Sexual Predators in Our Classrooms

The following information information is not my research and was taken from http://eagnews.org/tag/predators-in-the-classroom/.  A special acknowledgment goes out to reporter Steve Gunn for having the courage to write to raise awareness of problems with sexual predators in our Public School Classrooms. The headlines of the stories included with this article only cover page one and if you want to learn more I recommend heading to this website and reading more about this problem that is altering the lives of so many children in our classrooms. Most of the text on this page comes directly from the pen of Steve Gunn and this is, in no way an attempt to plagarise his content but rather to raise aware of a growing problem.  This is also not an indictment of the teaching profession. There are a great many teachers who are responsible and fantastic teachers but we can’t keep ignoring this problem out of some misdirected fear of tarnishing the reputations of the good teachers.

Abuse exists in many forms. It is not confined to domestic violence issues.  At play in abuse as a common thread is an individual using their position of power or physical dominance to abuse those over which they can exert that power. The contents that follow is about sexual abuse in our classrooms.  It is a reflection of the moral decline of our society in general and the fact that there is not more of an outcry about this problem should shock us.

Just today  (September 9) Sen. Toomey sent out a plea for support of his legislation that would require more background checks on school employees.  He introduced this legislation on April 16 but he faces strong opposition and that begs us to question why?

Earlier this year Teacher’s Unions successfully pressured the Discovery Channel into cancelling “Bad Teacher,” a series based on actual investigations of teachers molesting students.

Unlike the media frenzy when priests were accused of molesting children, the media seems to virtually silent when it comes to raising awareness when teachers violate the trust of the community while violating their students.  Is it because when a teacher molests a child it doesn’t fall into their convenient war on religion and faith principles?

Just how bad is this problem – this, as stated above, is just a summary of the links to articles that appear on page one of the website, there are more pages with more links if you go to that website (http://eagnews.org/tag/predators-in-the-classroom/):

Feb 5: Carrie Miller, 24, a teacher at Johnson County Central High School, faces accusations of sexual assault and enticement through electronic devices, based on her relationship with a 15-year-old male student, reports the Associated Press. According to court documents, Miller is accused of having sexual contact with the victim approximately 50-60 times during the fall of 2012.

April: A 27-year-old male teacher was arrested this past April for taking video of students in the Graham D. Healy. Mass., school locker room. Josh Wairi was arrested on child pornography charges in April. The criminal complaint alleges, among other things, that Wairi, a fifth-grade teacher, used his email account to trade and receive images of child pornography and also uploaded images and videos of children being sexually exploited. The complaint further alleges that Wairi transferred the images and videos of child pornography to other users.

April 7: LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Three teachers have been arrested for taking sexual advantage of students in just over a year. The latest to be arrested is theater teacher Phillip Hernandez, who has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. A 17-year-old male student told police that Hernandez touched him inappropriately on numerous occasions between October of last year and January of this year. The teacher was suspended April 7 and resigned April 21. Last July, elementary teacher Jesus Solis was arrested on more than 50 felony counts for inappropriate behavior with three fourth-graders, the news report said. The previous March, middle school teacher Erik Khan was arrested for molesting a young male student during what was supposed to be a physical examination.

April 28 SMYRNA, Del. – A 37-old-educator who recently resigned her position as a teacher and coach at Smyrna High School was arrested Friday on accusations that she performed oral sex on a male student while another student stood watch at her classroom door. Jennifer Suarez was charged with first degree sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, according to a news report from DelawareOnline.com.:

May 6: OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City high school basketball coach was arrested Monday after a student at his school told police that he had been touching her in an inappropriate matter for more than two years. Aaron Howell, 38, who coaches at Moore High School, is accused of touching the female student, who is younger than 16, in the kitchen and living room of a private residence, according to a report from NewsOk.com.

May 6: New Jersey. A former high school music teacher and band director has admitted touching a 15-year-old student in a sexual manner and sending her text messages with sexual content, according to a report in NJ.com. David Scheck, 31, a former teacher at West Morris Central High School in Morristown, New Jersey pleaded guilty to the charges of official misconduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He accepted a plea agreement during jury selection for his trial, according to the news report.

May 7: WESTWOOD, Mass. – A 23-year-old Massachusetts man has filed a lawsuit against his former Spanish teacher, former principal and school district, claiming the teacher used pain-killing drugs to lure him into a sexual relationship when he was a high school student. He claims that former Westwood High School Spanish teacher Jamie Ashworth gave him special attention when he became her student in the tenth grade. The lawsuit claims that Ashworth offered him pain-killing drugs to help him deal with his discomfort, but only in return for sexual favors. It also claims that Doe’s mother informed former high school Principal Emily Parks that Ashworth had been leaving text and phone messages for the boy at all hours, and that other teachers in the building were aware of the relationship.

May 8: NIKISKI, Alaska – Middle-High School teacher Jeremy Anderson faces seven charges of sexual abuse on a minor for alleged sexual contact with a 15-year-old student, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Alaska State Troopers were told of the incidents on May 8, and Anderson was placed on administrative leave.

May 12: CROSS, S.C. – A South Carolina high school teacher has been charged with having sex with three high school students on several occasions, including one night at a party when she allegedly had sex with all three of them. Ellen Niemic, 29, a teacher at Cross High School in Berkeley County, South Carolina, has been charged with two counts of sexual battery, because two of the students were 17 at the time of the incidents, according to a report from the New York Post. The other student was 18 at the time. The teacher, a married mother of three children, allegedly had sex with the boys on and off school property, according to police investigators.

May 13: ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The family of a boy who was molested by his elementary gym teacher during the 2006-07 school year is suing the Rochester school district for its alleged failure to protect the boy. Teacher Matthew LoMaglio was convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting the boy and sentenced to four years in prison.

May 15: BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. – A former high school social studies teacher was somehow acquitted of six felony charges for having sex with an underage student, but was convicted of a misdemeanor involving the same offenses and sentenced to six months in jail. The relationship between former Bellport High School teacher Jonathon Elsalam and the student began when the girl was 16, according to Newsday.com.

May 19: Waynesboro, HA: – Debra Renae Tanksley, a 2012 Teacher of the Year, was arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate sexual text messages to a student at Burke County High School. Tanksley was charged with criminal attempt of sexual assault and electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors. A week before Ashley Ashe, 25, was arrested for her alleged transgressions with a student, WJBF 6 television station reports. Ashe, who is married, was arrested and charged with aggravated child molestation on May 6 after she allegedly admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student. Both teachers were put on administrative leave, according to Superintendent Rudy Falana, though it’s unclear whether they are receiving pay during their criminal proceedings.

June 6: Robert Yaek, a 25-year-old math and science teacher, resigned from Armada Middle School, located in Macomb County, Michigan, after accusations he was sexually involved with a 13-year-old seventh-grader.

June 9: Paul Joseph Johnson, 48, of Backus, Minn., is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student. Johnson taught math at the school for five years. Johnson plead guilty on June 9.

June 11: CBS Los Angeles wrote that Placentia police in Orange County, Calif., arrested Rebecca Eileen Diebolt. Diebolt, 35, is said to have initiated physically intimate relations with a female student at Valencia High School student who was 15 and a student of the language arts instructor

June 18: New Jersey. Snyder High School art teacher Keith McGee was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student in a classroom at the New Jersey school. McGee is charged with sexual assault on the girl who is now 17 years old, endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse. The alleged sex crimes occurred in McGee’s classroom in the Bergen Avenue school, the complaint says.

June 22: Austin, Texas – Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan , A local school teacher was arrested last week for aggravated sexual assault on a six-year-old student. He’s been accused of keeping a girl from going out to recess Wednesday and tricking her into performing oral sex on him in a classroom,” the news report said.

June 25: A Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee) review of disciplinary data over the past decade data shows teachers are increasingly failing to maintain appropriate boundaries as the proliferation of social media facilitates constant communication between teacher and student. The review found that 160 teachers have been disciplined for crossing the line with students or other minors since 2004. Some were caught sending inappropriate messages. Others had sexual relationships with their students. Many lost their teaching licenses after they were convicted of crimes like child abuse or statutory rape. In all, records show the Tennessee State Board of Education has taken action against 434 teachers in the past 10 years, but the numbers have been increasing. In 2005, the board disciplined 33 teachers. In 2013, the number was 51. Already in 2014, the board has taken action against 27 teachers.

July 11: In third day of trial, John Thomas Patterson – a retired fourth-grade teacher facing 110 charges of sex crimes against students – dredged up disturbing testimony from former students who claim he molested them. Patterson retired from teaching at Mt. Mourne Elementary School in Iredell County, N.C., in 1987.

July 16: Pennsylvania. Tiffany Leiseth, 26, has been charged with institutional sexual assault and furnishing alcohol to minors. Leiseth, a married, long-term substitute teacher for the New Brighton Area School District in “rural western Pennsylvania,” also allegedly sent nude photographs of herself to both students while her husband was out of town, the news reports said.

July 29: 41-year-old East Somerville Community School, Mass., female teacher, Alexandra Romanos, was arraigned the first week of July on two counts of aggravated rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Investigators were exploring the possibility that Romanos might have molested other students.

September 9: ALDINE, Texas – A middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to giving a student a “full contact” lap dance during class while students looked on. Felicia Smith, a teacher at Stovall Middle School near Houston, was busted after cell phone video of incident surfaced. She “will spend three years on probation after admitting to the felony of having an improper relationship with a student,” according to the Houston Chronicle.

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One thought on “Sexual Predators in Our Classrooms

  1. are you kidding me these people belong in jail not free there is something wrong with the legal system when these pigs can rape minors and get away with just a slap on the wrist i am so disgusted that I would NEVER send a child of mine to any school i’d rather home school them. The world is going to sh**!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the justice system is a joke, what did these people pay there way out of jail can you do whatever you like and as long as you have money get away with it DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!

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