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Sep 282016

laura-richLaura Rich, 38-year-old former substitute teacher form Cherokee County, Georgia, has been accused of having sex at leats two of her students.

Rich, of Woodstock, was arrested Friday and charged with sexual assault by a teacher, although both victims were of the age of consent in Georgia.
“It’s the relationship she had as teacher-student that made it a crime,” said Cherokee County sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker.

Investigators said Rich, who had been employed as a substitute teacher at Ace Academy in Canton until last month, had an illicit tryst with a 16-year-old student in early 2015.

Later that year, according to police, Rich had another sexual encounter with an 18-year-old student at her home in Cedarl Mill Drive in Acworth, reported Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The victims’ genders have not been publicly disclosed.

Cherokee County School District notified police about the alleged relationships.

School district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby told the paper that Rich’s last day as a teacher was August 19, and she has since been barred from working as a substitute teacher anywhere in Cherokee County.

Rich was booked into Cherokee County Detention Center on Friday and was released the same day after posting $22, 400 bond.

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Sep 192016

justine-nelsonJustine Nelson, 30-year-old middle school teacher from Fresno, California, arrested last week and charged with multiple sex crimes after authorities learned that she was having an inappropriate relationship with one of her students.

Nelson was booked and released on Thursday, and will be facing one count of oral copulation with a minor and two counts of possession of child pornography.

ABC 30 reports that Nelson, who is married, confessed to the police that she and the boy had a relationship after her arrest.

Nelson’s relationship with the teenager began last spring while he was a student in her class according to investigators with the Fresno Police Department.

The two allegedly engaged in sexual activity at Tenaya Middle School, where Nelson is a part-time teacher.

She performed a sex act on the boy three times according to police. Nelson is then accused of sending the boy nude photos over the summer.

The victim is now in high school and no longer attends Tenaya Middle School, where as of now Nelson still has a job.

He posted the photos online, and some of his fellow students saw the naked pictures sent by Nelson, prompting the vice principal of the school to call police.

‘The whole thing is sad. Just what she did, totally sad. That victim will be impacted for a long time, it’s just ridiculous,’ said Lieutenant Joe Gomez of the Fresno Police Department.

Nelson was filmed as she left the police station on Thursday and got into a waiting car that was being drive by an unknown man.

She looked stoic and did not speak as she made her way into the vehicle.

When a reporter approached her asking if she had any comment, the man screamed out the window: ‘Maybe get your story right. Get your story right!’ The reporter than asked what the real story was, to which the man again screamed: ‘Get your story right!’

The two then drove off from the jail.

Lieutenant Gomez said the department is still investigating to see if there may be moire victims.

The Fresno Unified School District released a statement last week, saying: ‘Allegations of this nature are extremely disturbing and do not reflect the high professional standards the district expects from staff.

‘In the event these allegations are proven factual, the district will take swift and appropriate action.’

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Apr 052016

Jaclyn McLaren, accused of sex with multiple young boys

Jaclyn McLaren, accused of sex with multiple young boys

Jaclyn McLaren, 36-year-old eastern Ontario school teacher already facing 36 sex-related counts faces even more sex crime related charges.

Provincial police charged Jaclyn McLaren, 36, in February after launching an investigation into allegations involving young people between the ages of 12 and 15 in Tweed between 2013 and this year.

Multiple charges of sexual assault on a person under 16, sexual interference with a person under 16, invitation to sexual touching with a person under 16, sexual exploitation, luring a person under 16, making sexually explicit material available to a person under 16 and making child pornography were laid.

Police say two counts of making sexually explicit material available to a person under 16 and four counts of making sexually explicit material available to a person under 18 were laid Thursday morning.

Representatives from the school board say McLaren has been relieved of her duties but won’t say if she’s off on paid leave. The offenses are alleged to have taken place over the span of 3 years, while McLaren was teaching at Tweed Elementary School and involve mostly school aged boys between 12-15.

A local parent says the community is in disbelief after a female teacher was arrested and charged with dozens of sex crimes, and says it should serve as a warning to parents to keep a closer eye on their childrens’ social media activities.

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Feb 112016

christine-taylor-01Christine Taylor, 44-year-old Illinois school teacher, invited a 16-year-old boy and his mother over to her house for pizza on New Year’s Day.

The pizza date was set for that Friday at 9 p.m. in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. Christine Taylor then told the boy’s mother that she and the woman’s son were going to go walk the dog.

That’s all fine and good except for one little thing – instead of taking the boy and dog out, she took him into her bedroom instead, and allegedly engaged in several sex acts with him there.

All the while, the boy’s mother sat at the dining room table with the pizza not aware that the adult woman was having sex with her son upstairs. She eventually realized something was amiss and contacted authorities.

The Jefferson Junior High School teacher was arrested later that evening.

The boy, as it turns out, wasn’t a student at her school at all, but, as State’s Attorney Robert Berlin told the Chicago Tribune, “While the victim in this case was not a student at Jefferson Middle School, Ms Taylor, as a teacher, still holds a position of trust in the community.”

She’s now being held on a $300,000 bond.

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Oct 192015

breanne-nicole-brown-9Breanne Brown, 31-year-old former teacher at Abilene High School, Abilene Texas, has been indicted for Sexual Assault of a Child.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said Brown had sex with a 16-year-old on at least 10 different occasions. He said Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns interviewed the teacher and the abuse still continued after the interview. Brown admitted to having this sexual relationship with a student under the age of seventeen multiple times, according to documents related to the case.

Brown was arrested on January 13th of this year just days after the last incident occurred which the documents say was on January 4th.
Another former employee of AISD, Dean Michael Trook of Holland Medical High School, was arrested on similar charges in December of 2014.

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Oct 152015

Michelle SulzickiMichelle Sulzicki, 28-year-old former teacher’s aide from Stratford, Connecticut, for for allegedly having a several years long sexual relationship with a teen student.

Sulzicki, a teacher’s aide at Chapel Elementary School in Stratford, was arrested after The Bunnell High School student, told Stratford police that Michelle Sulzicki, 28, began sexually assaulting him when he was 12 years old. The assaults occurred in his bedroom, while his parents were home, when Sulzicki was supposed to be tutoring him.
The school resource officer at Bunnell learned of the allegations from the school’s principal and a counselor on Sept. 24. The counselor, Kathy Steglitz, told police that the boy came to her office because something was bothering him and he wanted to tell someone, according to the warrant for Sulzicki’s arrest. He then told her that Sulzicki sexually assaulted him while he was in sixth and seventh grade.
Sulzicki was a teacher’s aide at the time of the alleged assaults, but was working as a teacher at Chapel Street Elementary School when the boy contacted the counselor. Stratford’s superintendent of schools, Janet Robinson, said Sulzicki was removed from the classroom as soon as officials learned of the allegations.
Sulzicki is on paid administrative leave while school officials go through the process to fire her, Robinson said.
The boy told police that he and Sulzicki repeatedly engaged in sexual intercourse “at his house and often while his parents were in a different room,” according to the arrest warrant.
In a forensic interview with a licensed clinical social worker, the boy said that the first time he and Sulzicki engaged in sexual conduct “he did not wear a condom and Michelle had forced him to have sex,” according to the warrant. “The victim said they had sex between 15 and 20 times over a period of about two years. The victim said Michelle would sometimes bring condoms for him to wear.”
The boy told the social worker that he found out Sulzicki was pregnant a short time after the last time they had sex, and that he is not sure if he is the father.
In an interview with Stratford detectives, Sulzicki at first denied having any sexual contact with the boy, then said it happened only once when the boy was in sixth grade. She also noted for detectives that she “did not charge the family for tutoring the victim and did it voluntarily,” according to the warrant.
Sulzicki also told detectives that the boy “would always talk to her about watching porn and she would discuss with the victim the way she preferred to [have] intercourse.” She also denied that the boy was the father of her 5-month-old daughter and insisted they only had sex once when the boy was in sixth grade.
Police seized Sulzicki’s cell phone after she told them she communicated with the boy via text message and phone calls.
Sulzicki turned herself in Wednesday morning after learning police had obtained an arrest warrant charging her with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact with a minor and risk of injury to a minor, they said.
Bail in this female sex crime case was set at $100,000, which she posted Wednesday afternoon. She is due back in court Nov. 3.
Robinson said she was “outraged and appalled” by the allegations. “As soon as there was an indication of a possible crime, our immediate response was to remove that individual from any further contact with any of our students,” Robinson said.
Police said they have no reason to believe that there are other victims, but urged anyone who has information that indicates otherwise to call detectives at 203-385-4123.

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Oct 062015

Katie RufenerKatie Rufener, 26-year-old former sience teacher at Holcomb High School, Garden City, Kansas, is accused of having sexual relations with a student.

he Finney County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 19, March 20 and April 10 of this year, they received reports that a teacher at Holcomb High School had consensual sexual relations with an 18-year-old male student. The alleged incidents happened at the teacher’s home in Garden City. Rufener has since moved to Ohio.

On the same day the Sheriff’s Office received the first complaint, Ohio Department of Education records show Ruefner passed a state and federal background check in the process of applying for a teacher’s license there.
This fall she started teaching Anatomy, Biology, and a writing prep course at Ohio’s Southern Local High School in Salineville. She’s also been the 7th and 8th grade Girl’s Volleyball coach.
The superintendent at Southern Local says Rufener has been on paid leave since early last week when she told him about pending charges here in Kansas.
She’s charged with three felony counts of unlawful sexual relations with a student. In Kansas it is illegal for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student, even if that student is over 18.
If convicted she could be sentenced to more than eight years in prison.
She has been released on her own recognizance.

Two factors contributed towards Rufener getting another teaching job in Ohio – timing, and communication between law enforcement and school districts.

Katie Rufener submitted her resignation to the Holcomb School District in March, and continued teaching there until the end of the semester – which the district’s superintendent, Jean Rush, says is a very normal process.

According to the Finney County Sheriff’s Department, the first report of Rufener “having consensual sexual relations” with an 18-year-old student was March 19th, 2015.

Her background check in Ohio also took place on March 19th – the same date the initial report of Rufener allegedly having sex with a student at her Garden City home.

The superintendent of the Southern Local school district in Ohio, John Willson, says ongoing investigations are not typically flagged in background checks.

He also says Rufener had several letters of recommendation from Holcomb – her former school district here in Kansas.

Rush, the Holcomb superintendent, also said in a phone call that she had no idea Rufener was being investigated earlier this year.

She says the first time she heard about Rufener’s three felony charges or the investigation was last Friday, from the Garden City newspaper.

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Sep 282015

Amanda AskariAmanda Askari, 36-year-old teacher’s aide from Grayson County, Texas, has been sentenced to eight years probation for sex with one of her students.

According arrest affidavit, Mrs Askari confessed to Sherman Police that she and James Newman, 18, had sex more than 10 times, starting in January, 2015, when she was still a teacher’s aid at Sherman High School and Newman was a student aid in the same classroom.

The affidavit says two days after Child Protective Services reported the innapropriate activity to police, Askari’s husband came home, and found Newman together with his wife. A fight broke out, and when Sherman Police arrived at the Askari’s apartment, they arrested the teen and former educator for assaulting her husband.

Askari allegedly told police she loves Newman, and was planning to divorce her husband. She will serve eight years probation. If she violates it, she will serve six years in prison.

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Sep 272015

Laura LasekLaura Lasek, 27-year-old former teacher at Marysville High School, Yuba County, California, has been convicted of statutory rape and oral copulation with a 15-year-old boy on multiple occasions.

Lasek met the boy at a school that educates at-risk students, Thomas E. Mathews School, where she worked from October to December. According to court papers she engaged in sex acts with 15-year-old student multiple times during that period.

During an interview with a probation officer, Lasek gave an explanation for her actions. She said she had become overwhelmed and students were making inappropriate comments to her. She liked the victim and the two began texting, which evolved into a sexual relationship that she hid from her husband.
Her actions with the boy were discovered after a teacher’s aide overheard the victim talking about a sexual photo Lasek sent him. After she was confronted by school administrators and she admitted the relationship to her husband, she resigned from her teaching position, according to a probation department report.

Lasek, who was sentenced to serve 180 days in county jail and five years probation was also ordered to pay a $600 restitution fine, $1,140 sexual offender registration fine, $40 a month for probation, $370 for a probation report, a $43 booking fee, and $100 in additional court fees.

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Jul 222015

Lauren HillLauren Hill, 27-year-old former teacher at St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, Michigan, has been sentenced to a minimum of 48 months in prison.

Hill pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in May. Two counts of third-degree CSC were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

“The two charges to which she pled guilty involved using her position of authority to have sexual contact with a minor under the age of 16 years,” said Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic in a press release.

The victim was said to be just 15 years old when the relationship began. “During this time, the victim was looking for a mentor. Her family was going through a difficult time, and Miss Hill was there for her. And Miss Hill crossed the line and turned the relationship mentor/ mentee, into that of a sexual nature,” said Berrien County Assistant Prosecutor Jacob Jenison. “This situation lasted from when the victim was going to be a sophomore in high school, all the way until the end of her senior year – for those reasons she could not complete her senior year with her classmates. It was supposed to be one of the best times of her life.”

“In most criminal cases, the victim’s loss can be made whole,” said Berrien County Judge Gary J. Bruce. “Stolen money can be replaced, injuries can heal, medical bills can be reimbursed, a broken window can be repaired. But the loss of the best four years of your life can never be gotten back.”

For her part, Hill fought off tears as she told the court she was sorry to cause so much “devastation.”

Hill said she had made decisions based on emotions and not common sense.

Hill was educated at Michigan State University where she played soccer. The judge called Hill’s support network of family and friends the strongest he had ever seen.

Hill’s defense attorney said his client was a bit “naïve” on the subject of punishment because she had never been in trouble before.

The victim was said to be in the courtroom, but did not speak at the sentencing hearing.

The judge encouraged Hill to continue her teaching career while behind bars, after learning she had worked as a volunteer for the Fresh Start program while in jail.

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