Thursday, August 30, 2012

Norwalk High School teacher guilty of sex with student

Alexa Nasonti, a 25-year-old former art teacher at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Ohio, who was charged in June 2012  after she allegedly had sex with a student, has pleaded guilty to sexual battery for engaging in sexual conduct with a 17-year-old boy at a home in Bellevue.

Her guilty plea came in a deal that would give her no more than 18 months in prison, but she will be labeled as a sex offender. The sentencing is scheduled for October 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Castalia police said Nasonti was found with the boy on April 2 at 9 p.m. in a parked car at Lion’s Park near the Margaretta School District Board of Education Office. Hundreds of texts between a Norwalk teacher and her student led to criminal and administrative investigations as the messages hinted that there was sexual conduct between the two at a home in Bellevue on March 31.

Nasonti pleaded not guilty to a single count of sexual battery during an arraignment hearing in Sandusky County in June and She was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Sandusky County prosecutor Tom Stierwalt said his recommendation for sentencing will depend on the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation to be completed by the probation department. If the investigation indicates she deserves prison time, he'll request she be sentenced up to 18 months behind bars.

Alexa Nasonti pleads guilty in Norwalk teacher-stuent sex case

Tennessee teacher gets prison for sex with a teen

Sherri Lynn Baffa, former teacher at Sullivan East High School in Sullivan County, Tennessee, who was accused in September 2011 of sex offenses involving a male juvenile, has pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in accordance with an agreement with the prosecution.

Initially Baffa faced seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor she pleaded guilty to all of them in exchange for 8 years behind bars. The plea agreement required Baffa to agree to serve 100 percent of an 8-year prison term and pay a $2,000 fine. must also undergo a sexual offender evaluation and will be placed on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry for a minimum of 10 years. After that, she may petition to be removed from the registry. She must also pay a $3,000 sexual offender surcharge.

The type of plea deal she took is called an Alford plea, in which the defendant maintains innocence and does not admit to alleged acts, but agrees that sufficient evidence exists for a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Investigation of the case began when  Baffa’s former husband found a camera containing explicit photographs of Baffa and the alleged victim nude and/or engaged in sex acts. Baffa’s ex-husband reported the discovery to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office on May 2 2011, advising the photos were dated Feb. 16, 2007. At that time, the alleged victim was 16 years of age.

Baffa had previously turned herself in after a Sullivan County grand jury indicted her on Aug. 30, 2011. At that time, the Web site for Sullivan East listed Baffa as a teacher of algebra and geometry.

Following her arrest, school officials said Baffa was initially placed on administrative leave with pay, with her status later changed to without pay. On Monday, Larry Hall, with the Sullivan County Department of Education, said Baffa resigned on Feb. 25.

Sherri Baffa sentenced to eight-year prison term

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Swanton teacher found guilty in sex case

Michelle Blosser, 44-year-old former psychology teacher at Swanton High School, in Swanton, Ohio, has been found guilty of attempting to engage in sexual conduct with a student and sentenced to one year of community control and ordered her to serve 10 days in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Blosser was arrested in March 2012 after she was accused of engaging in sex with a male student. At the time she was indicted on one count of sexual battery. Rumors at the school led to the investigation of Blosser. Authorities said she attempted to engage in sexual conduct in February with a student at Swanton High, where she taught psychology, sociology, and advanced placement psychology.

Fulton County Common Pleas Judge James Barber also ordered Blosser to pay prosecution costs, receive a mental health assessment, and have no contact with the victim. If she does not abide by those conditions, she could be ordered to serve a year in prison.

According to Principal Steve Gfell “Mrs Blosser wasalways willing to go the extra mile to help our students be successful. She had a great rapport with our students, and her classes were always in high demand. In fact, this year, so many students signed up for her psychology class we had to create an extra section of the course to accommodate the demand.”


Swanton teacher sentenced in sex case‎

Female teacher handslapped with probation for sex with two students

Stacy Hopkins, 29-year-old former female teacher at the Arlington High School in Arlington, Tennessee, who pleaded guilty last month to having sex with two students, has been sentenced to four years probation.

Hopkins was arrested in May 2011 after she was accused of engaging in sex with two male students along with sending them nude images of herself. She initially faced two counts of aggravated statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor. The investigation of the alleged sexual relationship between female teacher and her male students began after police received a phone call from Stacy Hopkin’s ex-boyfriend stating that Hopkins sent inappropriate text messages to two male victims. Upon further investigation, both victims advised receiving text messages containing nude images. They also advised investigators they had sexual intercourse with the suspect.

In July this year Hopkins pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with two of her male students, ages 16 and 17. She had faced up to 22 years in prison if convicted of all charges. According to the plea agreement , prosecutors dropped charges involving the photos, all charges involving one of the 17-year-old students and reduced the more serious felony charges of statutory rape by an authority figure involving the other two victims.

Hopkins was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

In addition to probation, Hopkins is prohibited from having contact with the students and can hold no supervisory position involving children under 18, including as a teacher, youth counselor or even a baby sitter.

 No Jail Time for Arlington Teacher Charged With Raping Students‎

Oklahoma teacher arrested on second-degree rape charges

Wendy L. Hickman, 40-year-old English teacher at Bethel High School in Bethel, Oklahoma, was arrested in mid August 2012 on second-degree rape charges alleging that she had sex with a 16-year-old student.

The investigation by Pottawatomie County Police began when the mother of the 16-year-old student came into the Sheriff’s Department to report what she described as a sexual assault on her son. The student told police that Hickman had also sent him nude photographs of herself, which investigators and the Bethel Schools Superintendent Jerry M. Johnson confirmed to be her. According to student they only had sex the one time at her mother’s house “around the end of July” this year.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Hickman’s home and found a picture of the suspect on her cell phone showing her with her pants down while fondling herself. That photograph, which also showed her face, was compared with pictures of her on Facebook and Bethel Superintendent Jerry Johnson was shown pictures from the student’s phone and identified Hickman from those.

According to court documents, Hickman was the teen’s English teacher during the 2011-12 school year.

Superintendent Johnson released the following statement to News 9 regarding Hickman’s arrest:

Our school system was notified by Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department that Wendy Hickman, a former employee of Bethel High School was arrested yesterday afternoon and arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of second degree rape. She was a former freshman English teacher and resigned from that position Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
Bethel Schools has always cooperated with local law enforcement authorities. We are cooperating with them now and will continue to support their efforts whenever asked. We have a resource officer from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office on campus that has been extremely helpful to our administration.
Bethel Schools has always been well known as a quality educational institution and our patrons are very aware that we are extremely dedicated to the safety of our students

Hickman made her initial video court appearance from the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center last Thursday, where a $25,000 bond was set on a provision she would have no contact with the teen student upon release. Formal charges have not been filed.

According to jail records, Hickman posted bond late Thursday; she is scheduled for further court action on Sept. 6.

Former Bethel female teacher arrested on rape complaint involving student‎

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Another Florida Woman Accused of Sex With Teen Boy

Renee Mangini, 44-year-old woman from Citrus County, Florida, has been accused of engaging in sex with a neighbor’s 15-year-old son. She faces one count of lewd and lascivious battery involving a minor.

In mid-May the boy, who was a regular visitor at Magnini’s home, told police that that he and Mangini had performed sex acts on each other and that they had had full sexual intercourse on two occasions on a couch in her livingroom. When Mrs. Magnini was interviewed by the investigators she first said no when asked about the alleged sexual relationship with the underage victim but later admitted that they did have sex, but only once. She said she would like to apologize to the boy and realized that she made a mistake and would take responsibility for it.

Mangini was arrested and booked into custody with bond set at $5,000.

Homosassa woman charged with sex crime against neighbor's son

Monday, August 27, 2012

Female teacher gets 15 years of prison for sex with teen boy

Amanda L. Cooney, 27-year-old former teacher reading at Okaloosa Academy Charter School in Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida, who was arrested in November 2011 and was accused of fleeing Florida with a teenage boy has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and designated a sexual offender.

In April 2012 Cooney pleaded no contest to multiple crimes including burglary, theft, fraud and forgery, and unlawful sex with a minor.

Okaloosa County Circuit Judge Michael Flowers sentenced Amanda Cooney on several charges, including unlawful sexual activity with a minor, grand theft, burglary and credit card fraud. After compliting her sentence in prison, Cooney will spend 10 years on sexual offender probation. She will have a curfew and be allowed no unsupervised contact with children. She also will be required to register her sexual offender status with authorities and not allowed within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds or convenience stores.

Last year Cooney left a short note of resignation on the desk of her classroom at Okaloosa Academy Charter School in Crestview before allegedly disappearing with a 16-year-old former student. According to authorities they blazed a trail of petty theft and credit card fraud all the way to Ohio. Three Florida law enforcement agencies coordinated charges on the warrants while police in Riverside, Ohio, arrested the two.

A Riverside police officer was suspicious of green Ford parked in an out-of-the-way location Friday. He scanned the plates and saw notes from Florida warning that they should be considered armed and dangerous. After calling for backup, police learned Cooney acquired the room under a false name. Cooney opened the door to officers, and the two were arrested without incident. Police recovered credit cards not belonging to either of them, drug paraphernalia and a stolen, 9mm semiautomatic pistol from under a pillow. It had a round in the chamber and 13 in the magazine.


Florida teacher gets 15 years for sex with teen‎

Texas Woman Accused of Child Sex - with More Than One Victim

Judy Lynn Langford, alias Judy Lynn Harroff, 35-year-old substitute teacher at Harmony ISD, Upshur County, Texas, has been indictedon charges of sexual assault of a child and online solicitation of a minor, involving at least too teen males. Langford was arrested at her home on Wednesday after an eight month long investigation.

 Police said the encounters took place at school, where Langford also sends her own children, and her home. According to invrestigators, the alleged victims are aged 15 and 16, but there is a possibility that more victims might be found during the investigation. Langford, mother of two, was suspended from her job on December 1 after school officials were told she was under investigation for engaging in sex with an minor. The school had no knowledge that anything was happening during the academic year. Langford was released on $60,000 bond.

 Woman Indicted on Sexual Assault of Child

OC Mom guilty of sex with teen boy

Kathia Maria Davis, 45-year-old Orange County woman has been  found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy. The jury could not reach a verdict on whether she did the same to a 13-year-old. Davis was found guilty of four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was acquitted of one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and the jury hung on four counts alleging she performed lewd acts with a then-13-year-old boy.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker alleged Davis provided alcohol to members of her son’s hockey team and sexually assaulted at least two of them between 2005 and 2010. Authorities eventually were notified after the 16-year-old’s mother revealed to Davis’ ex-husband that her son admitted to having sexual liaisons with Davis.

Davis, who was taken into custody after the verdicts, could face up to five years in prison, Cohn said. However, she could also be placed on probation and might be able to serve her time in a county jail while avoiding a lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Davis’ home developed a reputation for being a “party house” where the hockey players could gain easy access to alcohol. The older boy, who was 16 at the time, had sex with the defendant in the summer of 2010, according to the prosecutor. Indignant parents confronted Davis at some point about the parties at her home and she promised to dial it down. Last summer, the boy and Davis had sex again on a couple more occasions and the boy eventually told his mother.
When confronted by investigators, Davis denied having sex with the older boy, but then later acknowledged it. Davis alleged the younger boy “came on to her and she rebuffed him”. According to Davis lawyer, his client consistently denied initiating any sexual contact with the younger boy. The boy and Davis’ son “got into alcohol” in the house and got drunk. As the two boys and Davis’ daughter were watching television and were dozing off, the 13-year-old tried to kiss Davis. “She shoved him away and said, `What the heck are you doing? This ain’t happening. You’ve had too much to drink,”‘ according to defence. Davis felt compelled to tell the boy’s mother what happened, but was “leery” because she was concerned that he had gotten drunk during a stay at her home. The defense attorney said even after the incident, the boy’s mother planned a trip to the Bahamas for her family and Davis’ family.

The defense attorney also denied his client supplied alcohol to the hockey players, saying the youths sneaked booze into the parties and would play “beer pong” in a garage while the adults were elsewhere in the house.

The older boy “became enamored of Kathia” and started sending his “crush” text messages saying he wanted to have sex with her and. Davis, who at at the time was going through a “tumultuous divorce ” eventually gave in to the boy, according to defence.

Davis faced a maximum sentence of 17 years and eight months in state prison if convicted on all charges.

Kathia Davis found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy

Woman gets prison for sex with teen boy in unoccupied house

Robin Hackney, 34-year-old woman from Canyon, Idaho, was sentenced last month to eight years in prison but the sentence was suspended and she was given probation and ordered to jail for 120 days. She was arrested in January 2012 for allegedly engaging in sex with a teenage boy at an unoccupied house.

She admitted to having sex with the victim at least two times and confirmed that she had brought the victim to the undisclosed property multiple times. It’s not clear how the two met. Family members of the teenager got suspicious as the boy was spending too much time with the older whoman so they hired a private investigator who then caught them having sex on video in an unoccupied house.

 Idaho Woman Gets Jail for Sex With Teen Boy

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ex-Highlands teacher sentenced for sex with student‎

Andrea Conners, 33-year-old accounting and finance teacher at Highlands High School, Ft. Thomas.Kentucky, resigned in May 2012 after amid suspicion of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student. Married mother of two young boys was indicted on a charge of first-degree sex abuse stemming from a sexual relationship with 17-year-old male student during October and November 2011.
At first Mrs Conners denied everything, but a month later to avoit a trial teacher pleaded guilty on one count of first-degree sexual abuse. The plea came during only her second time in court on the charge. She allegedly had sex with the boy numerous times, both in classrooms on the school’s campus and at the teen’s home, prosecutors claimed, but her guilty plea meant that neither she nor the student had to testify in front of a court.
In August 2012 Andrea Conners was sentenced by Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Fred Stine to serve 90 days in jail and five years of probation. She must also complete 500 hours of community service and register as a sex offender for 20 years.
Her attorney Rob Dziech said his client was remorseful and that her ‘horrible mistake’ had ruined her ten-year marriage and damaged her relationship with her two sons. The former business and communications teacher has been married for more than a decade to the principal of a nearby junior high school, who reportedly stood by her in court during her hearing in June.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Michelle Snodgrass had recommended an 18-month sentence. She then told Stine details of the crime that hadn’t become public since Conners pleaded guilty to avoid trial. “There was sex in the school, in the classroom, state park, her parents’ home,” Snodgrass said. “This was not a one-time incident, your honor. This is not a one-time mistake. This was an ongoing sexual relationship between a teacher and her student.” She cited research that shows adolescent boys who engaged in sexual relationships with female teachers have an difficulties engaging in appropriate relationships as adults. She also told the court that the victim has been hospitalized four times, mainly related to issues of his anxiety and stress and that he blames himself for what happened.
Conners’ attorney, Rob Dziech, had asked for probation so his client could continue psychological counseling and her two young children could avoid the stigma of having a mother in jai.

Teacher used 'pizza and sex' to seduce kids‎

Bethany Appleton, 28-year-old female teacher at Shelbyville Middle School, Shelbyville, Indiana, has been accused of having sexual relations with students and giving them alcohol and marijuana, and was arrested earlier this month for allegedly engaging in sex with several middle school students.
Appleton faces multiple felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction, maintaining a common nuisance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Investigators said that Appleton had sexual relations with at least one student at her residence, but expect there are several victims. Appleton is also accused of providing thestudents with alcohol and marijuana.
The investigation also found that Appleton drank and smoked marijuana with the students in incidents that occurred between April 2011 and May 2012, police said.
Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent David Adams released a statement Wednesday concerning Appleton’s arrest.
Shelbyville Central Schools has been informed of an ongoing investigation by the Shelbyville Police Department concerning the conduct of one of our teachers. SCS is cooperating fully with the police in the investigation,” Adams said. “SCS holds its teachers to a high standard of conduct and takes these allegations very seriously.
Adams said Appleton is no longer employed by the district. Court documents stated that she was “having high school aged boys go over to her house for pizza and sex”.
Appleton pleaded not guilty to the felony charges and was released from the Shelby County Jail after she posted a $2,005 cash bond
According to Appleton’s biography posted online, she began working with Shelbyville Middle School in the Fall of 2008. She said she was hired as a Mild Disabilities teacher.

Rankin Soccer Coach Busted For Sex With Student‎

Stacy Walker, 34-year-old soccer coach and math teacher at Richland High School, Rankin, Mississippi, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 16-year-old male student. She was was arrested in the beginning of August 2012 and charged with sexual battery under the position of trust statute.
Police say the male student was 16 years old when the relationship started, and Walker has admitted to the accusations. Authorities are currently investigating whether the female teacher was sexually involved with other boys during her time she was working as a teacher teacher before she sacked after accusations. Walker posted $25,000 bail, but her case will now go to the Rankin County grand jury and if she is found guilty she could face up to 30 years in prison as well as losing her teaching licence.
The school district issued a formal statement :
The safety of our students is the first priority of the Rankin County School District. Yesterday, RCSD terminated an employee as the result of an investigation by RCSD and the Richland Police Department,’ the statement said.
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