Stephanie Ragusa, 28: Math teacher at Martinez Middle School in Lutz, Fla., was arrested March 13, 2008, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. She reportedly met the boy on campus while working as a special education teacher at Davidsen Middle School the previous schoolyear. Ragusa allegedly had sex with the student twice in her car and once in her apartment between October 2006 and May 2007. An arrest affidavit from investigators says the victim's story was verified by his knowledge of tattoos of a flower and an insect on Ragusa that are visible only if she is undressed. She was arrested a second time on April 15, 2008, for sex with another boy, and then while free on bail, was arrested a third time on April 28 for allegedly having sex yet again with one of her previous victims. On June 28, 2010, she was sentenced to 10 years prison by Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe, who described Ragusa's courtroom demeanor as arrogant. "You had a very lackadaisical attitude on your face, smiling, jovial," Tharpe said. "If I had to sum up your attitude in one word, it would be arrogance. I don't know as we stand here today that you truly appreciate the harm that you caused. I honestly believe, Ms. Ragusa, that you are a sexual predator. And I honestly believe that you are a danger to children in our community."
Shebana Rajput, 35: Biology and physical science instructor since August 2005 at Jones Senior High School in Trenton, N.C., resigned her position May 21, 2008 – just two days before she was arrested in her home for alleged sexual conduct with a 17-year-old student whose gender was not released. Sheriff's officials say she had sexual relations with the teen in her home on nine separate occasions between March and May of 2008. Rajput was charged with eight counts of sexual activity with a student and one count of sex offense with a student. She was held on $100,000 bail as authorities looked into the possibility she was involved with additional students
Kristy Sanchez-Trujillo, 33: Seventh-grade social studies teacher at Jimmy Carter Middle School in Albuquerque was arrested Oct. 28, 2009, for rape over accusations she had sex with one of her students, a 13-year-old boy. "Miss Sanchez-Trujillo confided in another teacher that she was having an inappropriate relationship with a student," a police officer said. "That teacher thankfully came forward immediately, told police." The single mother of three reportedly told police the pair had sex in the backseat of her SUV at "our spot," and that it was "loving and caring." The boy, whom she described as "a 25-year-old in a 13-year-old's body," "was more experienced than any man she's had sex with," police report her saying.
Alison Peck, 23: Former teacher at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Mo., was charged May 22, 2009, in Green County with statuatory rape after convincing two friends to help her spend a night at a motel in Springfield with a 16-year-old boy who used to be her student. Peck had already been charged in Dade County on May 14 with having sexual relations with the boy at a park in that county sometime between January and March. On the day after receiving that citation, she arranged with friends to meet the boy at the Springfield motel. On May 17, she was charged with statuatory sodomy and statuatory rape because the boy told the detective that he had liaisons with Peck at her home in Mount Vernon. Judges have set bonds of $2,500 in Dade County, $10,000 in Lawrence County, and $200,000 in Greene County and Leo has been issued a no-contact order, told to stay 1,000 feet away from the boy's home and school and to surrender her passport.
Margaret De Barraicua, 30: Sacramento, Calif., area woman arrested in February 2005 after police found her having sex with a 16-year-old male student in her car while the woman's toddler was strapped into a seat in the back. She pleaded guilty to four felony counts of statutory rape and in November 2005 was sentenced to a year in jail and five years formal probation.
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Amy Northcutt, 26: Former history teacher at Turlock Christian School in Turlock, Calif. was arrested on June 2, 2008, along with her husband, Justin Northcutt, 27, a substitute teacher at the same school, for sending erotic text messages to a 16-year-old female student and attempting to arrange group sex with her. Police were called in when the girl's mother became suspicious of Mr. Nothcutt's attention toward her daughter.
Lisa Robyn Marinelli, 40: An educator in Tampa Bay, the investigation into her activities was launched after a 17-year-old boy's father told investigators he saw his son "holding his pants together and putting them back in place" after getting out of Marinelli's 2007 Chrysler 300. Spokesman Kevin Doll of the Pasco County sheriff's office said she was arrested March 24, 2008, and accused of unlawful sex with a minor. She also is accused of giving the boy a pair of underwear as a memento. Marinelli was the third Tampa Bay area teacher to be charged in a short period of time with a sex-related crime against a minor. In Hillsborough County, former Davidsen Middle School math teacher Stephanie Ragusa and Freedom High English teacher Mary Jo Spack of Wesley Chapel were accused of having sex with underage students.
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Felicia Killings, 27 A Fairfield,Calif teacher is facing eight felony counts after being arrested on charges of having sexual relations with a minor, police said.Vallejo police said they arrested Felicia Killings, 27, Tuesday at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield.Killings was booked into the Solano County Jail but is now out on bail.She faces felony charges that include having sex with a minor and oral copulation, police said.According to the school's website, Killings is an English teacher.Vallejo police are investigating the case because they believe many of the crimes took place at Killings' home.
Jennifer Riojas, 26-year-old former teacher at Carter-Riverside High School, Fort Worth, Texas has pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship between an educator and a student. She accepted six years' deferred adjudication and probation, and forfeits her teaching certificate in Texas.According to the arrest affidavit, Riojas had sex with an underage football player who she taught last year Fort Worth police said the student came forward because he was worried that he could be the father of Riojas’ unborn child. The student told police they had sexual intercourse for the first time when he was hospitalized for a football injury when he was 16 years old. Riojas and the student, who is now 17, also had sex at different hotels near Northeast Mall, according to the arrest affidavit. So far Riojas has denied the allegations. She said that her relationship with the students may have been too friendly but denied doing anything inappropriate. It is not known who the father of Riojas’ unborn child is.
Hope Jacoby, 23: The athletic trainer at Tustin High School in Orange County, Calif., was arrested Christmas Eve 2008 on suspicion of oral copulation of a minor and unlawful sex with a minor. Jacoby had worked with athletes at the school for the last year. "Even though the age gap may be fairly close, it's still illegal and we will arrest," a Sheriff's Department spokesman said. On July 29, 2009, Jacoby was sentenced to three years of informal probation and 240 hours of community service for her crime.
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Pamela Rogers Turner, 27: Former model and beauty-pageant contestant also taught at Centertown Elementary School in McMinnville, Tenn. She was arrested in February 2005 for allegedly having a three-month sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. She resigned her teaching position and was charged with 15 counts of sexual battery and 13 counts of statutory rape. Originally sentenced to 270 days in August 2005, she got in additional trouble in April 2006 for sending text messages, nude photos, and sex videos of herself to the same boy while using her father's cellphone. In July 2006, she was sentenced to serve eight years for violating her probation, and in January 2007, was given an additional two years for sending the photos.
Sarah Jones - The Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad, known as the Ben-Gals, just completed the final round of tryouts for the 2012 squad. The auditions were open to all, including members of the 2011 squad as returning Ben-Gals are all required to try out again each year. It seems safe to assume that current Ben-Gal Team Captain Sarah Jones, currently awaiting trial for first degree sexual abuse, will not be among those chosen for 2012 Ben-Gals. Sarah Jones' has been charged with having sexual relations with a minor - a student of hers when she was a teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Kentucky. Though it is not known if Jones attended try outs for the Ben-Gals again this year, the final round took place this weekend May 19th. It seems Jones would be at a disadvantage physically, as she is court ordered to wear a cumbersome electronic ankle bracelet. Jones appealed this restriction on Monday, along with a ban on her being allowed to text or drink alcohol, but the judge refused to budge. Regardless of whether Jones did try out for the 2012 Ben-Gal squad, and even if she was able to perform routines with finesse despite her clunky ankle jewelry, Jones should no longer be eligible to cheer for the Cincinnati Bengals. The General Information posted on Cincinnati Bengals website in regards to the Ben-Gal Cheerleaders clearly states that all candidates must "Represent the Cincinnati Bengals organization by actively supporting the team, values and goals of the Club." It seems the actions of Sarah Jones clearly violate this code of conduct. Having sex with a minor, and even worse a student at a school where she taught, is above and beyond a lack of good values. Hopefully the 2012 Ben-Gal squad will be announced soon, and without Sarah Jones among them. At least at that point the national media, which is so fervently covering her case, will begin referring to her as a former Ben-Gal cheerleader.
Debra LaFave, 25: Tampa, Fla., area teacher received no jail time despite having sex with her 14-year-old male student in a classroom and her Hillsborough County home. In another county, Marion, she was accused of having sex with the boy in an SUV. LaFave claimed at a March 2006 news conference she had a bipolar disorder. The boy's father said LaFave should have received prison time in her plea deal, noting, "It's a horrible, ugly thing that she's done."