That's the question a judge has given an Alabama teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenager as part of a plea deal before allegedly taking to Facebook and declaring her innocence.
"IF I were guilty and IF there were ANY evidence then I would be in jail right now. The plea was the best decision for my family," read the post from Jennifer McNeill's Facebook account,according to AL.com.
Statement Analysis: We look for a reliable denial. Here, the writer of the post allows for the possibility of guilt.
The message appeared one day after the former Throsby teacher pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy charges involving a 14-year-old boy in May.
"Those of you that understand the law know exactly what I am talking about," the message continued. "The truth will eventually come out. A lie can't live forever."
Why make us wait until "eventually"? Why not tell us the truth now?
The post was written under the name Jennifer Henry, which prosecutors showed during Wednesday's court hearing is the name listed on McNeill's driver's license, the Clanton Advertiser reported.
McNeill's attorney, Angie Collins, said McNeill denied posting the message and instead told the judge that the victim and two of his relatives had access to McNeill's Facebook account.