5/3/08 The big list: Female teachers with
Here is a list of the teacher 'sexpidemic' cases WND
has documented where female teachers have been accused,
or convicted, of assaulting students: This is a
long list, you don't have to read everyone but scroll
down and you will see that men aren't the only
Abbie Jane Swogger
Abbie Jane Swogger, 34: Teacher's aide at
Highlands Senior High School in Harrison, Pa., was
arrested Feb. 22, 2008, for renting a hotel room where
police found beer, marijuana, an open condom wrapper and
at least four teenage girls and boys, including several
of her 15-year-old son's friends. Though categorically
denying rumors she was having sex with students from the
school, Swogger was quoted as saying, "I was stupid,
very stupid. I already know I was and I can understand
you looking at me wrong. It's the biggest mistake I ever
made in my whole life." Police allege Swogger "asked or
encouraged" two 15-year-old runaway girls to have sex
with her. According to a police papers, Swogger admitted
to having sex with a 17-year-old boy and asked police,
"How serious is that?" The one-time exotic dancer
resigned Feb. 25, 2008.
Adrianne Hockett: Accused of having sex
with a 16-year-old special-needs student in a Houston
apartment she rented for the get-togethers. The boy has
testified the pair would "have sex, drink beer and smoke
Alison Mosbeck, 33: History teacher at
Dueitt Middle School in the Spring, Texas, school
district was arrested Oct. 26, 2007, for allegedly
having intercourse at least three times with one of her
students, a 14-year-old boy. The mother of one of the
students' friends saw text messages from Mosbeck on the
student's cellphone and alerted authorities.
Allenna Ward, 24: Minister's daughter from
Laurens County, S.C., was a second-year teacher at Bell
Street Middle School in Clinton, S.C., when she was
fired Feb. 28, 2007, for allegedly having sex with at
least five boys. Some of the purported victims, ages 14
and 15, were students at Ward's school. Authorities say
the married woman had sex with the boys not only on
campus, but also at a motel, in a park and behind a
restaurant. On Sept. 6, 2007, Ward pleaded guilty to six
charges – three second-degree criminal sexual conduct
with a minor and three lewd acts on a minor. "Today, I
publicly admit my guilt and would like to apologize. I
sincerely apologize for the effects of my actions," she
told the court. On Feb. 19, 2008, she was sentenced to
six years in prison.
Amanda Athey, 27: Charged Aug. 8, 2007, in
Huntersville, N.C. with three counts of indecent
liberties with a female student and one count of sexual
activity with a female student. The relationship came to
light when the girl's father became suspicious of the
Hopewell High School English teacher's friendship with
his daughter. She had told the father she was married to
a man named Cal but after her arrest, it came to light
she lived with another woman named Callie.
Amanda Miner, 28: Substitute teacher in
Jefferson County, Mo., arrested in November 2007,
charged with one count each of statutory sodomy and
statutory rape. A male high-school student, 16, alleged
he had sex with Miner on three occasions at her home. He
said Miner invited him over to play video games, and
that the two later would have sex.
Amber Jennings, 31: Though Jennings was
initially charged with having sex with a 16-year-old,
the counts against the Sturbridge, Mass., woman were
reduced to a single charge of disseminating harmful
materials to a minor. She reportedly admitted e-mailing
naked photos of herself to a former student. She
received no jail time, only two years of probation after
pleading guilty in September 2005.
Amber Marshall, 23: Northwest Indiana woman
allegedly had sexual contact, including intercourse,
with several students at Hebron High School, and turned
herself into authorities, telling police she knew what
she did was illegal.
30: Clayton County, Ga., math teacher at
Mundy's Mill High School was arrested and charged with
sexual assault of a student in November 2005. She
reportedly remarked she didn't think her relationship
was inappropriate based on her Internet research,
learning Georgia's age of consent is 16.
Amy Bramhall, 33: Education technician was
arrested in January 2006 after a 15-year-old boy at the
alternative education school in Warren, Maine, told
police he had an ongoing sexual relationship with her.
Flirting allegedly eventually led to an estimated 200
sexual encounters. In December 2006, she received three
and half years in prison, with all but one year
suspended, and four years probation.
Amy Gail Lilley, 36: Inverness, Fla., woman
and softball coach at Lecanto High School charged with a
lesbian relationship with a 15-year-old girl. She
received no prison time, being sentenced in January 2006
to two years of house arrest and eight more years of
Amy McElhenney, 25: Charged with having a
sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student,
the 25-year-old Hebron High School Spanish teacher and
former Miss Texas contestant will not be serving any
jail time after a Denton County, Texas, grand jury
refused to issue an indictment in September 2006. While
the age of consent in Texas is 17 years, a state law
bans sexual relationships between educators and students
even if the student is of legal age and the relationship
is consensual. She could have faced 20 years in prison
if indicted and convicted.
Angela Christine Coffey
Angela Christine Coffey, 34: Cheerleading
coach and English teacher at Meadowcreek High School in
Norcross, Ga., gave birth to a baby girl in April 2007
following what police called a consensual relationship
with a 17-year-old student. The former student declined
to cooperate with prosecutors and has visited Coffey in
jail since she pleaded guilty July 27 to sexual assault
on a person in custody, jail records show. "It was only
a crime because of the status of the victim –
student-teacher," Coffey's attorney said.
Angela Comer, 26: Middle-school teacher
from Tompkinsville, Ky., fled with her alleged lover,
her 14-year-old male student, before being tracked down
in Mexico where she reportedly planned to marry the boy.
Comer later claimed she was forced at gunpoint by the
boy to go to Mexico. She was indicted in January 2006
for illegal sex acts with a minor and returned to
Kentucky. Charges included felony custodial
interference, two counts of third-degree sodomy and four
counts of unlawful transaction with a minor relating to
sexual acts. On May 9, 2007, Comer pleaded guilty to
one-count of third-degree sodomy, and was slated to
serve 10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
Angela Stellwag, 24: Delran, N.J., woman
accused of having sex in her apartment with a
14-year-old boy she met in school. She was charged with
sexual assault for activity that allegedly took place in
August 2004. She pleaded not guilty in August 2006.
Anne Knopf, 39: Former substitute teacher
at Prescott Middle School in Wisconsin was charged Nov.
5, 2007, with sexual assault of a child under 16. She is
accused of having a sexual relationship with the
13-year-old former boyfriend of her own daughter.
Becci Hill, 31: Martinsville, Ind.,
counselor at Sanders School in Wayne Township arrested
in 2006 for for sexual activity with a 15-year-old
autistic boy. Prosecutors say what started as a mentor
relationship turned into a sexual liaison that lasted a
year. Hill would allegedly park her car down the street
from the boy's home, and he would climb out his window
to meet her in the middle of the night. In January 2007,
Hill pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor,
and was given a two-year prison sentence and forced to
register as a sex offender.
Beth Raymond, 31: Private-school employee
from Pownal, Maine, charged with risk of injury to a
minor and second-degree sexual assault of a juvenile
male at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Conn. In July
2006, she was sentenced to 18 months prison.
Bethany Sherrill, 24: Daughter-in-law of
school-board president charged with molesting a
15-year-old middle-school student. Reports state Sherill
allegedly had oral sex with the boy and sent him coded
text messages. She resigned her position at Jefferson
Elementary School in Farmington, Mo., in February 2005
and eventually received 90 days in jail and two years
probation, and was forced to register as a sex offender.
Brandy Lynn Gonzales
Brandy Lynn Gonzales, 27: The Houston-area
teacher and her husband were arrested in December 2006
for sexually assaulting students at an elementary school
two years earlier. Prosecutors allege that Gonzales met
a student at a local movie theater, where she performed
oral sex on the boy as well as another student at the
theater. Husband Johnny Gonzales is also charged with
having performed sex acts with one teen. Prosecutors
told the judge they have sufficient evidence to file
Brenda Baillargeon, 39: Teacher's aide in
the Amery School District of Polk County, Wis., charged
in November 2007 with having sex with a 16-year-old male
student. The illicit seven-month sexual relationship
with the high-school student she tutored included road
trips and sneaking into his home in the early-morning
hours for sex, according to the criminal complaint. She
was his first love, and they planned to be married after
she got a divorce, court records stated.
Cameo Patch, 29: Substitute teacher at
Tooele High School in Tooele, Utah, arrested for
allegedly performing oral sex on a 17-year-old male
student. The sexual activity was allegedly consensual,
and reportedly took place off school grounds after the
pair had exchanged phone numbers in a restaurant. In
November 2006, Patch was sentenced to no jail time,
despite comments from the judge that a man would have
likely gone to prison.
Carol Flannigan, 50: Boca Raton, Fla.,
music teacher reportedly slept with 11-year-old former
student, and also had a simultaneous sexual relationship
with the boy's father. In a deposition, the boy's father
said he had the same sort of sexual relationship with
Flannigan that ex-President Bill Clinton had with Monica
Lewinsky. In February 2006, Flannigan was sentenced to
five years prison as part of a plea deal.
Carrie McCandless, 29: The former Colorado
social-studies teacher, who also happens to be married
to the principal, was charged in November 2006 with
having had sexual contact with a 17-year-old male
student during an overnight school camping trip. The
instructor, who also coached cheerleading, pleaded
guilty April 24, 2007, to felonies of tampering with
physical evidence and contributing to the delinquency of
a minor. She also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of
unlawful sexual contact with a minor. She was not
expected to serve any jail time.
Carrie O'Conner, 33: Counselor at
Montgomery County High School in Mount Vernon, Ga.,
arrested Aug. 13, 2007, for allegedly having sex with a
16-year-old male student. The relationship is said to
have lasted from January through July. According to
police, the abuse was first reported in March 2007 to a
teacher and a probation officer, but they were
reportedly reluctant to inform the superintendent
because O'Conner is the superintendent's daughter.
Cathy Heminghaus, 46: Special-education
teacher from Ferguson, Mo., charged with statutory
sodomy involving at least three of her students at
Ferguson Middle School. She reportedly told friends she
had performed oral sex on the children on several
occasions in 2005. On July 9, 2007, she pleaded no
contest Monday to 25 counts; 21 of them involving
Celeste Emerick, 32: Police in Huber
Heights, Ohio, say the Wayne High School teacher hosted
a party where students were shown pornography.
Prosecutors charged her with one count of sexual
battery, a felony in Ohio.
Christel C. Gravlin
Christel C. Gravlin, 33: The Lisbon High
School teacher from St. Lawrence County, N.Y., was
arraigned Dec. 10, 2007, on charges of rape 3rd degree,
criminal sex act 3rd degree and endangering the welfare
of a child after allegedly having intercourse with a
15-year-old male student. Allegations became known after
an incident at a high school basketball game on Nov.
30th when Gravlin, a married mother of two and former
beauty queen, made statements about an affair to a group
of students and others who were sitting near her. On
March 3, 2008, she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of
third-degree rape, and was slated to receive a sentence
of no more than six months in jail followed by ten years
Christina Gallagher, 26: Jersey City, N.J.,
woman received no jail time, but was ordered to pay more
than $1,000 in fines, sentenced to a lifetime
registration as a convicted sex offender and ordered to
attend therapy for having sex with a 17-year-old student
in late 2004. The former Rahway High School instructor
was banned from teaching and seeing the student with
whom she had sex.
Christine Duda, 39: Teacher at the Normandy
Alternative School in St. Louis County, Mo., allegedly
took a 16-year-old hearing-impaired male student to her
home for sex in December 2005. She was charged with two
counts of felony statutory rape and fired by the school
Christine Scarlett, 36: English teacher at
Strongsville High School in Ohio began a sexual
relationship with the 17-year-old captain of the
football team, Steven Bradigan, in November 2002 and
eventually gave birth to Bradigan's son. Scarlett was
fired from her teaching job, but insists nothing
improper happened during the time she was Bradigan's
teacher. She was never charged with any criminal
Christine Spaich, 28: Teacher and
volleyball coach at Silverado Middle School in
Roseville, Calif., arrested April 6, 2007, for alleged
unlawful intercourse with a minor and other related
charges. Police say Spaich had a six-month relationship
with a 16-year-old boy identified as a former student at
her school. Detectives said the relationship appeared to
be consensual and that the boy was not forced. Spaich
entered a "no contest" plea July 3, 2007, and was
sentenced to four months in jail, four years probation
and 400 hours of community service. An application for
alternative sentencing could let the teacher avoid jail
Christy Anne Brown
Christy Anne Brown, 33: English teacher at
Cyprus High School in West Valley City, Utah, was
arrested July 8, 2007, for allegedly having sex with one
of her students, a boy of 16. A police officer found her
in a parked car along with the boy, and told authorities
she had been having relations with the juvenile for
three months. "The suspect admits to having sex over 40
times. She also admitted to having oral sex with the
juvenile at her home and also at work," the jail report
Crystal Wells, 33: Teacher at Deming High
School in northeastern Kentucky was sentenced to 5 years
in prison April 14, 2008, for sex with a 15-year-old
male student. She had been facing six counts of rape,
but pleaded guilty to six felony charges of unlawful
transaction with a minor. Family members reportedly
found text messages on the boy's phone and felt they
were indicative of a sexual relationship. "I have to
treat this the same as I would a male teacher and a
female student," Judge Robert McGinnis said. Wells'
attorney stated the woman's marriage was falling apart
and a divorce was pending.
Darcie Esson, 32: Parker, Colo., English
teacher at Elizabeth High School was arrested in
December 2006 for allegedly having sex with a
17-year-old football player the day after her divorce
was finalized. According to the arrest affidavit, Esson
and the teen had sex on the floor of her hotel room
while her two children, ages 4 and 8, and their
17-year-old babysitter slept on beds in the same room.
Esson was charged with sexual assault on a child by a
person in a position of trust, a Class IV felony.
Dawn Welter, 38: Sumner, Wash., teacher at
Tenino High School charged April 24, 2007, with
second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor for
allegedly spending the night with a 16-year-old girl at
a motel. Charging papers state that on Feb. 17, Welter
engaged in sexual contact with the teen.
Deanna Bobo, 37: Special-education teacher
at Raymond E. Wells Junior High School in Greenwood,
Ark., allegedly had sex twice in 2005 with a 14-year-old
boy in his own bed while his parents were not home. She
denied the charge, but was convicted in September 2006
of two counts of first-degree sexual assault and
sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Deborah Reeder, 45: Substitute teacher from
Coral Springs, Fla., arrested in December 2006, charged
with having sex at least four times with a 17-year-old
boy who was a friend of one of her own three children.
The victim told police they had sex multiple times in
her car, her bed, on the floor of her bedroom and in the
master bedroom shower.
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."
Diane DeMartini-Scully, 45: Mattituck,
N.Y., woman was the school psychologist at East Hampton
Middle School on Long Island when she was accused of
having sex with the 16-year-old boyfriend of her own
13-year-old daughter. She allegedly had intercourse and
oral sex with the boy on a number of occasions in May
2005 in her home and car. She was arrested after
allegedly secretly visiting her young paramour at his
new home in North Carolina.
Elizabeth Miklosovic, 36: Grand Rapids,
Mich., teacher at South Haven's Baseline Middle School
pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old
female student she "married" in a pagan ritual in June
2004. Miklosovic is also accused of touching the girl's
genitals while camping in public parks. She told the
judge before sentencing, "The entire ordeal has been
blown totally out of proportion for something that was
innocent, kind and nurturing in nature." She was
sentenced to five to 25 years.
Elizabeth Munn, 32: Gloversville, N.Y.,
teacher was arrested for statuatory rape of an
eighth-grade male student half her age after someone
alerted police with a complaint. The social studies
teacher, who had worked in the Broadalbin-Perth School
District for more than five years, was considered a
competent teacher and the news of her arrest was called
a surprise by a district official. According to the
Fulton County D.A., Munn admitted to being involved with
the 15-year-old student over the summer but wouldn't
give any details.
Elizabeth Stow, 26: Tulare Western High
School teacher from Fresno, Calif., area convicted of
having sex with three of her students was sentenced in
November 2005 to nine years prison, but the judge
suspended that sentence and gave her one year, followed
by five years of probation. She was also ordered to
register as a sex offender.
Ellen Garfield, 43: Former student at
Solomon Schecter School in Newton, Mass., said his music
teacher took him into an empty classroom where she
worked, partially disrobed, and coaxed him into having
sex with her in 1998. Garfield was acquitted of all
charges in September 2005.
Emily Morris, 28: Teacher at Leeds High
School in St. Clair County, Ala., faced a possible
20-year sentence, but received one year in jail for
having consensual sex with a 15-year-old student.
Erica Baker, 23: Teacher at
Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School in Erie County, Pa.,
charged Nov. 13, 2007, in connection with a lesbian
relationship with a local teenage girl. Baker was just a
student teacher in training at Strong Vincent High
School when she originally met the female student.
Police say the pair would drive to a parking lot at a
campground to engage in sexual contact.
Erica Rutters, 29: Teacher at Oxford
Christian Academy in New Oxford, Pa., allegedly wrote
erotic messages to a 16-year-old student and had sexual
intercourse with him four times in her apartment. She
pleaded guilty to corruption of a minor, and received no
jail time, just three years of probation in March 2006.
Erica Umosella, 28: This southern New
Jersey high school physical education teacher was
charged with three sex-related offenses, including
first-degree aggravated sexual assault, in May 2007
after an alleged three-month relationship with a
17-year-old member of the girl's field hockey team came
to light in an anonymous letter to the principal.
Umosella, who has been teaching at the school since
2003, was released from police custody after paying
$50,000 in bail.
Erin McLean, 30: Student teacher at West
High School in Knoxville, Tenn., who became sexually
involved with student Sean Powell in 2005. On March 10,
2006, police say McLean's husband, using a shotgun,
killed the 18-year-old boy as he sat in his car outside
the McLean's home. Eric McLean was charged in the boy's
death and is out on bail. Temporary custody of the
couple's children was awarded to the wife. Erin McLean
subsequently was hired, under her maiden name, at a
Christian school, but was dismissed after a parent
complained of her attentions toward a 17-year-old boy.
She disappeared in Sept. 2007 from Knoxville with
her children, telling an uncle she was going to
Califoria to meet someone she met on the Internet.
Franca and Antonia Munoz-Juvera
Franca and Antonia Munoz-Juvera, 26: These
twin sisters – both teachers – were arrested in Southern
California in December 2006 in connection with alleged
lewd acts with an underage female student. Only Franca
was charged with "unlawful contact" – Antonia was
charged with being aware of the incident and failing to
report it as required under California law. An
18-year-old female roommate was also arrested because
she "facilitated the crime."
Gay Lyn Turley
Gay Lyn Turley, 42: Mesa High School
teacher and softball coach in Scottsdale, Ariz., was
arrested on Dec. 19, 2007, after a 20-year-old woman who
had lived with her told police of their sexual
relationship that began when she was 16 and a student at
Mesa. The relationship had soured between the pair
earlier in the year.
Georgianne Harrell, 24: Teacher at Holley
Elementary School in Sylvester, Ga., charged with
performing oral sex on a 9-year-old boy in April 2005,
allowing students to gaze down her blouse and slashing
her wrists with glass in front of her students. Though
she originally pleaded not guilty, she changed her plea
to guilty just before trial, and was sentenced to 25
years in prison for aggravated child molestation.
Gwen Cardozo, 33: Teacher at Wasson High
School in Colorado Springs, Colo., accused of having sex
with a 17-year-old male student. Police charged her with
sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust,
and Cardozo resigned her position in March 2005. She
pleaded guilty in July 2005 and received a deferred
sentence, meaning no jail time if she remains
trouble-free for four years.
Heather Lea Burroughs
Heather Lea Burroughs, 23: Substitute
teacher at Pahokee Middle-Senior High in Pahokee, Fla.,
arrested Jan. 22, 2007, for allegedly performing a sex
act on a student in an empty classroom during school
hours. Palm Beach County district officials did not
release the student's name, age or gender, but arrest
records indicate the student was between 12 and 18. If
convicted of the first-degree felony of sexual assault,
Burroughs could face up to 30 years in prison and a
Heather Ingram, 30: Mathematics, science
and business teacher at Chatelech Secondary School in
Sechelt, British Columbia, had sex with a 17-year-old
student. The relationship cost Ingram her job and
reportedly led to the breakup of her 12-year common-law
marriage to a man four years her senior.
Heather Kennedy, 25: Popular math teacher
and track coach at Wantagh High School on Long Island,
N.Y, was arrested March 27, 2008, and charged with
statutory rape. She was accused of having sex with a
16-year-old male student in the parking lot of a
neighboring high school. One shocked student said, "I'm
really shocked. She's an amazing teacher. She's willing
to do anything with the students."
Heather Thorsby, 34: Art teacher at
Independence High School in Franklin, Tenn., indicted in
November 2007 on seven counts, including three charges
of statutory rape. Thorsby is accused of inappropriate
behavior with a 17-year-old female student. The
relationship reportedly began as a friendship, but
turned sexual, with alleged contact at school and home.
Jacquelyn Faith Garrison, 19: Substitute
teacher at South Central High School in Winterville,
N.C., was indicted in January 2006 on charges she was
having an improper relationship with a 15-year-old
student. The case involves some 50 phone calls and text
messages exchanged between Garrison and the boy, who
reportedly became uncomfortable when things of a sexual
nature came up.
Jamie Armstrong, 25: Science teacher at
Tara High School in East Baton Rouge, La., was arrested
in April 2007 for allegedly having sexual relations with
a 16-year-old female student, including one occasion at
the school. The girl was not in Armstrong's class, but
was tutored by her several times per week. According to
a probable cause affidavit, the girl she told deputies
she visited Armstrong at her residence on several
occasions and had consensual sex with her at least three
times, even spending the entire night with the
Janelle Marie Bird, 24: Accused of having a
two-year affair with a 15-year-old student from East
Hill Christian School, in Pensacola, Fla. Declaring her
love for the boy, she was charged with two counts of
lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of unlawful
sexual activity with a minor. Though Bird could have
received 30 years upon conviction, she was sentenced in
2006 to two years in state prison.
Janet Hughes, 32: Viera, Fla., teacher at
Jackson Middle School in Titusville, Fla., arrested
April 23, 2007, after detectives found her in the
company of a 16-year-old male student inside a van in a
church parking lot. According to the arrest affidavit,
Hughes, who is a wife and mother, admitted to engaging
in sexual activity with the boy on at least one
Janet Parker, 26: This East Texas teacher
might have gotten way with her alleged sexual
relationship with a male student if the teen hadn't had
a screensaver on his cell phone that featured a tobacco
product. The woman had been investigated by authorities
in late 2006 when suspicions were aroused, but nothing
could be proved. The tobacco screensaver resulted in the
phone being confiscated at school in May 2007 and other
"inappropriate" images of Parker were discovered. A
warrant revealed similar images on her own computer and
she is now facing nearly two dozen charges.
Jaymee Wallace, 28: Basketball coach in
Tampa, Fla., charged with having an 18-month lesbian
relationship with a student. Authorities say the
student, who was 15 when she met Wallace, voluntarily
had sex with the coach more than 50 times, in a parking
lot at Busch Gardens and often at Wallace's own
apartment while a fellow classmate was in an adjacent
room. According to the police report, the sexual
relationship reportedly began in early 2003, after the
student received a note from Wallace saying she "found
her attractive and wanted to know if she felt the same
way." On Dec. 5, 2007, Wallace was sentenced to three
years of prison, followed by three years of sex offender
Jennifer Cisco, 30: School nurse at Green
Forest High School in Green Forest, Ark., arrested on
Nov. 14, 2007, for a sexual relationship with a
17-year-old male student and providing two 17-year-old
male students with beer. The school recently received a
grant for $10,000 to start a school-based health clinic
study. Cisco applied for the grant and the school was
rather excited about getting the program off the ground.
Jennifer Dempsey, 28: Spanish teacher at
Oswego County High School, Syracuse, N.Y., was arrested
March 25, 2008, for having an inappropriate relationship
with a 16-year-old male student. Dempsey had been
suspended from teaching two months before after a parent
complained of inappropriate electronic messages sent to
"three of four" of her children.
Jennifer Dorland, 42: Grade 7 and 8 teacher
at Rothwell-Osnabruck School, Ingleside, Ontario, was
found guilty on Dec. 20, 2007, of sexual assault,
invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference
with a 13-year-old boy in September 2004. She admitted
she had sent inappropriate e-mails to the former
student, but denied she had engaged in a sexual
relationship with the young male. "It was absolutely a
terrible, horrible idea. I have been paying for that
e-mail and conversation for two years," she said.
Jennifer Mally, 26: English teacher and
cheerleading coach at Paradise Valley High School in
Phoenix, Ariz., arrested in May 2007 and charged with 29
counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Police said the
parents of the victim – a 16-year-old male student –
contacted the school about a possible sexual
relationship between their son and Mally that may have
been going on since October 2006.
Jennifer Rice, 31: Tacoma, Wash., teacher
arrested Aug. 11, 2007, for allegedly kidnapping and
raping her 10-year-old student numerous times. Rice was
an instructor at McKinley Elementary School whose
contract was not renewed after the school received
complaints she was socializing inappropriately with
students. Authorities say Rice admitted she raped the
fourth-grade boy at a rest stop, and court documents
indicate the pair had intercourse several times on
previous occasions, including once in the boy's home. On
Sept. 10, 2007, prosecutors filed additional charges
against Rice for allegedly raping another boy, age 14-
to 16-years old.
Jennifer Tarkenton, 34: Teacher at
Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary, Fla., was
arrested on Nov. 30, 2007, on three counts of lewd or
lascivious battery on a child after police found her and
a 14-year-old male student in her car. The boy told
deputies that he and Tarkenton had sex inside the
vehicle after she picked him up at his house, drove to a
nearby pharmacy and purchased condoms.
Joan Marie Sladky, 28: Redwood City,
Calif., woman sentenced to six months in county jail for
having sex with a 16-year-old student after pleading no
contest to four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse,
oral copulation and penetration with a foreign object.
The Spanish teacher's relationship with the boy spanned
six months, as she reportedly had sex with him once at
his home and three times at her residence, which was on
the property of the private Baptist church and school
where she taught.
Jodi Church, 26: Teacher at Manual High
School in Peoria, Ill., arrested March 2, 2007, for
allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student.
Church faced one count of criminal sexual assault, a
felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. She also
faced federal charges of enticement for allegedly using
MySpace.com to try to persuade a different 16-year-old
male student to have sex with her.
Julia Lund, 28: Language teacher at Chaska
High School in Minnesota, arrested in December 2006,
charged with third-degree sexual assault for allegedly
performing oral sex on a 17-year-old male student. The
victim told police he first noticed Lund staring at him
in the school hallway, before she asked him to contact
her. Lund allegedly told the boy her husband was away
and she was lonely. During her trial, Lund's defense
argued not all wrongdoing was criminal. The jury agreed,
and acquitted her on July 16, 2007.
Kanesa Hopkins, 31: "Teacher of the Year"
at Westview Middle School in Goose Creek, S.C., was
fired in May 2007 in the wake of allegations she had sex
with a 14-year-old female student four years earlier.
Court documents indicate Hopkins was also the girl's
Sunday School teacher and police said church officials
questioned the amount of time the two spent together in
December 2002. The relationship allegedly became sexual
in January 2003.
Karen Patton, 41: English teacher and
cheerleading coach at Scott Memorial Middle School in
Wytheville, Va., resigned in January 2006 after she was
charged with having oral sex with a 13-year-old student.
Patton was arrested after the boy's mother went to
police with instant messages between the boy and Patton,
and what appeared to be a handwritten letter from Patton
that referenced a sexual relationship. On March 12,
2007, she pleaded no contest to two counts of carnal
knowledge and one count of non-forcible sodomy.
Karen Robbins: Laurens County, S.C., woman
was charged on Sept. 23, 2007, with criminal sexual
conduct with a minor and committing a lewd act upon a
child. Police say the incidents took place in her car
and in her home. The alleged crimes occured when the
former teacher was working at Bell Street Middle School
in Clinton. This is the same school where teacher
Allenna Ward, also on this list, had sex with five boys.
Katherine J. Harder
Katherine J. Harder, 31 Language arts
teacher at Manhattan High School, near Topeka, Kansas,
was arrested March 26, 2008, when a deputy on patrol
found the woman and a 17-year-old male student allegedly
having sexual relations in a parked car near a local
dam. While Kansas teens can legally consent to sex at
age 16, it is a felony for teachers to have relations
with any student of any age who attends the school where
they work. Harder resigned her position then rescinded
her decision. The school board voted to fire her on
April 2, 2008.
Katherine Tew, 30: Married English teacher
from Greenville, N.C., arrested for having sex with a
17-year-old boy. She taught at South Central High School
in Winterville, N.C., and was convicted of taking
indecent liberties with a child, but found not guilty of
the more serious sex charge. She was not given prison
time, and lost her teaching license for at least two
Kathy White, 39: Teacher at Lumberton High
School in Lumberton, Texas, charged with having sex with
a 17-year-old student. The victim, Michael Ferguson,
alleges: "She just started grabbing me and hormones were
on and it just happened." Ferguson provided KBTV-TV with
an e-mail allegedly sent by White, in which the teacher
told him, "I get these cravings for YOU and that's not
NORMAL! If I had it my way, I'd do you once a week just
because it's good."
Kelly Lynn Dalecki, 26: Elementary-school
teacher from St. Augustine, Fla., pleaded no contest to
charges she had sex with a 13-year-old boy in 2003. The
boy's parents reportedly found more than 50 sexually
explicit e-mails and pornographic pictures allegedly
sent by Dalecki on his computer. Dalecki was sentenced
to nearly a year in prison.
Kelsey Peterson, 25: Sixth grade math
teacher and basketball coach at Lexington Middle School,
Neb., was arrested Nov. 3, 2007, in Mexicali, Mexico,
with a 13-year-old boy from her school with whom she is
believed to have been having a sexual relationship. The
boy was an illegal alien in the United States. Peterson
faces charges of kidnapping, child abuse, and
contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as well as
federal charges for transporting a minor across a
foreign border for sexual activity.
Kimberly Lynch, 37: Macedon, N.Y., woman
was a teacher's aide at Palmyra-Macedon High School who
admitted having a sexual affair with a 16-year-old male
student, including in school halls, in a car and at the
boy's home in February 2004. The married mother of three
reportedly detailed the tryst in love letters the local
newspaper said included discussion about having a baby
Kirsten Kinley, 27: Special-education
teacher at Hammond Middle School in Howard County, Md.,
arrested in February 2007 for alleged sexual activity
with a 15-year-old boy on New Year's Eve 2004 and in
January 2005. Court documents indicate the boy told
police the pair chatted online when Kinley asked him if
"he was a virgin and then asked him to have sex with
her." He also said Kinley warned him not to tell anyone
about their discussions or their planned activity. She
was originally charged with two counts of third-degree
sex offense, two counts of fourth-degree sex offense and
two counts of solicitation of a minor. On Aug. 28, 2007,
Kinley pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sex
Kristen Margrif, 27: Mayville, Mich.,
teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old male
student in her car or at his summer workplace in June
and July 2005. She was given a one-year delayed sentence
in June 2006 on three felony counts of second-degree
criminal sexual conduct with a student, meaning she'll
only have to serve probation if she remains trouble-free
for a year.
Kristi Dance Oakes, 32: Teacher allegedly
had sex with a 16-year-old boy who was in her biology
class the previous year. Oakes resigned from her post at
Seymour High School in Sevierville, Tenn., and
reportedly lost her home and even the job she took at a
grocery store after resigning from the school system
because of the charges. In July 2006, she pleaded guilty
and was sentenced to six months in jail.
Lakina Stutts, 40: School-bus driver
admitted to cops she had sex with a 14-year-old student
in her home and in a car outside the boy's home.
Laura Lynn Findlay, 30: Band teacher at
Ricker Middle School in Buena Vista Township, Mich.,
charged with having sex with at least 5 students, one as
young as 14. She was sentenced in August 2006 to at
least seven and as much as 25 years in prison.
Lauren Cosgrove, 28: This 7th-grade teacher
at Strickland Middle School in Denton, Texas, found
herself in jail, charged with two counts of aggravated
sexual assault of a child, for allegedly having a
two-day sexual relationship with a former student, 13,
in July 2007. She was babysitting the boy at the time.
Leslie Baird, 42: Teacher at Tooele High
School in Tooele, Utah, arrested in 2006 for allegedly
having sex with two male students, ages 17 and 18. The
mother of the 17-year-old boy said her son's grades
dropped from straight As to barely passing in the wake
of the activity, and he no longer participates in
sports. In January 2007, Baird was sentenced to undergo
a 90-day psychological evaluation at Utah State Prison
after pleading guilty to a felony charge of forcible
sexual abuse. Her judge was Mark Kouris, the same jurist
who came under fire for giving
Cameo Patch, another teacher at the same school, no jail
time for performing oral sex on a 17-year-old male
Lisa Robyn Marinelli
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.
Lynn Saunders, 38: A former basketball star
at the College of Staten Island, the gym teacher at St.
Paul's School in New Brighton, N.Y., was arrested in
March 2005 for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl
whose family she had befriended. Saunders admitted to
touching the girl's breasts and genital area on several
dates in February 2005. She received no jail time, only
probation and registration as a sex offender. The family
is now suing Saunders and the Archdiocese of New York,
claiming the girl became suicidal and still suffers from
"severe emotional shock, trauma, embarrassment, anxiety
and other psychological injuries."
Margaret De Barraicua
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
Maria Saco, 28: Math teacher at Lincoln
Middle School in Passaic, N.J., sentenced in 2005 to a
year in jail for an intimate relationship with a teen
student who was 14 when they first met. Saco reportedly
gave the boy a key to her apartment.
Mariella Brenlla, 40:Ponce De Leon Middle
School teacher in the Miami-Dade district was arrested
on Aug. 22, 2007, following an investigation sparked by
a former student who alleged sexual contact some four
years before when the child was a 14-year-old
eighth-grader. "(Students) come here and it's supposed
to be like a protective zone for them, a safe zone for
them, and not a zone where they have to be afraid if a
teacher's going to come onto them," said a parent
reacting to news of the arrest.
Mary Jo Spack
Mary Jo Spack, 45: Honors English teacher
at Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla., arrested March
20, 2008, after she allegedly met two male students at a
liquor store, took them to a motel, and had sex with one
of them in the shower as four other students overheard
in the next room. The boy's boasting about having had
sex with a teacher eventually caught the attention of a
school resource officer. "I think the public feels this
is an epidemic, and I'm very concerned about it," said
Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin,
who called for a special meeting to discuss the recent
rash of teacher sex scandals.
Mary Kay Letourneau
Mary Kay Letourneau, 34: Des Moines, Wash.,
teacher did prison time after having sex with a
sixth-grade student, Vili Fualaau, in 1996 and
eventually had two children by him. She originally had
Fualaau in her second-grade class at Shorewood
Elementary School in Burien, Wash. The couple has since
Deluca, 29: Sign-language teacher at Copper
Hills High School in West Jordan, Utah, was fired in
December 2005 for allegedly having sexual intercourse
twice with a 16-year-old male student she reportedly had
been "grooming" for sexual activity. The case took a
bizarre turn in the summer of 2006, when Deluca was
found beaten and had to be airlifted to the hospital,
claiming two teen boys attacked her as payback. In
reality, she made up the claim in an apparent attempt to
get sympathy. In January 2007, she was sentenced to 90
days in jail. The victim' mother said she initially
"hated [Deluca] with every part of my being," but later
expressed forgiveness, saying "even though she's hurt my
family, I've grown to love her."
Melissa Bare, 35: Kitts Hill, W.V., teacher
of language arts and writing at Rock Hill Middle School
in Ironton, W.V., indicted April 23, 2007, on two counts
of sexual battery. Bare pleaded innocent to charges she
had sexual contact with a 16-year-old male student in
Melissa Michelle Deel, 32: Bristol, Tenn.,
teacher at Virginia Middle School pleaded guilty to
crossing the state line into Virginia to have oral sex
with a 13-year-old male student in December 2004. As
part of her plea agreement, Deel agreed never to profit
from the crime, as well as have no contact with the boy
and his family without court permission. She was
sentenced in 2005 to a year and two months prison.
Melissa Moss, 27: Teacher at Barat Academy
in Dardenne Prairie, Mo., allegedly e-mailed two topless
photos of herself to one of her 15-year-old students.
She was charged Feb. 26, 2008, with furnishing
pornographic material to a minor, a misdemeanor.
Meredith Hollen, 40: Former teacher at the
prestigious Graland Country Day School in Denver
arrested Nov. 2, 2007, for allegedly sexually assaulting
a male student off campus before the schoolyear began.
She was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a
child and another count of sexual assault on a child by
a person in a position of trust.
Meredith Kane, 24: English teacher at
Kansas' Lawrence High School was sentenced on Dec. 19,
2007, after having been convicted of having sex with a
15-year-old male student during the 2006-2007 school
year – even after she was arrested and released on bond.
She had hoped to avoid prison time by arguing her
actions were impulsive due to an undiagnosed bi-polar
disorder, but the judge gave her 59 months behind bars.
Michelle Kush, 29: Substitute teacher at
Boone County High School in Florence, Ky., allegedly had
sex with a 15-year-old boy several times during summer
break. She was charged with two counts of rape and one
sodomy count. In August 2006, Kush was sentenced to 60
days in jail, 30 days on house arrest and five years
Michelle Morano, 33: Cedar Grove, N.J.,
woman taught English at West Essex High School when she
was arrested March 23, 2007, for allegedly having a
sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student. She
was charged with sexual assault. Morano's involvement
with the student reportedly came to light when insurance
officials were conducting an unrelated investigation at
Michelle VanMeter, 35: Catholic studies
teacher in Fort Wayne, Ind., pleaded guilty Jan. 15,
2008, to having sex with multiple boys, ranging from age
12 to 15. In June 2007, VanMeter gave birth to a baby,
and a paternity test revealed with 99.9 percent
certainty the 15-year-old was the father of the child.
In a separate case, VanMeter pleaded guilty to a single
count of child molesting, stemming from the molestation
of another boy. Those allegations surfaced during the
investigation of the first case.
Natasha Sizow, 24: First-year social
studies teacher and girls' swimming coach at Granby
High School in Virginia Beach, Va., arrested in February
2008 for allegedly sending erotic pictures of herself
via cell phone to students. A police spokesman said she
was accused of sending photos of herself "in various
stages of undress." The students involved were a male
and a female, both 17. Sizow was charged with two counts
each of indecent liberties and use of a communications
device to facilitate crimes against children.
Nicole Andrea Barnhart, 35: Highlands
Ranch, Colo., woman reportedly told police she loves the
16-year-old boy with whom she was having sex. A teacher
at Ponderosa High School, she pleaded guilty to felony
sexual assault on a child, resulting in a two-year
prison sentence and a minimum of 10 years in a
sex-offender probation program.
Nicole Long, 29: English teacher at
Ayersville High School in Ohio resigned her teaching
post after being accused of raping a 17-year-old boy.
She pleaded guilty in January 2005 to a charge of sexual
battery, and was sentenced in March to three months in
Nicole Pomerleau, 31: English teacher at
Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., arrested in
March 2004 for allegedly having a sexual relationship
with her 16-year-old student. The age of consent in
North Carolina is 16, but teachers having sex with
students is an exception to the law. Though Pomerleau
admitted the affair, she got no prison time and did not
have to register as a sex offender.
Pamela Balogh, 39: Gym teacher and coach at
a Somerset, N.J. Catholic high school was charged in
December 2006 with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old
female student over a period of 10 months. Authorities
say the assaults happened mainly in Balogh's office.
Pamela Diehl-Moore, 43:When this former
teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Clifton,
N.J., pleaded guilty in January 2002 to having sex
during the summer of 1999 with a 13-year-old male
student in her 7th-grade class, she expected to be
sentenced to three years, based on a deal worked out
with prosecutors. But at her May hearing, Judge Bruce A.
Gaeta sentenced her to probation, saying: "I really
don't see the harm that was done here and certainly
society doesn't need to be worried. I do not believe she
is a sexual predator. It's just something between two
people that clicked beyond the teacher-student
relationship. ... And don't forget, this was mutual
consent." Following an appeal by prosecutors,
Diehl-Moore was sentenced to serve three years in
Pamela Smart, 22: Media-services director
at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., had
convinced her 15-year-old lover to murder her husband.
She was arrested in 1993 and is now serving a life
sentence. The Nicole Kidman film "To Die For" is based
on her story.
Pamela Rogers Turner
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.
Rachel Holt, 34: Sixth-grade science
teacher at Claymont Elementary School in Delaware
reportedly acknowledged that in the last week of March
2006, she had sexual intercourse with her male student
27 times, and that she once performed oral sex on him.
All of the sexual encounters allegedly occurred at the
teacher's apartment. Though originally indicted on 28
counts of first-degree rape, Holt pleaded guilty Jan.
22, 2007, to a single count of second-degree rape, and
was ordered to prison to await sentencing. On March 16,
2007, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Rachelle Vantucci, 32: Ex-substitute
teacher from Geneseo, N.Y., admitted having sex with a
16-year-old boy she met at a local riding stable. After
pleading guilty, Vantucci agreed to surrender her
teaching license and register as a sex offender.
Rebecca Boicelli, 33: Redwood City, Calif.,
woman gave birth to a baby and DNA test results gave
prosecutors enough evidence to prove the father is
Boicelli's former student, who was 16 at the time of
conception. She was sentenced to two years in prison.
Rebecca Becker and Maria Zurita
Rebecca Becker, 28, and Maria Zurita, 28:
This teacher and teacher aide were arrested in May 2007
and charged with statuatory rape after the pair took two
16-year-old male students from the youth home where they
worked to one of their houses for a Memorial Day weekend
of sex. The school's search for the missing boys turned
up letters written by one of the teachers that were
sexually explicit and inappropriate, authorities said.
Rebecca Bogard, 27: Teacher at the
alternative school in Biloxi, Miss., was arrested Jan.
18, 2008, charged with sexual battery of a teenage male
student at the school. The complaint was filed by the
parent of the boy, who was under the age of 16. A judge
set her bail at $50,000, and she was released.
Rebecca Lee Kelley, 24: Tucson, Ariz.,
teacher at Salpointe Catholic School was indicted in
April 2007, accused of having a sexual relationship with
a 17-year-old boy. Kelley was originally was indicted on
four counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 18, but
on Oct. 15, 2007, she pleaded guilty to one count of
failure to report a reportable offense and three counts
of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and was
expected to avoid any mandatory prison time and having
to register as a sex offender.
Rebekah Todd, 25: Health and physical
education teacher at White River High School in Buckley,
Wash., resigned after she was accused of performing oral
sex on a 17-year-old boy. She had pleaded guilty to
attempted second-degree assault and was expecting a
sentence of 30 days in home detention. On March 14,
2007, the judge sentenced Todd to six months in jail.
Rebecca Robertson-Shaffer, 25: Spanish
teacher at Hilton Head Island High School, South
Carolina, pleaded guilty in 2004 to committing a lewd
act on a 15-year-old male student the previous year and
received an 8-year suspended sentence and three years of
probation. Three years later, on Dec. 2, 2007, the male
victim filed a civil suit, charging the Beaufort County
School District and the school board with neglegence
because they did nothing to prevent the abuse from
occurring and under-reacted afterward. The suit recounts
incidents where the teacher allegedly was "grooming" the
boy "in plain view" of school administrators and would
"inappropriately touch, rub against and/or hug the
Regina McKay, 33: Computer teacher at
Geronimo High School in Cotton County, Okla., pleaded no
contest on April 7, 2008, to the second-degree rape of
her 17-year-old male student in 2006. The boy told
police McKay offered to buy him cigarettes and alcohol
if he would come to her home and have sex with her. In
school, the victim said McKay would make him sit beside
her at a table and she would rub her foot up and down
his legs. If he tried to move, he said she'd get angry.
McKay received a sentence of five years, but would need
to serve just 30 days behind bars, and only on weekends.
Rhianna Ellis, 24: Social-studies teacher
at the High School for Health Professions and Human
Services in Manhattan, N.Y., allegedly began a 10-month
sexual relationship with an 17-year-old player on the
school's basketball team, and reportedly gave birth to
his baby. The teen boy even introduced Ellis to his
parents, never indicating she was his teacher.
Robin Gialanella, 26: Teacher at Silver Bay
Elementary School in Toms River, N.J., engaged in
kissing, and inappropriate conduct and conversations
with two sixth-grade boys, ages 11 and 12, in 2003 and
2004. She was sentenced to 364 days in jail with
psychotherapy, must register as a sex offender, will be
under lifetime supervision and must surrender her New
Jersey teaching certificate.
Robin Winkis, 29: English teacher at
Central York High School in York, Pa., allegedly had sex
with a 17-year-old boy after giving him alcohol.
Authorties accused her of five alleged sex acts during
October and November 2005. She pleaded guilty as part of
a deal, and was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail.
Samantha Solomon, 29: Guidance counselor at
the High School for Health Professions and Human
Services in Manhattan, N.Y. was fired after school
bosses learned she was having sex with a teenage boy.
She denies the allegations, attributing them to rumors
Sandra Borrego, 41: Dance instructor at
Most Precious Blood Catholic School in Corpus Christi,
Texas, was indicted Jan. 24, 2008, on charges she
repeatedly sexually assaulted one of her 13-year-old
students. Borrego was indicted on 22 counts of
aggravated sexual assault of a child, and was ordered to
undergo testing to determine if her baby daughter had
been fathered by her alleged victim. Arrest records
indicate the boy said he had sexual contact with Borrego
on 20 to 30 occasions behind a curtain in the school's
cafeteria, as well as at her house.
Sandra "Beth" Geisel
Sandra "Beth" Geisel, 42: English teacher
at Christian Brothers Academy, an all-boys school in
Albany, N.Y., allegedly had sex three times with a
16-year-old male student in May 2005, including once on
school grounds in the football stadium's press box.
Originally indicted in September for three counts of
third degree rape, she pleaded guilty to a single count
of rape and was sentenced to six months in jail, and
ranked as a Level 1 sex offender, the lowest risk.
Sarah Joel , 31: Teacher at Narcoossee
Community School in Osceola County, Fla., arrested Jan.
25, 2008, for allegedly having sexual relations with one
of her former male students who was 15 at the time. The
boy told authorities that when he called Joel to talk
about his problems, Joel would pick him up and take him
to her home. She faces three counts of lewd and
lascivious battery, a second-degree felony.
Shannon Best, 33: Social studies teacher at
Sanderson High School in Raleigh, N.C., resigned April
14, 2008, after being charged with taking indecent
liberties with an 18-year-old female student. A police
spokesman indicated the encounter occurred at a
residence but would not specify the location. Although
the alleged victim is of legal age, police said criminal
charges were being pursued because of the
teacher-student nature of the alleged encounter. Best
was released from the Wake County jail after posting a
Sharon Rutherford, 31: The 9th-grade
English teacher at Coffeeville High School in Alabama
was sentenced on Dec. 12, 2007, to three years in prison
and five years probation for having sex with two males
students under 16-years of age. According to one of her
former students, the two broke off their relationship
after Rutherford asked him to kill her husband, "then
she got with 8 more of my friends." Rutherford faces
more time in prison for soliciting murder.
Shelley Allen, 35: Teacher's aide from
Cherokee County, Texas, was arrested in June 2005. Allen
was charged with sexual assault of a child and faces a
possible 20 years behind bars.
Sherry Brians, 41: Middle-school
language-arts instructor in Buttonwillow, Calif.,
originally arrested in January 2006 on suspicion of
engaging in lewd acts with a 12-year-old male student, a
felony that involves sexual contact. She originally
pleaded not guilty to two counts of annoying or
molesting a child under 18, but on March 12, 2007,
pleaded no contest to reduced charges of misdemeanor
battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Sheryl A. Namahine
Sheryl A. Nawahine, 35: Idaho teacher at
Fruitland High School indicted on Sept. 21, 2007, on
three felony counts for exchanging explicit text
messages with a member of the school's football team.
She allegedly sent over 1,000 messages, including a
photo and video, to the boy – a close friend of her own
teenage son and daughter. "I take full responsibility
for my actions," she wrote in a statement. "I knew
better the whole time. All the text and picture (sic)
was generated by me, and no one else." Both Nawahine and
the teen say no sexual contact occurred.
Stephanie Burleson: Volleyball coach and
teacher at Floresville High School in Texas, pleaded
guilty in June 2005 to all charges for molesting a
16-year-old female student. She was sentenced to 10
years probation, and required to register as a sex
Stephanie Giambelluca, 24: First-year
teacher at J.D. Meisler Middle School in Metairie, La.,
was arrested in December 2006 on charges of molestation
and indecent behavior with a 12-year-old male. Police
say the acts were captured on videotape, recorded by
Ryan Mapes, 18, who was babysitting the boy. Giambelluca
allegedly disrobed to her underwear, performed a
suggestive dance for the boy and performed oral sex on
Mapes in front of the young student.
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.
Susan Clickner, 47: The 8th-grade science
teacher at Blanchard Middle School in Lowell, Mass., was
sentenced to serve 18 months for having sex with one of
her students in the back seat of her car. Clickner had
been accused of luring the 14-year-old during the summer
of 2005 into the back seat of her car and molesting him.
He later told his parents, who notified police. She also
was ordered to register as a sex offender.
Tabitha Adams, 35: Second-grade teacher at
Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, Kansas, was
arrested on Dec. 18, 2007, on charges of sexual
exploitation of a child, aggravated criminal sodomy and
aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Her bond was
set at $500,000. Neither the police department nor the
church would release the victim's age or gender.
Tamara Ryman, 37: Married algebra teacher
at Bellaire High School in Houston under investigation
for possibly having an inappropriate relationship with a
former student for whom she is the legal guardian.
Police say on March 18, 2007, they found Ryman in a
parked van with the 16-year-old, and the boy had his
pants down. Both Ryman and the teen were charged with
Teresa Engelbach, 21: Substitute teacher
from Pevely, Mo., was charged March 16, 2007, with
having sex with a 14-year-old male student, whom she
reportedly knew for years as a friend of her brother.
Jefferson County authorities charged her with three
counts of statutory rape and one count of statutory
sodomy for incidents allegedly occurring between Feb. 1
and March 13, 2007.
Toni Lynn Woods, 37: Middle-school teacher
in Braxton County, W.Va., confessed in 2005 to having
sexual intercourse with three juveniles a total of four
times and oral sex with one of those juveniles and
another juvenile a total of four times. She reportedly
described herself as a "monster" when she pleaded
guilty. She resigned, surrendered her teaching
certificate, and was given consecutive sentences of
one-to-five years on four counts of third-degree sexual
Traci Tapp, 28: Gym teacher at Hammonton
High School in New Jersey accused of sexual contact with
three male students, including having sex in her home
multiple times in one night with a 16-year-old. In
January 2006, she avoided any jail or probation time by
admitting inappropriate touching, but she lost her
Wendie Schweikert, 36: Laurens, S.C.,
elementary teacher arrested in February 2006 for having
sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old male student at
E.B. Morse Elementary School. Police said the married
woman had relations with the boy on three separate
occasions dating back to 2005, not only on campus but
also in her car near a miniature golf course near
Yvette Starzyk, 26: Female athletic trainer
and substitute teacher at Hinkley High School in Aurora,
Colo., was fired and charged with sexual assault on a
former student, a boy of 15. She turned herself in March
28, 2008. She reportedly had an ongoing sexual affair
with the boy, with the encounters taking place at
several locations away from the school. Authorities were
also investigating the possibility more victims were
involved with Starzyk.