This weekly series is an attempt to shine a light on a problem that is bigger than anyone wants to realize, people who we have entrusted with the care of our children preying upon them.
I'll provide my usual disclaimer, the vast majority of teachers are good people who are likely more enraged by the actions of their peers than you are. This post is not an attack on teachers in general.
When will the media stand up and start paying this problem the attention it deserves? When we get outraged, that's when...
- Daniel Sundstrom, 47, reportedly a student teacher at Pioneer Junior High School in Upland, California through Cal State Fullerton has been arrested on suspicion of communicating with a minor for lewd acts. Sundstrom was arrested Thursday in connection with the stalking of a 14-year-old girl on MySpace.com.
- Marsha J. Mote, aka, “Marcy” Mote, 37, a former teacher at Tyro Community Christian School, in Tyro, Kansas has entered a no contest plea to a charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. In March Mote was charged on allegations that she took indecent liberties with a 14-year-old female
- Matthew James Stewart, aka “Jamie” Steward, 25, a math teacher and coach for track and field and boys and girls cross country teams at Cass High School in Cartersville, Georgia has been arrested on a sexual assault charge. Stewart was arrested yesterday by the school district chief resource officer.
- Julie Pritchett, 34, a former special education teacher at Clay-Chalkville Middle School in Trussville, Alabama has been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree sodomy and one count of second-degree sexual abuse in a case alleging two male students who are under the age of consent as victims.
- Updated 06/20/08 Maggie Laughlin, 23, a math teacher at Shore Junior High School in Mentor, Ohio has been arrested and charged with sexual battery and and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor on allegations that he had sex with a 15-year-old male student.
- Shelton Hill, 31, an English teacher who served as a yearbook adviser and assistant boys’ basketball coach at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, California has been arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
- Thomas Pagliaro, 32, the newly hired head football coach and special education teacher at Highland High School, in Highland, Illinois has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a teen girl and fleeing police.
- Dana L. Meeks, 32, a substitute teacher at Crossett High School in Crossett, Arkansas has reportedly been arrested charged with three counts of first degree sexual assault of a 17-year-old student. Reportedly the sexual contacts are alleged to have occurred away from the school.
- Nathan Powell, 28, a former teacher and coach at Whitwell High School in Whitwell, Tennessee has been has been arrested and charged with nine counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and nine counts of aggravated statutory rape.
- Salvador Mata, 51, a third grade teacher of English as a second language at J.W. Long Elementary School in Terrell, Texas has been arrested on allegations of sexually assaulting a female student.
- Dennis Wayne Hudgens, 42, a geography teacher at Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Texas has been arrested on allegations of an inappropriate relationship between an educator and a student. Hudgens is accused of having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
- Michael Patrick Harris, 31, a former health and physical education teacher at Landstown Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia has been sentenced on one count of indecent liberties with a custodial minor.
Harris was arrested in January 2007 on allegations that he touched the breast of a 13-year-old girl while she was changing clothes at his home.