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'Student Seduction' true story possibly based on Beth Friedman-Donny Vaden case

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"Student Seduction" aka "Inappropriate Behavior" is a Lifetime movie that could possibly be loosely based on the true story of Teacher Beth Friedman. The movie first aired on Lifetime in 2003 and is said to be based on facts, according to the New York Times. It is directed by Peter Svatek and written by Edithe Swensen. The cast stars: Corey Sevier, Rick Roberts and Elizabeth Berkley as Christie Dawson.

Student Seduction" synopsis/plot

When a new, beautiful high school teacher arrives at the school, she is instantly a hit with all the students. But, the young teacher finds herself in hot water when she is accused of sexually molesting a boy in her chemistry class. Did the teacher really sexually assault this male student or is this just a case of inappropriate behavior?

According to the Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives, the movie is strikingly similar to a 1999 case in Florida where a teacher was accused of sexually assaulting one of her students. According to court records, Beth Friedman, 40, was accused of molesting her 15 year-old student Donny Vaden. Vaden told police that he engaged in an 18 month sexual relationship with his teacher, and that she offered him gifts, pizza, and cash to keep the relationship a secret, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Other students and teachers at the school also told police that they felt something was "inappropriate" about the relationship that Beth Friedman had with Donny Vaden.

In 2002, she was sentenced to a year in prison for giving the student alcohol but was acquitted of the sexual assault charge.


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