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BLOG POST #222: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a middle school speech teacher.
His first year teaching was also his last. It took one month to erase the years invested in obtaining a teaching certificate.
A school district representative said the teacher had been, “thoroughly vetted prior to his employment and had no offenses on his record.”
Local authorities received a complaint that the 26-year-old married teacher with children of his own had been in an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student from his speech class. Shortly after the investigation began, the teacher resigned from his position.
The student told the police the teacher would send a message to her third-period teacher that he needed her in his classroom—it was his prep-period. They’d kiss, and she’d perform oral sex on him.
A sexual relationship at school and off-campus lasted for about one month. The student informed her teacher she might be pregnant. He took her to a pregnancy center that confirmed her condition.
Local police arrested the teacher. He later pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child. The judge sentenced him to two years in prison and will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life. And his teaching certificate has been revoked.
Worth Mentioning: In the month of his sentencing, there was an amendment to the penal code in that state strengthening efforts to combat inappropriate relations between teachers and students.
The amendment requires a school district to notify all parents when there is a teacher-student inappropriate relations case. School districts are also required to have social media policies prohibiting improper communication between teachers and students. Lastly, the law requires principals (not just superintendents) to report such misconduct or face penalties.
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Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram, Texas Public Sex Offender Website, State Board for Educator Certification.
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