Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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."
Kathryn Camille Murray
A former middle school teacher in Texas was sentenced to a year in county jail Tuesday for having a sexual relationship with a student she tutored. Kathryn Camille Murray, 31, pleaded guilty last month to charges of inappropriate relationship with a student and sexual assault of a child. Prosecutors said Murray had sex with the teen at least four times beginning when he was 15. Murray originally came under investigation in 2012, and was fired from her job at Memorial Middle School in Houston. Police learned that Murray had sex with the boy twice in her classroom when she was supposed to be tutoring him in Language Arts, according to KHOU. They also had sex in a hotel the night of a school dance, and once at his parents' house while his parents were away. According to the Houston Chronicle, Murray closed her bank account and planned to flee to Mexico shortly before she was arrested in February 2012.
The affair continued even after a judge ordered Murray not to see the boy. In January 2013, Murray faced charges of harboring a runaway after police came to her father's house and caught the teen, then 16, leaving out the back door. Murray's bond was revoked after the January 2013 incident, and she was jailed.
The victim's parents said their son is confused, has been suicidal, and has conflicting feelings about his former teacher. At one point, the victim said he was in love with Murray, according to a separate KHOU report.
A former Los Angeles substitute high school teacher had sex with two underage boys and took one teen to Disneyland to reel him in, prosecutors said Tuesday. Michelle Yeh, 28, was arrested July 17 on suspicion that she sexually abused one 15-year-old student at San Pedro High School, where she taught science this past year. But prosecutors now allege that she had unlawful sex with two male minors and molested two other boys, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office. The former teacher took one boy on the Disneyland trip, met another at a hotel and bought several boys gifts in order to pursue relationships with them, prosecutors said. Authorities charged Yeh on Tuesday with unlawful sex with two minors. She faces four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16, two counts of oral copulation of a minor under 16, and two counts of a lewd act on a child 15 years of age in the alleged targeting of the two victims.
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
In a most disturbing police report, a Florida piano teacher has been arrested in light of pedaling sexually explicit breastfeeding videos involving an infant. Leigh Felten, 31, was arrested in Tallahassee for abusing the child. The pianist was busted after a Wisconsin man was found in possession of several videos featuring Felten. He paid for the videos using a PayPal account, according to KSDK."The videos displayed Felten breast feeding an infant and rubbing oil on herself and the child along with other sexually natured acts, etc.," Wisconsin's Crawford County Sheriff's Office said in a release Tuesday. It was also reported that the video was "clearly not done for the purpose of education or artistic display," according to a lieutenant with the Crawford County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin. They added: "Based on the content, and the fact it is being sold by Felten, it is clear this video is for sexual purposes." In the video, Felten is seen in several clips pouring oil herself and a child as she breastfed it.
The man was caught by his wife, coincidentally enough. She told authorities,that Felten and he had planned to meet for sex. The teacher taught children between the ages of 5 and 18. The Leon County Sheriff's Office booked her on four charges, all of which apply to behavior inappropriate for infants and children. The charges include cruelty toward a child or allowing a child to engage in sex; lewd lascivious battery involving a victim less than 16 years of age; possession of obscene material which promotes a child performing sex; and sexual offense against a child less than 12 years of age.
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.
Christie David, 32, has been charged with sexual battery after allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with one of her students. A high school teacher has been fired after allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of her 15-year-old students. Christie David, 32, of Cleveland, Tenn. was indicted by a grand jury and arrested on Tuesday, according to the Times Free Press. Details of the relationship were not released by authorities, but the Cleveland Daily Banner reports that David was fired from her job as a language arts teacher at Walker Valley High School after she was arrested on a charge of sexual battery by an authority figure. The Daily Mail reports that police started investigating David after receiving a tip in late September. David is married and, in addition to her job at Walker Valley High, she also reportedly taught a spin class at her local YMCA. When the Daily Mail placed a call to the YMCA, the person who answered seemed startled by the accusations."Are you sure you are asking for the right person?" she said. "That doesn't sound like the Christie David I know."
A former Bryant High School teacher will spend time behind bars. Police say Courtney Speer abused her trust and had a sexual relationship with a student, starting in the summer of 2012.
Family and friends gathered around Courtney Speer Monday as they waited for her turn in court. By the looks of it, they attempted to shield her from the camera.The investigation started when Bryant police were notified of the allegations by a school resource officer. At the time, the teen was Speer's former student. October 1, 2012, Speer resigned from the Bryant School District. Two days later, the 31-year old mother of two, was charged with having sex with a 17-year old. She turned herself in, only to be released in minutes after paying a percentage of the 20-thousand dollar bond. That same week, Speer's husband of 10-years filed for divorce. According to statements made to police by the teen, the first sexual encounter was in the school parking lot. It reportedly happened at least six times, four times her car in Bryant and twice at her family home in Benton. Monday afternoon, Speer walked out of the Saline County Courthouse in hand cuffs. She plead guilty to four of the six counts of sexual assault in the second degree. Although she has been sentenced to 15 years at an Arkansas Department of Correction facility, 8 are suspended. She will have to serve seven years.Speer has two children with her ex-husband.
A South Carolina teacher has been sentenced after she pleaded guilty to sexual battery with a student 16 or 17 years of age with no aggravated force or coercion. Kinsley Wentzky worked for the Dreher School District for seven years before she was fired. The English teacher was initially arrested for sex with not one, but two 17-year-old boys. The extra-curricular activities with the students began back in May of 2012. In South Carolina the age of consent is 16. But it’s not legal to sleep with your 16 or 17-year-old students.Wentzky was arrested in January of 2013 when on of the students’ mothers reported their relationship to the authorities. Both Wentzky and the student admitted to the “intimate” relationship that took place at both the students’ and the teacher’s homes.
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.
A substitute teacher in Washington, D.C., has been arrested after a 17-year-old junior allegedly recorded a sexual encounter with the teacher and shared the video with members of his football team, reports CBS DC. The sexual encounter allegedly happened in an Options Public Charter School classroom.The student says he flirted with Greene and gave her his cell phone number. Shortly afterwards, he says he got a text message from her. Though he has since erased the messages, he recalls that he asked her if she was "kinky," and that she responded by saying "I don't tell I show." Around 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17, he says he went to Greene's classroom and they engaged in sexual acts. The student recorded the encounter.
Meghan Eagan, 25, a teacher at Crosby High School in Waterbury, Conn., was arrested on four counts of sexual assault for carrying on trysts with a male student at her home, the Waterbury Police Department said. Eagan and the student allegedly engaged in the illicit activity from the end of December through January - none of their encounters occured on school grounds, police said.
In her mug shot, Eagan donned a loose-fitting beige Superman shirt and appeared unfazed by her arrest. Several students took to Twitter to express their shock — and adolescent amusement at Eagan’s arrest. “Ms Eagan had sex with a student hahahahahahaha i knew it,” wrote @ki_araa.
She has been placed on administrative leave pending the probe, and she posted the $100,000 bond. Eagan is due back in court on Feb. 25, police said.
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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.
Carrie McCandless, a former teacher at Brighton Charter High school in Colorado has been arrested for a second time following her conviction for having sex with a student.
McCandless was convicted in the summer of 2007 after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 17 year old student during a class trip to Estes Park, Colorado. Police recovered saucy and intimate text message conversations that the teacher and student had exchanged with one another during the course of their relationship. As a result of her conviction, McCandless was sentenced to 45 days in jail, required to register as a sex offender and was ordered to submit to enhanced supervision of her activities for 5 years. This supervision required that she notify parole officers before engaging in sexual relations with unreported parties. McCandless was jailed again in March, 2008, after a Weld County probation officer found her in bed at the apartment of another parolee on March 6th. According to police, the fellow offender was not McCandless' husband and therefor violated the terms of her parole. As a result, she was sentenced to 30 days in jail. McCandless, who is still married to Brighton Charter High School's principal Chris McCandless, was booked into the Larimer County Jail on Friday. She is scheduled for a disposition hearing on May 19.
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.
Two female basketball coaches turned a Catholic secondary school into Horndog High, bedding students for years under the watch of a skirt-chasing athletic director, according to an alleged victim and three school sources. Among the claims is that Megan Mahoney, a former assistant women’s basketball coach and gym teacher, had a months-long sexual relationship last year with a 16-year-old student; and that Richard Postiglione, Moore’s athletic director and chief operating officer, failed to report multiple faculty-student affairs to authorities beginning as early as 2006, though he and the principal were told of the randy romps.Mahoney, 25, who was also the assistant athletic director at the 450-student school in the Bulls Head section, would pick him up and take him to secluded spots to have sex, the boy said. “We would just drive around and [do it] in the car,” he said. He said the two never talked about the illegal or inappropriate nature of their relationship. “That never came up,” he said. “We were never boyfriend-girlfriend,” he said. “It was cool. I knew it wasn’t going anywhere. I told my best friend and like three kids.” The school sources claimed Mahoney bedded another 16-year-old boy in 2012, but nothing was done about that relationship. Around 2006 or 2007, they said, another female coach under Postiglione was reported sleeping with a female student. “Rich knew about it in the first year and let it continue for four more years,” the source said. He forced the coach to sign “an agreement … to stop.” But the relationship continued and the coach eventually resigned under pressure, the school sources said.
Tanya Ramirez, the former King High School teacher who turned herself into police Tuesday and was charged with improper relationship between a student and educator, was released from jail just after noon Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bond.
Ramirez is accused of having sex with a 17-year old student while she was employed as a teacher and coach at King High School. Now, she faces second-degree felony charges that could land her in prison for up to 20 years, and have her teacher certification taken away
Allison Marchese posted this and other suggestive photos to Instagram She was a respected teacher that teens looked up to -- the kind that they'd ask to write college their recommendation letters -- but now she faces sex abuse charges involving two students.
In court Tuesday, Allison Marchese, 37, pleaded not guilty to second degree sexual assault, risk of injury and impairing the morals of a child.
She turned herself in to police Feb. 12, following an investigation that began in January after a staff member learned of the allegations.
The mother of two is accused of stalking two students at Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Connecticut, where she taught English since 2003. Police say she sent the boys, ages 15 and 17, inappropriate photos and messages on social media. Police said that Marchese got to know one alleged victim, the 17-year-old, through summer football conditioning workouts at the school, which she supervised and he attended, according to WFSB. Investigators say things quickly got inappropriate after Marchese, and the boy started following each other on Instagram in the fall of 2014. The boy told police that after Thanksgiving, Marchese started sending him "weird" sexual messages. She also shared partially nude selfies on Instagram, where numerous students could see them, according to WTNH. Marchese's interactions with the student escalated until one day in December, when she allegedly called the boy to her classroom during school hours, locked the door, closed the blinds, and performed oral sex on him. The victim told police he "freaked out" after that and told Marchese that she could give him $200 to stay silent about their encounter. According to WTNH, Marchese replied with threats, telling him that "her father was an abusive man who had spent time in jail, had contacts in the Mafia and would tell his boys in New York and [the victim] would never play football again." Like the 17-year-old victim, the 15-year-old said his interactions with Marchese started off like a normal student-teacher relationship. He said that they were friendly throughout this freshman year, starting when he was 14, but that by the end of the school year Marchese began messaging him "nonstop" through Instagram. The boy asked her repeatedly to cut it out, according to police. When the boy told her that he just wanted to have a normal, appropriate relationship again, she allegedly replied via Instagram, "I know when to stop, I know when to move on, but 'I know' is different from 'I can.'" Marchese's husband is also a teacher at Daniel Hand High School.
A former small-town teacher was stunned Wednesday to be sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for sex crimes involving a student, her attorney said. “I can’t say that we had ever considered it being that harsh,” said Hollis attorney David Cummins. “It (the sentence) was somewhere in the neighborhood of at least twice what we anticipated.” Harmon County District Judge Richard Darby sentenced Jennifer Caswell, 29, to 15 years in prison with 5 years suspended on each of six crimes involving sex with a 15-year-old student. The sentences are to run at the same time. Caswell pleaded guilty June 1 to three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of enticing a child and one count of forcible sodomy. Because of statutory minimums, Caswell will not become eligible for release for at least 8.5 years. Caswell’s sentence exceeds the prison time served by Mary Kay Letourneau, perhaps the most well-known teacher convicted of rape. Letourneau, who taught in a Seattle suburb, served seven years in prison beginning in 1998 for having sex with a student beginning when he was 12. They are now married. Some Oklahoma educators facing similar crimes have received shorter sentences. Former teacher Kalyn Thompson was given one year in prison for the second-degree rape of an 18-year-old student. Thompson was a 25-year-old English teacher at Kellyville High School when the crime occurred.Former Western Heights Public Schools teacher and coach Tyrone Nash, 36, is serving two years in prison for a 2014 conviction of five counts of second-degree rape and five counts of forcible sodomy with a 17-year-old girl. Caswell, then Jennifer Sexton (her married name), resigned from her job as a middle school English teacher in April 2014 after coming under suspicion for inappropriate conduct with the student. She later admitted they had sex in her classroom. Following her resignation, she had sex with the student several more times, at his house and in her car, court records show. In June 2014, she was arrested in a Mississippi hotel room with the boy, who was spending summer vacation with his mother. The mother for weeks pressed prosecutors to file charges. “I almost feel like this is not being taken seriously because it is a boy and not a girl,” the mother wrote in an email to the district attorney’s office. The boy’s mother said Wednesday she feels like Caswell’s sentence is fair, but the whole situation is sad for all involved. Caswell is also a mother and has a 6-year-old son. The student’s mother is not being identified by The Oklahoman to protect the identity of the boy, a victim of sexual assault. After release from prison, Caswell will be required to register as a sex offender. She also faces a lawsuit in federal court brought by the boy’s father. He accuses her, the Hollis school district, board of education, district Superintendent Jennifer McQueen and Principal Marty Webb of attempting to cover up the abuse. Caswell, in a Corrections Department report, offered an explanation for her conduct. “I was in a very unhappy marriage and I received little to no attention from my husband. While working at Hollis Public Schools, I started receiving attention from a student. I ... reacted poorly and irresponsibly,” she is quoted as saying. She is now divorced. She also told the investigator she would like to teach first or second grade if allowed back in the classroom.
A New Jersey teacher accused of maintaining inappropriate relationships with her students "propositioned" the high schoolers for sex, prosecutors said. A grand jury indicted Nicole McDonough, an English teacher at West Morris Mendham High School, earlier this year on three counts of official misconduct for her alleged "improper" relationships with three 18-year-old students. The 32-year-old had sex with one of three teens in 2014 and engaged in "improper fraternization" with the others in 2013 and 2014, prosecutors said. On Wednesday, prosecutors successfully argued to deny her pretrial intervention, a probation program in which charges can be dismissed without a guilty verdict, NJ.com reported. McDonough "was seeking out sex and propositioning high school students for sex," Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn said at the pre-trial hearing, calling the allegations against her "very troubling." A judge previously denied her the chance at pretrial intervention, but defense attorneys argued that the mandatory prison sentences she faces if found guilty is too harsh for her "victimless crime." The three students "have each said they have not felt victimized," her lawyer Timothy Smith said Wednesday. "If ever there was a victimless crime, this is it," he said. Smith also added that mandatory prison time for McDonough would hurt her family: Her father is battling cancer and needs help, he argued, and the single mom must care for her 6- and 3-year-old kids, whose father is a heroin addict and provides no support to the family. One student's said he had a relationship with Younce that started as subtle flirtation and progressed to "sexual snapping," where the two would send nude photos to each other, according to WJXT in Florida. Four other male students, whose names and ages were redacted, and two assistant principals were also listed on the report. Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan, spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies received information and allegations regarding “inappropriate conversations going on between a teacher and a student.” He said several interviews were being conducted and that the case was turned over to the Special Victims Unit to determine whether there was any criminal wrongdoing.
A 22-year-old former long-term substitute teacher at Hyde Park Middle School will plead guilty to charges she had an affair with a 15-year-old male student, her lawyer said Friday. Tanikka “Bella” Queen will plead guilty to two felonies, one count each of luring a child to engage in a sexual act and sexual conduct by a school employee and a pupil.
The affair was uncovered in March when the parent of a female student, with whom Queen had a friendship, found text messages on the girl’s phone referring to the affair, according to court papers. The boy’s father also became suspicious when his son came home with a hickey. Queen, who taught geography at the middle school near Valley View and Charleston boulevards, initially denied having an affair with her student, according to police reports. In one interview with detectives, Queen described the boy as a troubled eighth-grader who was repeating the grade for the third time. But school district police recovered from a cellphone about 2,400 text messages, 108 phone calls and 38 photographs sent between Queen and the boy that showed a burgeoning love affair that began around Valentine’s Day. “Remember no matter how I act at school I still love you with all my heart,” Queen wrote in one text, according to police. Queen eventually admitted to spending too much time with the boy and kissing him. In one interview, she told detectives she had sex with the boy while she was house sitting for a friend, according to a report.
A teacher's aide is out on bond after being accused of having a sexual encounter with a male student in Pharr. Pharr police booked Andrea Christina Sandoval into the Hidalgo County Jail late Friday morning. The 32-year-old teacher's aide is facing an improper relationship between teacher and student charge. Court records obtained by Action 4 News show that the incident originally happened back on May 29th. Sandoval worked at PSJA Southwest High School where students were given early release on the day of the crime. The teacher's aide allegedly offered a 17-year-old male student a ride home but ended up taking him to her house. Court records show that the two kissed and then performed sexual acts on each other on her sofa. Sandoval was released from custody at the Hidalgo County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond on Friday.
Jessica Bonnett Acker
A 23-year-old teacher has been arrested after being accused of having sex with her 18-year-old student only seven months after tying the knot with another man.
Jessica Bonnett Acker is believed to have been involved in a relationship with the boy while teaching at Bryant High School in Cottondale, Alabama. The pair were both interviewed by police and warrant for Acker's arrest was issued. She turned herself into the authorities the following day.
St. Lucie County elementary school teacher was arrested Friday after a teenager she routinely visited in jail admitted to having a sexual relationship with her, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office deputies said. Quotaysha Jones, 29, of Port St. Lucie, was arrested at Mariposa Elementary School after classes ended. Detectives said Jones visited the 17-year-old boy on 46 occasions, 39 of which were recorded, since his arrest. According to the arrest affidavit, Jones told the teen during one such visit that she misses him and asked if he wanted to see her "booty." According to the report, Jones also told the teen to be ready nine months after he gets out, insinuating that she wanted to have a baby with him. During an interview with detectives, Jones admitted to having a platonic relationship with the boy, now 17. However, the teen told detectives that he has been having sex with Jones since he turned 16.
Emily L. Nesbit
Emily L. Nesbit, 32, of South Middleton Township, was sentenced by Cumberland County Judge Albert Masland to 4 years of probation. The sentence follows a plea agreement struck with the district attorney's office. Nesbit, who was an 11th grade English teacher, pleaded guilty in September to one count of institutional sexual assault for having sexual contact with an 18-year-old male student.
A former special education teacher at Woodlan Jr/Sr High School who admitted to having a relationship with a then 17-year-old was sentenced to three years of probation on Tuesday. Paige Mostella pleaded guilty to a child seduction charge in January. Mostella’s three-year sentence, which is the maximum she could have received, will be suspended and she will serve it on probation. She will also be electronically monitored by community corrections and will have to undergo sex offender counseling.
A lawyer for Maria Contreras, 29, said it’s not true that his client assaulted the 14-year-old special education student. ‘This is the word of a special needs child with serious behaviorism issues,’ the lawyer said. Maria Contreras, 29, was arraigned Sunday and held on $25,000 bail — but her lawyer went on the attack against the paraprofessional’s accuser. Contreras, a married mother of two, is accused of having sex with the boy at least six times. Roughly 40 friends and family showed support for her at the courthouse
Margaret De Barraicua:
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.
Three years after a 14-year-old boy wrote his phone number on a classroom board in hopes of picking up girls, his 34-year-old teacher has pleaded guilty to using those digits to contact him for sex. Former Florida science teacher Irene Khan, a previously married mother of two, confessed to initiating sexual relations with the teen after jotting down his number in 2012, WESH-TV reported. What followed were multiple romps in local motels, her car and apartment over several months' time with the teacher, What followed were multiple romps in local motels, her car and apartment over several months' time with the teacher, he told police. Khan was eventually fired from Imagine Charter School in West Melbourne but not for the sordid sex claims. Before that scandal emerged she was instead reportedly canned for inappropriate behavior in her classroom, which included showing tattoos to students. The ex-teacher, who was charged with lewd and lascivious battery, entered her guilty plea Wednesday. With that plea she was sentenced to two years of community control followed by 10 years of probation.
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.
Dina Casaliggi fell in love with the student at Susan E. Wagner High School in Staten Island, and later admitted to a colleague she’d had sex with him in her car and at her home when her husband was away, an investigation by the Department of Education found.
A high school teacher in Virginia has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage male student. Courtney Stewart, 24, was charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties while in a supervisory role after being arrested Thursday by Richmond police. Stewart is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Huguenot High School male student, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. It's unclear whether the student was in one of Stewart's classes at the high school. According to the school's website, Stewart is an exceptional-education teacher. Stewart, who was released from jail on $1,000 bond, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Cletisha Lovelace, a spokeswoman for Richmond Public Schools told the Times-Dispatch that Stewart started teaching at Huguenot High School at the start of the 2015-16 school year. 'While privacy laws prevent us from sharing specific details, we want to reassure our families that Richmond Public Schools takes these allegations very seriously,' a statement from the school district reads.
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A former Wyoming Valley West English teacher is going to spend time behind bars, and even more time on a state police registry after entering a guilty plea Thursday afternoon in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with students.
The former teacher had been charged with institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors. The Kingston resident was initially arrested by Plymouth police and Luzerne County detectives on Dec. 18 in connection with an alleged encounter with an 18-year-old student. While free on $25,000 unsecured bail, she was arrested twice in January by county detectives and police in Plymouth and Kingston when other male students claimed they had sexual encounters with her.
A 28-year-old former teacher at Westlake High School in Austin allegedly had sex with two different 17-year-old students several times after she met them at a school ministry program and summer camp, according to media reports. The Travis County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Haeli Wey on two felony charges of improper relationship between an educator and student on Thursday, according to Roger Wade, senior public information officer for the sheriff's office. Haeli Wey, 28, was charged with improper relationship between a student and educator on Dec. 17, 2015 in Austin. She was a teacher at Westlake High School. A 28-year-old former teacher at Westlake High School in Austin allegedly had sex with two different 17-year-old students several times after she met them at a school ministry program and summer camp, according to media reports. The Travis County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Haeli Wey on two felony charges of improper relationship between an educator and student on Thursday, according to Roger Wade, senior public information officer for the sheriff's office. One of the victims told police he had sex with Wey about 10 times beginning in August after the two met at a school ministry program and that she sent him photos of herself with "little to no clothing," according an arrest affidavit obtained by the Austin-American Statesman. The illicit relationship came to an end after the victim discovered Wey "went on a hike" with another student, who later told authorities he met Wey at summer camp and had sexual contact with her, the Statesman reported. Wey allegedly told the second victim, also a 17-year-old, to delete messages she sent him and "don't let anyone get a hold of ur phone," the newspaper reported. Wade said the affidavit would not be available until the Travis County Clerk's Office reopens Friday morning.
Utah teacher accused of sex with three students to stand trial after victim testifies their sex continued AFTER her arrest Brianne Altice, 35, who taught English at Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah, is accused of 14 felony charges, including rape, sodomy, sexual abuse The South Weber woman also sent the boy a text message with a photograph of her breasts in June 2014, authorities said The student, 18, testified at Thursday that he had sex with Altice before and after she was arrested in October 2013 Altice will have three separate trials for each boy she allegedly assaulted, a judge ruled Monday
Police arrested a Newton County teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student. Newton County Sheriff say they were informed that Victoria Tatum, 24, had inappropriate contact with the male teen on more than one occasion.
Police charged Tatum with two counts of aggravated child molestation, enticing a child and other charges, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said. All of the charges are felonies.
“Per abuse protocol, a forensic interview was conducted and a disclosure was made that inappropriate contact occurred more than once,” said the Sheriff’s Office. “At this time, the investigation revealed that the contact began less than a month ago. Probable cause was obtained to apply for an arrest warrant.”
Tatum was arrested Thursday at Newton County High School. According to the school’s website, Tatum is a math teacher. Deputies said they are only aware of one student involved, but the investigation remains open. She was being held without bond Thursday afternoon.
A 24-year-old history teacher at a New Jersey Catholic high school was arrested Thursday for having sex with a student, authorities said. Fatima Grupico was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with a 17-year-old student at Cardinal McCarrick High School, according to the Office of the Middlesex County Prosecutor. She is being held without bail. The prosecutor alleges the sexual relationship took place in May at the South Amboy school, which was shuttered last month by the Diocese of Metuchen because of flagging enrollment.
HOUSTON The former Alief ISD teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl didn t have much to say when confronted by a KHOU News crew outside of the Harris County Jail. Kelly Ann Garcia, 29, posted a $60,000 bond late Thursday. As she walked out of jail, KHOU 11 News Reporter Drew Karedes asked, Is there anything you want to say to the parents who trusted you?Garcia started running and broke into a sprint. She didn t have anything to say until she was cornered several blocks away. Just leave me alone, said Garcia. Garcia then sprinted off into the distance in downtown Houston.That leaves no explanation for the mother of the 16-year-old girl involved in a series of alleged graphic sexual encounters. She seemed nice at the time. She said she wanted to mentor my daughter, and I took her for her word. Now I m just not as trusting in people, said the 16-year-old s mother. KHOU is not identifying the teen s mother to protect her daughter s identity. She said she and her husband had no idea of what had been occurring since spring break until he caught the two at a public park. He was outraged and disappointed and called 911, she explained. Police said her daughter was not even in Garcia s classroom at Hastings High School. According to documents, the two me through a mutual friend and began to get close. Investigators allege Garcia would stay with the 16-year-old after school while the teenager was working on a classroom project. The relationship reportedly crossed the line on March 21st at Starbucks. That s when documents say Garcia told the teen she had a romantic dream about her. The 16-year-old s mother believes her daughter was taken advantage of and still doesn t know it. She just barely turned 16. At that age, you don t know what you re doing, what you re getting yourself into, added the mother. Police say Garcia took the girl to her apartment on numerous occasions. Most of the details in documents are too graphic for television. A prosecutor explained one of the alleged encounters. The allegation is that they did, in fact, drive to a store and purchase a sex toy and drove back to the defendant s apartment where they engaged in sex, said prosecutor Markay Stroud. Garcia is charged with indecency with a child and sexual assault of a child. She has been ordered to stay away from the 16-year-old girl.
A Florida teacher has been suspended after she allegedly sent explicit pictures to students. Dionne Younce, a gym teacher at Allen D Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, has been suspended from the school while police investigate. The 28-year-old is accused of sexual misconduct involving at least three students, according to The St. Augustine Record. St. Johns County School District spokeswoman Christina Langston said her suspension followed the discovery of messages to students. At least three students said Younce texted them, investigators said.
A British school boy said he is “scarred for life” after his teaching assistant courted him over Facebook, had sex with him 50 times and then told him she was pregnant. Caroline Berriman’s teenage victim spoke out Tuesday to detail his twittered relationship with the 30-year-old Abraham Moss Community School assistant, the Manchester Evening News reported. Berriman dodged jail time when she pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child charges last week. Instead, she was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay fines. The unidentified teen, who no longer attends the community school, said he began his relationship with Berriman over Facebook. The teacher’s aide “groomed” him online for months without having sexual contact with him, he said. Five months into the social media relationship, the two started to have sex, he claimed. At least some of the sex was unprotected. “It must have happened over 50 times in the space of those few months,” he told the British paper.
Sarah Jones -
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.
Breanne Nicole Brown
A teacher identified as Breanne Nicole Brown was arrested in Texas after allegedly having a physical relationship with a 16-year-old victim. Prior to getting busted, the 30-year-old worked at Abilene High School where she taught English and Language Arts.Thus far, the school district hasn’t indicated whether the alleged victim was a student. However, police say that their relationship continued even after she was made aware that there was an ongoing investigation into the matter. Breanne Nicole Brown now faces a felony of the second degree and has already stepped down from her job. As you can see in the pictures below, she was quite the dazzling teacher prior to this situation. It’s too bad that her career now appears to be history.
An Oakland County judge came down hard Tuesday on a 30-year-old former high school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old student.
"If this was a male teacher who had been involved with a 15-year-old female, there would be people here hanging from the ceiling trying to get every drop of blood," Grant said. "But because it is a woman, there seems to be a winking about what happened."
A female teacher found guilty of having sex with a 12-year-old student has been sentenced to 38 years in prison today. Married mother Ethel Anderson, 31, was told she was a 'parents' worst nightmare,' on Monday as she was jailed in Tampa, Florida. Judge Chet Tharpe told Anderson in court that she manipulated the boy's parents into believing he was safe and groomed the child for sex. Anderson was charged with nine counts of molesting a student after it was discovered that she was having sex with a boy who was 12-years-old at the time.
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.
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Rachel Respess and Shelley Dufresne
The Louisiana teachers who allegedly engaged in group sex with a male student are free after posting $7,000 cash bond, as new disturbing details emerged about the case.
Destrehan High School English teacher Shelley Dufresne, 32, “enticed and transported” the student to the apartment of Rachel Respess, the other English instructor involved in the ménage à trois, according to NOLA.com. Once they were there, Respess had sex with the teen while Dufresne “began intimately kissing (Respess) in an attempt to arouse all parties involved, all who were complete(ly) disrobed,” according to authorities. It also appeared that Dufresne had other sexual encounters with the student prior to the group sex incident, which took place on Sept. 12. She is currently only allowed to leave her home for intensive mental health treatment, doctor’s appointments and church as part of her condition of her release. She faces jail if she doesn’t provide proof of her mental health treatment, according to USA Today.
Respess turned herself into Kenner police Wednesday morning, according to the paper. The 24-year-old was arrested and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior and contributing to delinquency of a minor “No matter what the sex of the victim is, everyone should be outraged,” said Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser during a Wednesday press conference. “You have an educator whose responsibility is the safety and education of children, and when it goes outside those lines I do believe the community should be outraged.” The boy was 16 when the three-way happened, which makes him a juvenile under Louisiana law — though now 17, he told investigators he consented to the sex. He reportedly bragged about the encounter to other students on Sept. 26. Kenner Police Chief Mike Glaser said Respess “almost” confessed to having sex with the student but stopped short of giving a full confession. Dufresne has not submitted a statement to police
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.
Pamela Rogers Turner:
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.
2 way tie for #2
A female Waiakea High School teacher was put on administrative leave after allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old male student. Because the student is older than the state’s age of consent, 16, it is unlikely criminal charges will be pursued by law enforcement, but the teacher, Nancy Ballo, is no longer teaching at the school while a state Department of Education investigation continues.
“We haven’t fired anybody,” said Principal Kelcy Koga, adding administrators are very limited in what they can discuss while the investigation is ongoing. “There have been allegations, none of which I can really get into, I’m not able to release what the allegations are,” he said. “Like any other teacher being investigated, they all have to go through a similar process for conduct, regardless of whether it’s sexual relations with a student, or finances have gone missing, or whatever it is. Teachers have to go through the same process.”
HOUSTON – Students remember Alexandria Vera as the “cool teacher” who let kids at Stovall Middle School use cellphones in class. They also long suspected her to be romantically involved with an eighth-grader. Vera, 24, is charged with continuous sex abuse of a child. She has not yet been arrested. Harris County prosecutors said Vera had sex and got pregnant by a 13-year-old boy who was also her student. The victim turned 14 after the alleged crimes. “That kid was always over [at Vera’s house] and she always told [neighbors] it was her brother,” said one neighbor, who did not want to be identified.Vera sometimes had as many as five teenage boys over at one time, according to neighbors.
“She was having a lot of kids in her home,” one neighbor said. “There was drinking in the front. We always found beer bottles and beer cans on her side of the lawn and half of the [teens] did not look older than high school, maybe.” According to court documents, Vera said she and the victim “love each other.” They had sex almost daily for nine months, Vera told investigators, according to court documents. She said the two met in summer school, then grew close the following school year.
During an open house in the fall, Vera claimed she was introduced to the victim’s parents as “his girlfriend.” She also told investigators the boy’s family accepted the relationship, invited her to family gatherings and became “very supportive and excited” when told Vera was pregnant with the victim’s child in January, according to court records. But when Child Protective Services showed up at the school to question Vera and the victim, she said she got nervous and later had an abortion.
Vera already has a 4-year-old daughter. Neighbors said they have not seen either for days.
A man answered Vera’s door Tuesday and said he did not know where she went. Police have a warrant for her arrest. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Aldine ISD said Vera has been on administrative leave since last month and that the district is in the process of terminating her employment.
In a statement, school district officials said: Aldine ISD has been made aware that charges have been filed against a former Stovall Middle School teacher involved in inappropriate behavior with a male student. When the allegation was made in April, the teacher was immediately removed from the school and placed on administrative leave. Aldine ISD Police investigated the incident and turned their findings over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The safety and security of Aldine ISD’s students and staff remains a priority of the school district.
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."