Pamela Rogers Turner Though the criminal sex penalties are the same, victims are underage, and the alleged actions are similar, female teacher sex offenders in most cases face significantly lighter sex crime penalties than their male counterpart offenders do.
We have compiled a teacher sex offender list of female teachers who slept with students and charged with having an inappropriate teacher and student relationship. Teachers flirting with students and engaging in sexual activity seems to surfacing more often. Even more disturbing, these female teacher sex offenders have even gained pop culture status through intense media scrutiny regarding their arrests and sex crime trials. In a five 5 year study by the Associated Press from through , an average of five hundred educators faced disciplinary or criminal action following allegations of sexual relations with students.
Fueling the fascination even further, a only ten 10 percent of these teachers were women. In lieu of low numbers, the media frenzy surrounding an alleged sexual relationship between a female teacher and her student expose numerous details regarding each of these teacher and student sex encounters. Couple this intrusive form of journalism with an attractive, young female alleged offender, and a media feeding frenzy is sure to ensue.
In all cases, including any profile in the teacher sex offender list below, a person is presumed innocent unless they have been convicted and found guilty in a court of law. Melissa Ann Andreini Melissa Ann Andreini was a special education educator at Helper Junior High School in Helper, Utah when she came under investigation for sexual relations with a fifteen-year-old male student at her school.
Criminal charges filed against Andreini include three counts of third degree felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor. She is currently awaiting trial in this criminal case, which police investigators filed in August of Brekne has pled guilty to charges in both states, and her prison sentences will run concurrently.
She is currently serving a seven 7 year sentence in Warren County, New Jersey for the crimes, as well as a fifteen 15 to thirty 30 year sentence for her crimes in the state os Pennsylvania.
Brekne must also register as a sex offender for life, although maintaining in court documents that she is not a predator, nor a threat to society.
Lisa Lynette Clark Lisa Lynette Clark was a thirty-seven 37 year old mother, who attempted to marry a fifteen-year-old male, who happened to be a friend of her son, under a bizarre legal loophole under Georgia law.
Clark and the victim attempted to marry under a Georgia law stating that underage individuals may marry if the bride at the time is expecting child. The couple is legally married currently, however, Clark faced serious legal issues stemming from the pregnancy, including criminal charges statutory rape, child molestation, and enticing a minor.
Under a plea agreement, Clark has agreed to serve a nine 9 month sentence for pleading guilty to statutory rape, including agreeing not to communicate with the victim, or her husband, until he turns seventeen 17 years old. Additionally, Clark is now registered as a lifelong sex offender and is not allowed contact with any children aside from her own.
Criminal charges against Clark included one count of statutory rape through plea bargaining , which led Clark to serve a nine month period of incarceration with probation and other community control restrictions to follow her release. Margaret De Barraicua Margaret De Barraicua, then age 30 at the time of the crime, was an interim teacher at McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California when police officers found her and a sixteen 16 year old male student behind the school in a parked car.
Criminal charges against Barraicua eventually became four 4 counts of statutory rape, which she was forced to serve one 1 year imprisonment as part of her sentencing.
Sandra Beth Geisel Sandra Beth Geisel was a year old teacher employed at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, New York when, in September of , allegations and criminal charges arose surrounding her sexual conduct with multiple male students. In the end, Sandra Beth Geisel was noted for having sexual relations with at least three 3 students, although Geisel claims that the later two 2 students were involved with her sexually against her will due to their attempts to blackmail the woman.
In the end, testimony and evidence against Geisel was overwhelming, including claims she was intoxicated while on the job, actually getting arrested for DUI while awaiting trial, and allegedly providing minors alcohol.
Sandra Beth Geisel was sentenced to six months incarceration in exchange for pleading guilty. She served two months of her sentence before being released in December of Criminal charges against Geisel initially were two 2 felony counts of rape in the third degree and two 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, but through plea bargaining, Geisel and her attorney were able to greatly reduce the severity and number of actual charges she pled guilty to in the end.
Hill, who was 31 years old at the time of her arrest, was charged with having sex with an autistic, fifteen 15 year old boy on a rural road at 3: Criminal charges include pleading guilty to one 1 count of sexual misconduct with a child, which led to a sentence of two 2 years in prison , three 3 years probation, and must register as a sex offender.
Cynthia Horvath Cynthia Horvath, aged 45 at the time, was employed as a teacher at Warner Christian Academy in the state of Florida when she was arrested for having sex with a seventeen 17 year old student over the summer of The victim and Horvath regularly rendezvoused at hotels in their local area, and upon confrontation by school officials about the alleged relationship at the time, Horvath immediately resigned.
Criminal charges shortly followed, and in February of , Horvath pled guilty and received a sentence of one-year community control, seven years of probation, and registration as a sex offender.
Additional constraints included loss of her teaching license, inability to be near children, and loss of driving privileges when alone. In April of , however, Horvath was rearrested for violation of probation after engaging in a chat session with a sixteen-year-old boy on Facebook as part of a sting operation.
She is currently being held without bond in Florida. Criminal charges included unlawful sex with a minor, and in light of the recent arrest, she is currently facing violation of probation charges as well. Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, Florida when she was arrested for having multiple sex encounters with a fourteen-year-old student throughout various locations in the school, including performing oral sex on the male student in her classroom and having intercourse with him in a portable classroom located on the school campus.
Debra Beasley LaFave served no jail time for the crimes in question, and as part of her sentence, LaFave registered as a sex offender, served three years in house arrest, and must serve seven years on probation. Criminal Charges of two counts of lewd and lascivious battery in exchange for pleading guilty are those applied in the case, which allowed LaFave to avoid jail time. Donahue Elementary School located in Holyoke, Massachusetts when she was charged with six counts of statutory rape, three counts of aggravated rape and abuse, and three counts of statutory rape, and enticement of a minor regarding a fifteen-year-old male student.
In February of , the pair was finally apprehended, and in June of , criminal proceedings against Lavoie began in earnest. The aforementioned charges are still being sort out in court, and at this time, Lavoie is presumed innocent of any crime. Criminal charges against Lavoie include six counts of statutory rape, three counts of aggravated rape and abuse, and three counts of statutory rape, and enticement, however, no ruling on any of the charges has been made at this time.
Autumn Leathers Autumn Leathers was twenty-four 24 year old English teacher at Mountain Ridge High School in Alleghany County, Maryland when she was arrested for having a sexual relationship with one of her students since he was fifteen 15 years old. Leathers admitted to being involved with the student for about three 3 months before her discovery, and in January of , she pled guilty to one fourth degree criminal sex charge, which led her to receive a one 1 year suspended sentence and sex offender status.
Criminal charges against Leathers were all dropped, except for one count of a fourth degree sex offense, in light of a plea agreement. Mary Kay Letourneau Mary Kay Letourneau was a married, elementary school teacher in Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington when she began a relationship with a sixth grade student she had previously taught in second grade.
Criminal Charges of rape of a minor, which was a suspended sentence leaving Letourneau on probation for her crimes. According to police, the victim in the crime stated the acts were consensual and that she expressed no regret over the situation, as well as stating she had previously engaged in sexual relations with another educator at the school. Authorities eventually allowed Lewallen to plead guilty to two counts of oral sodomy, which upon sentencing in March of , led to a two 2 year prison sentence, with an additional eight 8 years of the sentence being suspended.
Criminal charges include pleading guilty to include two counts of oral sodomy, which during the sentencing phase of the trial, resulted in a two 2 year period of incarceration to being immediately in March of Jennifer Mally Jennifer Mally was employed as both cheerleading coach and English teacher at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, Arizona when she was arrested for charges relating to an alleged sexual relationship with a male, sixteen 16 year old student of hers.
Criminal charges include three 3 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, which she pled guilty to in May of , resulting in a six-month sentence of jail and other conditions following her release. Following some legal moves, Marinelli eventually pled guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in April of and was sentenced to one 1 year under house arrest and registration as a lifelong sex offender.
Criminal charges against Marinelli included charges of unlawful sex with a minor, to which she pled guilty in April of and is now serving out the remainder of her one 1 year house arrest sentence.
Carrie McCandless Carrie McCandless was a twenty-nine 29 year old teacher employed at Brighton Charter High School in Brighton, Colorado when she was charged in relation to alleged sexual encounters with a seventeen 17 year old male student during an overnight school camping trip in October of Investigators stated McCandless plied the young man with alcohol and engaged in sexual activity with the boy mere feet away from other students.
In the summer of , McCandless pled guilty and was sentenced to forty-five 45 days in jail. In March of , McCandless was jailed again under charges of violation of probation after it was found she had consumed alcohol and was found by authorities in the bed of another parolee. Interestingly, however, she and her husband, Chris McCandless, remain married. Criminal charges include pleading guilty to included sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Alison Peck Alison Peck was a twenty-three 23 year old teacher employed at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Missouri when she was arrested for having illegal sexual relations with a thirteen 13 year old male student. She was charged in May of with two 2 counts of statutory rape following confessing to having sex with the boy, but later, she allegedly met the student again for sex in late May of Following the second arrest, Peck has remained in jail awaiting trial due to inability to post bond.
Criminal charges against Alison Peck currently include at least two 2 counts of second-degree statutory rape and sodomy. Kelsey Peterson Kelsey Peterson was employed as a teacher at Lexington Middle School before engaging in an affair with a sixth-grade male student and fleeing with the child to Mexico in October of According to police, Peterson engaged in a sexual relationship with Fernando Rodriguez beginning when the boy was twelve 12 years old in June of , and when confronted, the pair fled to Mexico.
Due to this decision, Peterson was sentenced to six 6 years in federal prison for one count of crossing state lines to have sex with a person under the age of eighteen This was part of a plea agreement that spared her facing federal kidnapping charges. Additionally, Peterson pled guilty to two counts of state charges for felony sexual assault on a minor. She is currently serving her federal sentence. Criminal charges include being convicted of one count of violating federal laws regarding crossing state lines to have sex with a minor and two counts of sexual assault on a minor at the state level.
Stephanie Ragusa Stephanie Ragusa was a twenty-eight 28 year old middle school math teacher at Davidsen Middle School in Tampa, Florida before she was arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with two underage students.
At three separate times, Ragusa was arrested during March and April of for engaging in sexual activities with two underage male students, aged fourteen 14 and sixteen Her case is notorious for the pleasant smile she makes in all three of her mug shots. Currently, Ragusa is awaiting trial for multiple charges including felony sex with a child and lewd and lascivious battery.
Criminal charges against Ragusa are still pending, but initially, she has been charged with a count of felony sex with a minor and lewd and lascivious battery. The pair was apprehended together after Rice and the child decided to run away together and an Amber Alert was issued for the child.
Additionally, investigators have noted she may have had a sexual relationship with another fifteen 15 year old male previously as well. Criminal charges include at least five 5 counts of first-degree child rape, one 1 count of kidnapping, and at least four 4 counts of first-degree child molestation. However, in , Sanders was arrested for essentially arranging a multi-partner sexual encounter at a local motel via Facebook involving two 2 girls aged twelve and thirteen, underage boys, and a twenty-two 22 year old man.
Sanders also allegedly involved her own daughter in motel activities, including buying the teen alcohol and driving a car around while minors engaged I sexual activity in the back seat. Sanders pled guilty in late January of to five 5 counts of allowing abuse of a minor. She was sentenced to a total of fifty 50 years in prison, but is eligible for parole in Criminal charges against Sanders were reduced through plea arrangements that allowed the woman to plead guilty to five 5 counts of permitting abuse of a minor, which each contain a potential penalty of up to ten 10 years of incarceration.
Natasha Sizow Natasha Sizow was a twenty-four 24 year old social studies teacher and swim coach at Granby High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia until she was arrested in February of under suspicion of sending nude photos of herself via her cellular phone to two seventeen 17 year old students, including a male and a female. In April of , however, all charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. Criminal charges against Sizow were all dropped, but she was initially charged with two 2 counts each of indecent liberties and use of a communications device to facilitate crimes against children.
Abbie Jane Swogger Abbie Jane Swogger, age twenty- eight 28 , was a teacher at Highlands Senior High School in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania before she was arrested for sexual conduct involving students and other minors.
According to police, a rented hotel room contained Swogger, several teens aged fourteen 14 to fifteen 15 , and numerous other illicit items, including alcohol, cannabis, and an open condom wrapper.
Later revelations in the case showed that Swogger had regularly engaged in sexual acts with young men as young as fourteen These allegations included photos leaked online showing Swogger being groped by six underage boys while nude. After the final tally was made, Swogger faced a total of 39 charges relating to her illicit sexual behavior, including providing crack cocaine to some of her victims.
In May of , she pled guilty to eleven of the thirty-nine charges and received a three 3 to six 6 year sentence with an additional thirty-six 36 years of probation, including lifelong registration as a sex offender. Criminal charges against Swogger were at an all time high of 39 at one point during her criminal case, however, after making a plea bargain arrangement, Swogger pled guilty to eleven 11 charges, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, and possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine.
Traci Tapp Traci Tapp, age twenty-six 26 years old, was a gym teacher at Hammonton High School in Hammonton, New Jersey when she initiated a relationship with a fifteen 15 year old student in Apparently, Tapp had previously been involved in a long-term relationship with another underage student previously, and several other students came forward with information stating they had sexual contact with the teacher.