This Teacher’s Actions Sent Her To Prison

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 Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

You’ll find nepotism in almost any business, most notably in the U.S. White House. School districts are no different. Relatives help relatives become gainfully employed.

I once managed the student services side of a school transportation department while my husband managed the vehicle maintenance side.

BLOG POST #141: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a female teacher and coach.

Nepotism

The husband and wife both worked at the school, a small co-ed PreK through 12th-grade private Christian school with approximately 250 students. In fact, the wife’s mother also taught at the school. There will be more on the husband at the end of the post.

Bad Teacher

At the time of her arrest the wife was teaching physical education, elementary school computer classes, was the head coach for girls’ basketball and volleyball.

Before she worked at the school, she attended the school as a student. When a student returns to a school as a teacher, you’d expect a higher level of respect for their Alma mater. She’d only worked there for a little more than one year when she began having sex with a male student.

It was noted that none of the crimes occurred on school grounds. The sexual relationship with the student lasted 18 months.

Felonious Behavior

She was arrested and charged with 11 counts of engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19.

Having been charged with a Class B felony, the former teacher was faced with the possibility of a 20-year prison sentence—she accepted a plea agreement.

Hail Mary

Before entering a guilty plea, her attorney attempted to get the action postponed based on a court’s recent finding that the state’s teacher-student sex law was unconstitutional as it was applied in two other cases.

The court did not find the same was true in this case. So she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

From The Classroom To The Prison Cell

She’ll only be required to serve three years and upon release receive probation for five years. Also under the plea agreement, she must follow the state’s sex offender laws and cannot have any contact with the victim.

Consequences for teachers who engage in sex with students (minors) vary widely between states. Read the post The Kind Of Teacher You Don’t Want Teaching Your Son, to see the length of sentence that female teacher received.

Worth Mentioning: The husband of seven years was arrested the day after his wife. He was also charged with a sex act with a (female) student under the age of 19. His case will be the subject of a future post as it’s still working its way through the court system.

What do you think about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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