Rhonda Eisenberg, Greeley teacher, busted after student allegedly fathered her child

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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"Not so glad to be home," Greeley high school teacher Rhonda Eisenberg wrote on the wall of her Facebook page this past Saturday, after returning from an enjoyable trip to Lake Dillon and Vail. But she may have a different point of view on that sentiment this morning, given that she was booked into the Weld County Jail yesterday afternoon after allegedly admitting that she'd had a child with one of her students, who was seventeen at the time.

The scoop comes courtesy of the Greeley Tribune, which notes that Eisenberg, 44, has taught Spanish at Northridge High School since 2000 -- a gig she supplemented with instruction in the subject at the Engage Online Academy.

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Another image of Eisenberg from her Facebook page.
As for the student in question, he's now nineteen and living in the United States, but he's not being identified by local law enforcement because he was a juvenile during the period between June and September of 2010, when Eisenberg served as his guardian. His parents were living in Mexico at the time.

The close proximity between the teen and the teacher allegedly translated to horizontal activities. She subsequently gave birth to a child -- presumably the young girl whose photos are prominently displayed on Eisenberg's Facebook page; she's named in the wall posts, but we're leaving her moniker and pics out of this item.

The child's identity became a police matter on Friday, when an anonymous online tip asserted that Eisenberg's baby had been fathered by a student. The tipster noted that the child had Hispanic features and expressed concern that Eisenberg continued to interact with teenage boys on a daily basis.

Not anymore. As of yesterday, she was suspended from her job at Northridge -- an action that could prove permanent should the accusations against her be proven. She's been charged with sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, plus a similar count focusing on a pattern of abuse.

Her legal troubles provide a different angle on some of Eisenberg's Facebook posts -- including one from May that asks, "Time to leave Greeley?" It's a question that may well linger over the course of what's likely to be an uncomfortable journey through the local criminal justice system.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Courtney Bowles: Fort Collins teacher busted naked with student getting national exposure."


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He lived with her for over a year and a half.  He was only under her guardianship the last four months because the paperwork took so long.  What was she doing for all those months?  Seducing, manipulating, etc... What about her own teenage kids?  A seventeen year old can certainly decide who they want to have sex with, but it does not mean that they weren't played.  44 year old teacher that should be committed to the well being of each teen that comes in her path should have considered what this does to her own children and the one she vowed to take care of.  

BlisteredBooty
BlisteredBooty

Keeping it above the waist between students and teachers should be an obvious thing to anyone. I think she should lose her job, but ought not serve any jail time for this crime.  She did abuse her position of authority, but this isn't a Mary Kay LeTourneau type situation where the boy wasn't even a teen at the time of the first sexual encounter.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The legal age of consent in Colorado is 17 (seventeen).

 

The only reason this is considered a "crime" is because those in "positions of trust" over their consenting sex partners must wait until that partner is 18.

 

As if something magical happens on one's 18th Birthday, where they would suddenly renounce what they were willingly doing the day before.

 

LOL!

 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I'll put you down as an enthusiastic supporter of the criminalization of our society.  The US is already number one in incarceration in the world -- so much for "the land of the free" -- but you and your ilk would put so many people in prison that we would have to import prison guards from the Third World.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"The good teachers who care are not even allowed to offer an encouraging hug to a needy student because of people like this" -- I think it makes more sense to blame Good Germans, who never question edicts from above, but cobble together and/or mouth idiotic justifications for the imbeciles administering our failed educational system.  The diversity of opinion expressed here, while not entirely edifying, should make you reconsider your blind acceptance of our irrational laws, but there is not a hint in your post that you want to reform anything other than humans' sexual attraction to youth.

Brett Murray
Brett Murray

Right "on fire".  I taught for 16 yrs and worked closely with AFT and this behavior is sickening.  As your wife is a teacher you know how difficult a job it is teaching in many school districts in this country.  This only makes the honest hard working teachers job harder.  The good teachers who care are not even allowed to offer an encouraging hug to a needy student because of people like this.   I don't know what this high school knew or didn't know but don't you think it was odd that she was requesting legal guardianship for one of her own students?  And didn't that raise some flags in the school administration?  I wouldn't be surprised to find out her motive was to keep her young lover close since he would have returned to Mexico with his parents. Lets face facts...this incident doesn't happen if the adult, the teacher, the guardian in this case Miss Eisenberg says it doesn't but not only did it happen but apparently 30 times!  And yes those that are celebrating this should hope that they never have a loved one abused by a person in a postion of trust.    

Brett Murray
Brett Murray

Under the law she had legal guardianship of this student.  Does not matter if the "victim" was 17 and consenting.  He was a student and she a teacher in the same school.  The law takes a dim view of those who abuse this is going to sink her.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

"folks who like to judge other people" include at least most of the human race!  There is no prospect of societies ceasing to pass judgment on their members, but some of basing laws on reason rather than morality.  Thanks to ex-Representative Norma Anderson (R-Lakewood) and people like her, we multiplied our laws against sex, broadened them, and extended punishments for them to an absurd extent.  The solution is not to withhold judgment, but to revile those who support these laws and demand that our representatives change them.

Gunnar Webber
Gunnar Webber

Where was I when these teachers were assaulting their students? Total ripoff!

Nobody
Nobody

She was my 8th grade Spanish teacher, and I can assure you that she doesn't have the capacity for "assault". If anything, this was a true love story that didn't subscribe to our pilgram notions of sex. For the love of God (through that in for you bible beating Greeley folks), show some critical thinking skills that would show this was an inappropriate relationship, but the last time I checked "inappropriate" was reserved for use by folks who like to judge other people.

Disgustipated
Disgustipated

The fact that anyone could consider this horse-faced slattern as even moderately attractive speaks volumes. There is a reason this fugly bitch had to rape a minor -- no sane adult male would have her. You're welcome to all of her you can handle. Ugh. I feel sorry for the kid: fending off this horny hag must have been night impossible if she was his guardian. I'm sure he would have much rather been off caressing some nubile, pretty young thing closer his own age.

mcnertny
mcnertny

i had one,,somehow I could never quite call her a criminal LOL,,tho to this day I think about the experience,,,my suggestion for the local teacher is to plead insanity,,shes just crazy about that young stuff,,,goodnight miss rog wherever you are

my2cents
my2cents

The main issue is in fact that he was a student at the time and under her "guardianship" .  Yes it is completely inappropriate.  Would you want to know a teacher had done this to your child when you left them in their care...don't think so...doesn't matter how nice of a teacher she is or was, she should have been smart enough not to become involved with the student.

amatoryrose
amatoryrose

I feel the same way as you. I was around during this situation and I will never think of her as being a sexual predator.

observant_reader
observant_reader

$10 says "Disgustipated" ugly diatribe is matched only by their ugly face.  

 

Maybe she screws teenagers because the menu of available men in their 40s mostly consists of bitter overweight men who spend their days haunting message boards posting the ugliest and more hateful vitriole their simple minds can generate.  

 

Methinks so much bitterness comes from knowing these women would prefer awkward teenage bumbling to anything they could get from a man their age. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents 

The legal age of consent in Colorado is 17 (seventeen).

 

The only reason why this is being prosecuted is a newer provision in the puritanical sex laws that raised the age to 18 if one of the consensual partners is "in a position of trust" over the other.

 

So, if they had waited a few months to have sex, there would be no "crime".

 

What -- exactly -- magically happens in psycho-emotional development during those few months when the consenting party turns 18 ?

 

 

my2cents
my2cents

It would appear she was into boys, not girls, you would probably never have known had it not been for this write up.

my2cents
my2cents

btw Donkey, I don't always agree with your perspective, but want to say I appreciate being able to discuss this on the level that we have.

my2cents
my2cents

I find it only slightly less abhorrent that a teacher *guardian*  had sex with him, as opposed to a parent *legal guardian* .... I have no problem with a monogamous procreative relationship more power to them, however, she should have been smarter and waited until he was 18 and no longer his guardian.... guess she couldn't wait that 364 days until she was no longer his guardian.

 

It was not the indiscriminate sex I had the issue with.  Of course as a parent I would hope that I had taught him to be a little more discriminate in who he slept with.

my2cents
my2cents

In truth, I have no problem with the age thing, my uncle at the age of 60 married a verty mature 18 year old, granted the age gap was certainly disconcerting, however, they were happily married for nearly 20 years until his passing. 

 

I have no delusions about teenagers having sex, I have a 23 yr old son, not like I didn't know he was having sex as a teenager, guess I lucked out in that I am not currently a grandmother.    I also have a teenage daughter. Of course I also taught him to use protection, as I am teaching my daughter.   

 

I certainly would want my children to be happy of course, and in a secure relationship, even with an older man or woman, but I would still have a major issue of having put my trust into an adult that wound up having a sexual relationship with my son or daughter that  I put into their care.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents If the choices were -- gender reversed -- that she was having sex with 100s of immature sex-charged simians her own age, or a monogamous mutually respectful relationship, the latter would be logically and rationally preferable.

 

Your primary mental conflict seem to be discomfort with the fact that teenagers -- and much younger than 17 -- are having sex ... lots and lots of sex, often multiple times per day.

 

Once you accept that reality -- then it's just a matter of whom you'd prefer their partners to be.

 

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my2cents
my2cents

So would you trust the guardianship of your 17 yr old daughter to a 44 yr old teacher if you knew they were going to be having sex with her?  Would you be so relaxed in the thought that she is only having sex with the teacher, because you trust them?  and not 100+ other guys from CO? 

my2cents
my2cents

Well, first it is only an assumption that he would be out having indiscrimate sex with someone every single day.  Second, as a parent I am putting my trust in someone to take care of my son....no "take care" of his sexual needs.   But it also strikes me, you are only looking at this from the perspective of a hormonal 17 yr old that got lucky with his guardian. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents 

 

Fascinating ... irrational ... illogical ... but fascinating.

 

What causes the Female mind to bend and twist reality so?

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents So you wouldn't "trust" anyone your 17 yr old son slept with?

 

 

my2cents
my2cents

Sorry, but my trust would be lost the minute I found out they were sleeping together.

my2cents
my2cents

I see the argument you are trying to make, but for me personally, no I would still rather him not be having sex with a teacher at his school or the person I had trusted guardianship.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents 

 

If you sent your 17 year old male son to a foreign country to live with a person you trust -- would you prefer that your 17 year old son be having daily sex with any variety of indiscriminate sex partners, or be involved in a monogamous procreative relationship with the very person whom both you and they trust?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents Why is banging every skirt in Colorado "less abhorrent" than a monogamous procreative relationship with one person -- a person that both you and he "trust" ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents So you wouldn't mind if they "watched out" while your son had indiscriminate sex with a different sex partner every single day ... so long as it wasn't with that one particular person, eh?

 

 

my2cents
my2cents

I can appreciate what you are saying, however, my question is, would this be how you would want the guardian of your child/teenager to treat your child... it always seem to be ok for a grown woman to do this with a young man (all the oh, man where was she when I was 16/17)... but, would we still see it the same way, if it were a 17 girl that a 44 yr old "guardian" was having sex with... no I don't think so.

my2cents
my2cents

Oh there is no argument concerning the age of the young man, I believe at 17 you are old enough to make that decision.

 

However, if I as a parent, put my trust into an adult to watch out for my son, watching out for him does not include sex.  I just think it would have been smarter on her part, not to have done it to start, it isn't like she didn't know what could happen if someone found out.  

 

You are right though, he could have been banging every skirt in CO, but none of them would have been his guardian.... to me that is only slightly less abhorant, than a parent "legal guardian" having sex with a child / teenage. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@SchoolYou prefer that teenagers have sex with people they don't trust?

 

18 is still a teen ... and legal for a person in a position of trust.

 

17 is legal for everyone else.

 

Do tell, exactly what changes when the on that magical day when the person turn from 17 years and 364 days old to 17 and 365 days -- i.e. 18 ?

 

Who better to engage in an intimate act of pleasure with than someone who is trusted ?

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents 

 

If he was a consenting partner, what difference does it make?

 

The 17 year old could have been having sex with ANYONE else from age 15 up to 100+ under Colorado law. He could have been banging and impregnating a different person every day if he wanted.

 

Why can't he legally engage in the one person he obviously was attracted to, simply because he was staying at her house on a student exchange type arrangement?

 

my2cents
my2cents

I really don't think there would have been an issue with her except for the fact she was legally his "guardian".  I don't believe it had much to do with his age because it is in CO and at 17 legally consentable.    I'm not sure what magically happens at 18...lol...

School
School

 @DonkeyHotay

 

Why do you want people to have sex with teens that they are in a position of trust with?

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