimony about former Rehobeth High School Teacher Robert Michels.
Michels entered a guilty plea to having sex with a student. This was wrong and in no way to I condone the actions of Robert Michels.
However, the teachers were present at the issuance of a subpoena or the request to be present or a subpoena would be issued for their attendance in court.
The Guidance Counselors were asked about the tenure of Robert Michels as a teacher. And they answered truthfully. The truthful answer was, Michels was a good teacher according to the guidance counselor.
The Guidance Counselors did not and do not approve of his having a sexual relationship with the student. However, the were required to, under oath, answer the question truthfully.
You remember when Tina Diggs did not want to appear in court for Doug Valeska in the Dr. Andrew Osborne case. She was never served a subpoena. Diggs was tracked down in the State of Florida. Valeska had Diggs arrested, made her spend the night in the Okaloosa County Florida Jail.
Diggs was then placed in handcuffs and the backseat of a Houston County Sheriff Patrol car and transferred as a prisoner to the Houston County Jail. When she arrived at the Houston County Jail Diggs was stripped of her clothes and placed in an orange jumpsuit.
The Judge called for a hearing on Diggs being in custody. She was handcuffed, belly chains and leg irons and brought by Houston County Sheriff Patrol Car to the Houston County Courthouse. District Attorney Doug Valeska asked Circuit Judge Larry Anderson to hold Diggs in a Houston County Jail cell for one week until he had a court hearing to see if Dr. Osborne violated his community corrections.
Judge Anderson placed Diggs on an ankle monitor but released her from the Houston County Jail.
UNDERSTAND…(1) Diggs was never served a subpoena to appear in court (2) Diggs was taken under force by Okaloosa County Sheriff Department under a court order requested by District Attorney Doug Valeksa (3) Diggs was stripped of her clothes and strapped down like a mass murder suspect…
Only as a witness to testify for Doug Valeska to the fact of one question… have you ever met Dr. Osborne at your house?
And Doug Valeska mischaracterized the restaurant where Osborne and Diggs met. The Doug Valeska description outraged a lot of judicial and law enforcement officials in Dale County, outraged a lot of the fine citizens of Dale County and the owner of the business when he mischaracterized the restaurant and attempting to falsely portray it as way off the path from Triy to Dothan in Ozark.
Why did I say all of that?
While the Guidance Counselors were defense witnesses, look what happened to a lady who was treated like a mass murder suspect to only answer a question.
The Rehobeth Guidance Counselors care about the children. They care about their education and their safety. They were simply asked about Robert Michels as a teacher and the reputation he had as a teacher.
The charge against Robert Michels
While this sounds harsh, what made Michels having sex with the student a crime was, Michels was the teacher of the student.
Had Michels worked at a business and had sex with the student, that sex would have been legal. Had Michels been a teacher in another school and never taught that student, then sex would have been legal.
However, with Michels being the teacher for the student, then it is a crime.
Before you bash the messenger
Do not take from this article that I in any way approve of the facts and circumstances surrounding the charges of Robert Michels. Do not take that I would not feel as the parents of the student.
I am not defending the actions of Robert Michels.
I am defending the guidance counselors and the unfair bashing they are taking. They were asked or issued a subpoena to be in court. The attorney asked them a question, and under the penalties of law for perjury, and after having taken an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, they told the truth.
Valeska has unfairly caused the guidance counselors grief over this issue.