Teacher Who Admitted to Having a Relationship With a Student Is Set Free

We need to elect our judges:

An Ontario private school teacher walked out of court a free woman after pleading guilty to relentlessly pursuing a 17-year-old student and pressuring her into a same-sex relationship.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Leslie Barton, 54, of Peterborough, Ont., a popular teacher and a married mother of a young child, began her pursuit during a school trip in 2010.

She wrote several love letters to the teenager and massaged her shoulders. That escalated to a stolen kiss by the end of the trip.

“After the trip, Leslie Barton’s sexual advances increased in frequency and aggressiveness,” the court document says.

She’d e-mail the girl to meet at certain places in the school, where they would be alone. The kissing and sexual contact escalated during the meetings.

To Barton, graduation day only meant the girl would be available for sex.

Barton told the girl “she always wanted to do more with her but she wanted to wait until (she) was 18 years old … Barton wanted to show the victim how to be a ‘good lover.'”

Eventually, the girl’s mental health began to crack. She underwent counselling and finally confronted Barton — “who apologized to her for the situation and took responsibility” — then went to police.

During sentencing, Judge R.W. Beninger noted Barton had jeopardized her marriage, lost her job, her reputation and her ability to volunteer in the community.

“No jail sentence can fix the wrong that was done (to the victim),” the judge said in sentencing Barton to 10 days, which she’d already served awaiting the hearing.


  • G

    “No jail sentence ca fix the wrong….”

    There, in a nutshell is ! All ! judge’s attitude’s toward the victims.
    “Oh well, there’s nothing we can do. So why bother punishing the offender?”

    Well why go to the expense of having a trial (or a JUDGE for that matter)?

    • G

      Besides the offender was a lesbian and therefore can do no wrong. Punishment would be homophobic.

      • Surele Surele

        I wander (not really, ’cause we all know the answer) what would be the verdict if the offender was a straight white male?

    • Brenda

      If there’s reason to believe she might reoffend, then by all means, keep her out of society. If there’s reason to think that punishing her will deter others from committing similar offenses, then punish her. If, finally, the punishment is meant to “reform” her so that the teacher can still contribute to society after her “treatment”, then go for it.

      But if none of those things are true, as perhaps the judge thought (rightly or wrongly) what is the point in punishing her?

      • jayme

        Her actions were inherently WRONG. Regardless of whether punishing her would deter others, people need to be shown that such actions will not be tolerated in our society. The judge is tacitly saying that what the teacher did was acceptable; it isn’t.

      • Waffle

        She has betrayed the special privilege accorded to teachers. Social condemnation is not enough. She must be punished. If there are no consequences, anybody can do anything at any time. But we have moved miles away from any kind of code that makes a civilized society possible (and it’s just so old-fashioned to even bring it up (sarc.)).

      • G

        Judges are always blustering and pontificating about how “not only must justice be done but it be SEEN to have been done.”

        How much justice do you see here?

        In this case the judge clearly believes that the student’s safety, her trust in her teachers and other adults, her future decisions indeed her very mental health is of little consequence when compared to the teacher’s social standing.

        He holds up as an example that the teacher could no longer participate in volunteer activities?…..WTF?….. Are you friggin kidding?

        This is exactly the sort of repugnant elitism that is rampant in the legal industry. “Oh well, they’re just the little people – no loss”

        This pompous ass gave not a single thought for the victim. Maybe throwing lesbo in jail for a while might have brought some comfort to the victim – but then she’s just another one of the little people so she should STFU, get over it and get on with her life – right?

      • The judge didn’t think and that is the problem.

      • Exile1981

        Pedophiles especially gay and lesbian ones always re-offend. The stats for redavism are nearly 95%, so this “teacher” was set free to strike again.

        The more stupidity i hear out of judges the more i want an island to keep these idiots as far from me as possible.

  • DMB

    The Benjamin Levin sex education curriculum is out in full force.

    • WalterBannon

      i wonder how many children Wynne molested when she was on the board?

      • Justin St.Denis

        One wishes they would come forward, but they are probably afraid of being taken out. The Liberals are KNOWN for employing violent tactics.

    • Doug Kursk

      Say, isn’t Dauphin jr. holding a Vester Lee Flanagan (VLF) hate flag?

    • Gary

      Here’s way pedophiles like Ontario.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    A system law in this century that doesn’t work or manage , to protect or defend the whole society in this country.

    • BillyHW

      Resist we much!

      • Justin St.Denis

        Billy, remember that Maurixio holds the patent on stupid. No words over two syllables, please, and no attempts at language humour. The latter are completely lost on both Maurixio Garcia and his same sex spouse Miguel Sanchez. Both are too butthurt and stupid to respond appropriately.

  • DD_Austin

    This ain’t new and it ain’t news

    Pedophile judge appointed by pedophile government elected by naive dupes lets
    off pedophile government teacher.

    He’s balance the scales of justice by screwing over some straight male wasp
    next week

  • Waffle

    I’m not being facetious here, but it seems that this woman has serious mental problems. why isn’t she in a psychiatric facility? Also, what compensation is there for the victim who’s had her life totally messed up, goodness knows for how long.

    Why didn’t the judge apply the long-standing principle of lex talionis:
    “lex talionis. the principle or law of retaliation that a punishment inflicted should correspond in degree and kind to the offense of the wrongdoer, as an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; retributive justice.”

    At the very least, the victim should get financial compensation to help pay for the psychiatric/psychological help she is going to need.

    If I were advising this girl, I would strongly suggest she appeal this terrible verdict to a higher court.

  • Xavier

    Can’t be true. Everyone knows homosexuals don’t groom minors.

    • Exile1981

      They do; were just not allowed to call it that.

  • Millie_Woods

    The young girl was victimized by the teacher first and then the judge. If there’s any justice, the crown will appeal the sentence and the judge will soon be diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I agree with your sentiments entirely. I wonder if the judge was a woman?

      • Jaedo Drax

        It doesn’t appear to be, also note that the crown pleaded it out, there was a second charge that was dropped, despite evidence clearly showing that the teacher admitted to what she did.

      • Waffle

        With a first name of Robert? Well, I guess that anything’s possible.

      • Millie_Woods

        No, it’s a guy. I realize that hoping he gets cancer is pretty harsh but his type is a cancer on society. Where does he get off saying ‘no jail sentence can fix the wrong’? You can say that about pretty much any crime.

        Tomorrow he’ll give someone a long sentence to make an example of them. ‘I’m having a bad day so you’re going to jail’ or ‘my sister’s a lesbian and she’d never hurt anybody so lesbian grooming isn’t that serious’. That’s not justice, that’s justifying your personal feelings. He doesn’t have the right to do that.

        • G

          There’s nothing wrong with hoping he gets cancer.

          Does anyone (except for homosexuals) think his arrogant, pompous disregard for the victim is any LESS harsh? This government trough slopper is garbage.

  • WalterBannon

    This judge should be removed from the bench

  • Justin St.Denis

    Odd that the judge should focus on the consequences the perp has suffered for her actions and not the consequences of the perp’s actions upon her victim. This judge needs to revisit the reason why we have a justice system. This ruling should be appealed.

    It’s an equitable world. Lesbians can be pedophile perverts too. Face the facts, and face the music.

    Do not let this pedophile off so easily. In the alternative, perhaps other members of the society she so violated might choose to pop by her home, her place of employment, where she shops, where she gasses up, and confront her with the facts of what she is – a lesbian pedophile pervert.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Better article about what went on can be found here:

    note that the crown accepted a plea deal in this case.

    • Waffle

      Good reporting. I found this very interesting:

      “Calling it an “isolated event” Justice Beninger stated “it is difficult to reconcile the character references of Ms. Barton with the actions that Ms. Barton took in a breach of trust.””

      i think that Ben Levin also got a host of character references.

      The other point of interest is the statement that Barton has a young child, begging the question how young is young? Barton is 54 and passed her child-bearing abilities at least 10 years ago, if not more.

  • Gary

    The media and Leftists go easy on homosexual pedophiles which is worse in the TDSB system where it’s firstly covered up and deny until there is no choice but to call the Police.
    Yes folks, the same Police in Toronto that stand by during the PRIDE parade where Ben Levin watches little children get exposed to the TNT males breaking the 2013 federal laws for Child predators in public.
    The homosexual pedophilie at Maple Leaf Garden that raped many boys had got little condemnation in the media or by the Liberals.
    In fact , when Harper planned to raise the age for consent from 14 to 16 to deal with those over 19 wanting sex with these children ….. I witnessed Irwin Cotler at a hearing to denounce it because he said that SOME homosexual practices would be criminalized .
    That comment never made the evening News , but if Harper said the age limit going was was to deter some gays sex I can bet you the CBC would have raked him over the coals.

    How sad that we have males in their 20’s that want to report a homosexual pedophilie that raped them in school or a Hockey rink , and they see how the Police provide security for during PRIDE to the same types of men getting their jollies exposing them self on Yonge street while little girls and boys are there.
    The TDSB promote PRIDE in the schools as a Family Event , well…maybe for Gord Stuckless, John Gacy , Wayne Williams and Ben Levin and Wynne.
    But child-abuse and sexual predators used to go to jail… but not in the new Ontario with the rainbow coalition groups and CAMH wanting to make Pedophilia a Mental Illness from birth and not a crime until a child is harmed.

  • B.

    The Peterborough Examiner story is much more specific and graphic. Can’t believe the sentence. http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2015/08/26/former-teacher-barton-pleads-guilty-to-sex-charge

  • David Murrell

    The end of the posted article mentions that the lesbian pedophile “lost her job”. Perhaps Kathleen Wynne can pull some strings and get her job back. We have a corrupt provincial government, you know.