Kelsey Peterson's Attorney Blames Child Rape Victim's "Latino Machismo"

Kelsey Peterson, a 26-year-old 6th grade math teacher, plead guilty yesterday to having a sexual relationship with her 12-year-old student, Fernando Rodriguez, and fleeing with the boy to Mexico to evade the police. This morning, Peterson's lawyer, James Martin Davis, argued in an interview with Star Jones that the boy is to blame, saying, "I resent the term 'child.' You're baby-fying this kid. This kid is a Latino machismo teenager." In the clip above, Davis explains to Good Morning America how the boy was actually Peterson's pursuer, not her victim. (On a side note, Peterson's parents and ex-husband are fighting for custody of her daughter. She left the 8-year-old girl with her parents when she fled to Mexico.)

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@rednrowdy: He's a kid and a male at that. That clip or any interview is only a short amount of time in this child's life. Even if he looks completely well adjusted on tape, it does not mean he isn't suffereing otherwise.

You can not judge how well someone is functioning by one moment in time. You also can't tell if the person is pretending to be fine since our culture awards males who boast of their sexual experiences especially with their teachers.