Florida Teacher Sentenced To Three Years For Lewd and Lascivious Battery

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Barry Cohen sentenced a remorseful Dejean Myrtil, 29, to three years in state prison for three counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of battery of a child.The sex between the Boynton Beach charter high school employee and the sophomore student broke the law. But because the victim was a “willing participant,” Myrtil received a much lower sentence than normal.

In many sex crimes cases, the person charged with a crime is simply someone who acted unwisely on impulse. Many of these kinds of cases involve teachers who give into temptations they have and are aroused by mature looking students who attract them. For many, it is hard to say no. imagesCA12MPMU.jpg

Many times, the court will require an unreasonable bond, because the accused is painted as an alleged danger to society, especially in and situations involving school teachers, who have authority over a student, and are well known at their school by the students. However, just because the school has initiated investigatory proceedings for an alleged sex crime, that does not mean that should be treated any different than that of any other defendant charged with the same crime. One has rights.

Many Jacksonville sex crime defendants will face the same type of treatment from Prosecutors who can be over-zealous. The only logical choice in this situation is to fight the charge. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville sex crimes attorney to fight the case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a sex crimes charge. Defend yourself.

An experienced defense attorney with local knowledge should be able to counsel a client or prospective client on the probability of success. One’s opportunity for an early termination certainly increases if the victim and the state attorney do not oppose the motion for early termination. In the motion, the defense attorney should state at the bottom of the motion if the prosecutor is opposed to the early termination request.

Conviction of a sex crime can mean mandatory and often substantial prison time, and lifetime registration as a sex offender or sexual predator. Even after one completes one’s sentence, one may have difficulty finding employment and a place to live. One needs technical knowledge and experience to defend against these devastating charges.

In this case, Myrtil pled to three counts of lewd and lascivious battery and was sentenced to three years of state penitentary. From this example, one can see that not only did Myrtil received some punishment, but also received a far-lighter sentence than what he was originally exposed to. Though sometimes controversial, Judges may be more favorable to a defendant who shows remorse and progress in the right direction.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source:Former Boynton school employee sentenced to three years on sex crimes, Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel