Female Teachers Arrested for Having Sex With Students

Female Teachers Arrested for Having Sex With Students

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Every school year, there is a new ongoing list of teachers who have been accused of having sexual contact with their students, such as Debra Lafave from Tampa, Florida. Here are some infamous cases of female teachers having inappropriate relations with minors.

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Ashley Elizabeth Zehnder

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A former teacher at a Pasadena, Texas high school confessed to having sex with a 17-year-old student.

According to Harris County prosecutors, Ashley Elizabeth Zehnder, 24, was a biology teacher and assistant cheer coach at Pasadena High School in Texas, when she began a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

On October 1, 2014, Zehnder went to the assistant principal to voice her concerns about students possibly circulating a nude picture of her that was on an old cell phone.

When the assistant principal questioned the students, a 17-year-old boy admitted to having a nude picture of Zehnder that she texted to him and that the two had been having sex since May at her apartment in Houston.

According to prosecutors, the student was able to describe Zehnder's furniture and the layout of her apartment.

Zehnder admitted to having sex with the student after she was shown sexually explicit text messages that she sent to the boy. She also resigned from her position.

She was charged with having an improper relationship with a child, a second-degree felony.

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Megan Mahoney


Megan Mahoney, 24, was working as a physical education teacher and assistant athletic director at the prestigious Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island, New York before she resigned in January due to pressure surrounding an alleged sexual relationship she was having with a 16-year-old student.

According to the New York Post, court documents state that Mahoney had sex with the student, including on school grounds, numerous times between October 31, 2013, and January 9, 2014. The sexual contact allegedly began after Mahoney approached the student and offered to coach him in basketball.

In October, Mahoney was charged with 30 counts of statutory rape and four counts of criminal sexual acts due to the alleged oral sex that she and the student engaged in, “at least two times per month during said period.”

Each charge is a felony and carries a maximum four-year sentence.

Mahoney, a former basketball star from Wagner College, was released without bail and she and her lawyer refused to comment on the charges.

More Fall Out

Richard Postiglione was the athletic director and a top administrator at Moore Catholic High School until October when school officials removed him from all of the school's sports programs because he allegedly knew about Mahoney and another female coach's sexual contact with students, but failed to contact the police or child-protection services.

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Michelle Strickland

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Michelle Strickland, 23, was fired from her position as the assistant band director at Stratford High School in Houston, after being accused of having sex with an 18-year-old band student.

According to court documents, the student alleges that he and Strickland had sex in a storage room at the Stratford band hall and again at his home during spring break in May 2014.

The school principal reviewed text messages between Strickland and the student that police say suggested that sexual contact between the two was ongoing.

Strickland was placed under arrest and charged with improper relationship with a student.

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Rebecca Diebolt

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Placentia high school teacher Rebecca Eileen Diebolt, 35, was arrested after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student who was 15 years old.

According to police, a woman contacted authorities and reported the sexual relationship with Diebolt that went on for four years, from 2004-2008. The sexual contact allegedly started when Diebolt was the woman's language arts teacher and swim coach.

The woman told authorities that they had sex in Diebolt's classroom as well as her home and that it took place after school hours and during the weekends.

Investigators said that the relationship continued after the woman graduated and was attending college.

Diebolt was arrested on June 11, 2014, on suspicion of sexual contact with a person under 18 years old and for sexual penetration with a person under the age of 18.

A $100,000 bond was set.

Diebolt has been teaching at Valencia High School in Placentia, California since 2003.

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Joy Morsi


Joy Morsi, 39, was a high school gym teacher at Grover Cleveland High School in Queens, New York, until June 3, 2014, when she was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student.

According to the criminal complaint, the sexual relationship began in June 2013, when she exposed herself to the student in a closet. It goes on to state that Morsi had sexual contact with the student at least 30 times in June and July, both in the school and off campus.

She is also accused of sending sexually explicit texts to the teen. The victim is also said to have a sexually explicit video that is being investigated by authorities.

School officials were alerted to the sexual contact from a parent of a friend of the victim. Once the allegations were made, school officials removed Morsi from her position and contacted the authorities.

Morsi is married and her husband works as ​a science teacher at the school. She had been a gym teacher at Grover Cleveland High School since 1999.

Police say that Morsi has been charged with third-degree rape and a third-degree criminal sexual act.

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Pamela Leone Jones

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Pamela Leone Jones, 35, resigned from her teaching position as an English teacher from the Athletes for Change facility in DeSoto, Texas, allegedly just before her husband revealed that she was having sex with her students.

U.S. Marshals arrested Jones on June 4, 2014, after being accused of having sex with three 16-year-old male students. According to police reports, the incidents took place in May and April 2014.

In the released statements given to police, one student said that he and Jones had sex in her car after she picked him up at his aunt's apartment.

A second student said that he and Jones had sex on May 31, at her home. He said that he and a 19-year-old friend were invited to Jones' house and that the friend watched Jones' children while the two had sex.

The third student said that he and Jones went to a hotel room after meeting at a restaurant.

Athletes for Change

The Athletes for Change facility houses 14 boys between the ages of 13-17, and who have been court ordered there because of emotional, behavioral or other problems.

According to the school's founder and president, Dennis DeVaughn, some of the students were victimized before being sent to the school.

DeVaughn also said that it was Jones' husband who told him about the alleged sexual activity after his children told him that students had been in the bedroom of their home.

Jones has been charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child. She is currently out on bond.

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Jennifer Fichter

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She groomed them. And they are a victim. They are a victim of her stalking them and getting what she wants," - Sgt. Gary Gross

Jennifer Fichter, 29, was an English teacher at Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, Florida, when she was arrested on April 14, 2014, and charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student.

According to the police report, the mother of the victim began monitoring her son's text messages after waking up and discovering that he was not at home. That is when she saw the messaging between her son and his teacher, Jennifer Fichter.

The mother then met with Fichter who told her that she was in love with her son and that she did not have any regrets. The mother then contacted the authorities.

Pretended to Be a Fellow Student

Starting in November 2013, detectives say Fichter and the student allegedly had sex 20 to 30 times in different places in the backseat of her car, including in a parking lot at an apartment complex. When the student's mother called looking for him, Fichter would allegedly pretend to be a student and friend of the teen.

Fichter also became pregnant by the teen and opted to have an abortion.

Jennifer Fichter was being held in jail on $70,000 bond following her arrest.

Update April 25, 2014

There were 20 new counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor brought against Jennifer Fichter after another student told police of his alleged relationship with the 29-year-old English teacher.

The second student told Polk Sheriff's detectives that he was 17 years old and a junior at Aerospace Academy in 2011 when Fichter was his English teacher.

Detectives say the relationship with Fichter and the then-teen started when the two of them spent time together outside of the classroom in May 2011. They then began texting and by October 2011 it progressed into a sexual relationship.

They would meet at her apartment and at his home when his mother was not there. The relationship ended in May 2012.

Jennifer Fichter was being held in jail on $70,000 bond following her arrest on April 14 for similar charges. Based on the new charges, a Polk County judge set a new bond of $300,000.

Update June 5, 2014

A third student who had Jennifer Fitter as his English teacher in 2012 has admitted to investigators that the two of them had been involved in a sexual relationship at that time.

Police say that in August 2012, the young man, who was 17 years old at the time, invited Fichter to a bonfire at an airport near the school. At some point, Fichter and the teen went to the roof of the FAA building at the airport and had sex. The sexual relationship continued for four months.

Fichter received 10 additional charges for allegedly having sex with a minor. Her bond increased by another $150,000, bringing it to $520,000.

Update June 17, 2014

Jennifer Fichter was officially charged with 37 counts of sex with a child while she was teaching at Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, Florida.

According to a report released by the State Attorney's Office, one of Fichter's victims moved in with her when he turned 18 ​and accompanied her when she went for an abortion after becoming pregnant from another victim.

According to her attorney, she has waived her right to a speedy trial.

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Ashley Casiday

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Former eighth-grade English teacher Ashley Casiday, 31, has been charged with one count of transmitting obscene material to a child.

According to St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor, Ashley Casiday was teaching at Leeds Middle School in Leeds, Alabama when she began texting sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old male student.

An investigation into the alleged sexting began in February and Casiday resigned from her teaching position.

Casiday was arrested and charged with the one count of transmitting obscene material to a minor after she turned herself in to authorities on March 12, 2014. She was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

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Sarah Raymo

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Sarah M. Raymo, 31, was working as an 8th-grade teacher at T.L. Handy Middle School in Bay City, Michigan when she was arrested on January 14, 2014, and charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Raymo is being accused of having sex with a student throughout 2012 and 2013 when he was between the ages of 13 to 15.

She is currently free after posting a $250,000 bond.

Preliminary Hearing

During a preliminary hearing that began on January 29, the victim, age 15, testified that he first engaged in sex with Raymo inside her classroom during the winter of 2012. He was 14 years old at the time.

The victim also alleged that prior to having sex Raymo supplied him with alcohol, cigarettes, and food and that she texted him nude pictures of herself.

According to the victim, he and Raymo had sex six to eight times, either at the school or at Raymo's home in Essexville.

The alleged relationship was brought to the attention of authorities when rumors began circulating at the school after the victim told friends about Raymo.

School officials immediately contacted the police and the victim was interviewed at a children's advocacy center and subsequently, Raymo was arrested.

Possible Life Sentence

Two more charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct have been added to the charges brought against Raymo, bringing it a total of four. A trial date of April 29, 2014, was scheduled.

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Shannon Rae Spradlin

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Shannon Rae Spradlin, 31, from New Braunfels, Texas turned herself in to authorities after a warrant was issued for her arrest for allegedly having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student.

On March 11, 2014, the Sequin High School teacher was arrested on a second-degree felony charge with improper relationship between an educator and student. If found guilty she is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Spradlin was released after posting a $50,000 bond.

She resigned from her teaching position after her arrest.

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Erica Ginnetti

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A Pennsylvania math teacher has been accused of having sex with a student.

On January 15, 2014, Lower Moreland Township Police received a tip that a teacher at Lower Moreland High School was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student at the school.

According to the Montgomery County district attorney's office, Erica Ann Ginnetti, age 33, was a math teacher at the school when she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. This included her sending the student photographs and videos of herself that were sexual in nature and having sexual intercourse with him on one occasion.

The report also revealed that investigators believe that the relationship between Ginnetti and the male student began in May of 2013 when Ginnetti approached him at the school's senior prom and asked him if he would come to work out at her gym.

A few days later, Ginnetti gave the student her cell phone number and they began to communicate on a daily basis.

Over the next several months, Ginnetti allegedly sent the student a series of text messages that were sexual in nature. The texts included videos of Ginnetti undressing and performing sexual acts on herself and several sexually suggestive photographs of her in her underwear and a bikini.

Investigators also said that the two met at a coffee shop in Northeast Philadelphia and then drove to a nearby industrial park where they had sexual intercourse in her car. She then dropped him back at the coffee shop and asked him not to tell anyone.

Ginnetti, who is married and the mother three children, ages 8, 11, and 14, was arraigned on 13 counts, including sexual assault of a student, disseminating obscene materials to a minor, and corruption of minors.

Her bail was $50,000, which she posted prior to her release. Additional conditions of her bail include her wearing a GPS monitoring device, relinquishing her passport and she is to have no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with minors, except for her children.

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Rachel Santora

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A former teacher from Briton, New York is accused of engaging in a felony (2nd-degree criminal sex act) and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to investigators, Rachel Santora, 31, was arrested on January 6, 2014, for having sex with a 15-year-old student over the summer of 2013. The incidents allegedly occurred while Santora was employed as a teacher in the Rush-Henrietta School District. She was employed by Monroe #1 BOCES in Fairport, New York, at the time of her arrest.

Investigators said that during the summer the victim was going to Santora's home for tutoring, which is where they believe the two engaged in sex.

Santora pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge issued an order of protection for the victim and set bail at $20,000.

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Kimberly Brody

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​A Clay County, Florida elementary teacher was charged with having sex with a teenage boy.

Second-grade teacher Kimberly Brody, 40, is currently on paid administrative leave from W.E. Cherry Elementary School in Orange Park after police found a teen boy naked by a car and Brody half-naked inside the car, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The police report states that on January 6, 2014, Brody was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a suspect 24 or older and a victim of 16- or 17-years-old.

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Jennifer Merklinger

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A Hamburg, Pennsylvania high school teacher turned herself in to police after being investigated for her alleged sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.

According to police, Jennifer Merklinger, 40, was accused of having sex with the student, away from school grounds, since December 2013.

The police began their investigation into Merklinger after school officials turned over information that they had received regarding her illegal behavior.

On January 10, 2014, Merklinger was charged with three felonies of institutional sexual assault. Her bail was set at $25,000.

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Janelle Foley


A mother of four employed as a lunch lady at a Massachusetts middle school was arrested and charged four counts of statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy.

On January 8, 2014, Janelle Foley, 36, from Weymouth, Florida, pleaded not guilty to raping a friend's son at his home on November 24, 2013, and New Year's Day.

According to prosecutor Danielle Piccarni, Foley and the victim's mother knew each other since high school and their children grew up together. Piccarni also said that Foley initiated the sex with the boy on both occasions. Evidence in the case includes lewd pictures found on the victim's cellphone and a condom. Investigators are also trying to determine if Foley had sex with another minor.

Released With Conditions

Under the conditions of her release, Foley will be required to be tested for drug and alcohol, wear a GPS tracking device, have a mental evaluation and not have any contact with the victim or his parents or any child under the age of 18, not including her own children.

She has been placed on paid administrative leave from her job pending the outcome of the case.


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