May 30, 2009

A Florida Epidemic: Female Teachers Sleeping with Their Students

Posted: 07:08 PM ET

By Tim Padgett / Miami

art.highschool.giIf you're the parent of a teen-aged boy in Florida, you probably muttered "not again" while reading your morning newspaper this week. There on the front page was yet another case of an adult female teacher being arrested for admitting to having had sex with an underage male student. This time the alleged perp was Maria Guzman Hernandez, a 32-year-old instructor at the private Our Lady of Charity school in Hialeah; her victim was 15. But she just as well could have been the 34-year-old Jacksonville public-school science teacher arrested last month for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old student, once in her SUV; or the 32-year-old St. Petersburg teacher collared in March for allegedly "sexting" nude pictures of herself to an 8th-grade boy; or the 45-year-old teacher at a private Christian academy in South Daytona arrested days before for allegedly having sex with a boy from her class in various Daytona Beach hotels.

Other female teachers in Florida have been booked for the same crime this year — and scores of others have also been arrested or disciplined in the past few years for sexual misconduct with students, according to a recent investigation by the Orlando Sentinel, which noted the problem is rising in the state "among female educators in particular." Florida, of course, is hardly the only state where female teachers have been nabbed for preying on boys. And nationwide, male teachers still commit far more sexual misconduct than females. A 2004 Education Department study found that about 10% of the nation's 50 million public-school students had experienced some kind of improper sexual attention from teachers and other school employees; and a 2007 Associated Press report indicated that men were involved almost 90% of the time. What's more, even in Florida those offenders are a small fraction of the state's more than 200,000 public and private school teachers. (View the Top 10 Crime Stories of 2008.)

But parents and prosecutors alike are nonetheless asking why the female version of pedagogue perversion seems more common on their peninsula compared to other places. "It certainly seems more prevalent, although we can't say for sure if it's worse than other large states," says Michael Sinacore, the Hillsborough County assistant state attorney who, in 2005, prosecuted one of Florida's most high-profile cases, that of Tampa middle-school teacher Debra Lafave, a blond siren who pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious behavior after being charged with having sex with a 14-year-old boy. (In a controversial decision, a judge did not make her serve prison time.) "None of us can really say why at this point."

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Mariana   May 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Kris was the safe "American Idol". America is not ready to see an amazing artist, man, as Adam Lambert. His voice is intoxicating and seductive. I am looking forward to hearing him on the radio and attending the American Idol concert in Arizona in July. The reason why my future husband, Troy, and I are attending, is to see and hear Adam Lambert and Allison. Love ya!

C Kelly   May 31st, 2009 2:05 am ET

This is a very strange article and the timing is impecible?
So much news in the world-why, if this is an epIdemic isn't it all over the news, here in Canada etc??

After-all we have Casey Anthony; the mom with false kidnapping report; the mom with who killed and raped a child; the mom with the eight kids getting a divorce; the octomom; the missing girl in florida stolel from her trailer-the girlfriend; the new wife and the ex-wife and child protection; the mother who killed her baby and said she was taken from a car in the parking lot; And CNN included the mom on this blog thread who abandoned her seven year old...It seems that women can't be trusted AT ALL and wow -oh my God!!!! Adam had his glory stolen by a scandal-Gotta love the media.

C Kelly   May 31st, 2009 2:11 am ET

Oh and I forgot-the role models you provided in two articles on the thread .. Stellar.

Dave of Detroit   May 31st, 2009 7:35 am ET

I repeat-The National Religion is Evolution-Natural Selection, Survival of the Fittest, adopting your lifestyle (mimicry) to changing conditions. It is interesting that Charles Darwin's father was a strict laced Christian Medical doctor that sent young Charlie to a Bible College as he was concerned about his lifestyle. Charlie was kicked out of Bible School for drinking , gambling , and womanizing. Take a look at our prestigous Prep School "Party School" Colleges-Charlie would be proud of them. We truly have evolved to his level!

Dave of Detroit   May 31st, 2009 7:47 am ET

Incidentally, President Obama has also joined in this adaptation process. Rather than dealing with the problems of large conglomerates that are in violation of any Anti-trust Act ever devised, he would rather break up the large companies that have been the mainstay of the U.S. Economy and Middle Class since the Industrial Revolution. Heard yesterday that the highest paid individual in Germany made 3.5 million dollars. Think about the CEO bonuses that have been paid out of stolen pension, savings, and 401 "K's". Little did we know that Enron was just the tip of the Iceberg. Mr. President-Break up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, AIG, and every other company that is payiong out huge political contributions to our Congress and political parties and leave the Middle Class-sorry, ex-middle class a way to make a come back. GOP, what happened to the Trust Busters that used to be a part of your political philosophy?

Mila   November 14th, 2009 2:01 am ET


Mila   November 14th, 2009 2:03 am ET

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