As school districts become ever more stringent in their policies regarding child sexual abuse reporting, accusations of inappropriate behavior by faculty and staff continue to surface.
A sixth-grade public school teacher in Milwaukee has pleaded not guilty to accusations that she tried to have sex with a 14-year-old boy in the back of her car. Police said she was arrested on charges of child enticement after officers found her with the teen in the back seat of her car, both of them naked from the waist down.
The boy told police that the teacher had pursued him by sending him nude pictures and an explicit 30-second video of herself. She also sent him a text message offering to pick him up on a Saturday late last month, according to investigators. The boy apparently agreed, and the two drove in her SUV in the early-morning hours to a deserted parking lot at the Kinnickinnic Sports Center in Milwaukee.
According to a criminal complaint, the teacher asked the teen how he felt about "liking her" and asked if he wanted to join her in the back seat of the SUV. The boy said he was scared, but agreed. They were discovered when an officer on patrol spotted the lone car in the lot.
The teacher was suspended when school officials learned of the arrest, and a letter and automated phone calls were sent to parents. The teacher has been ordered to have no contact with the boy and faces another court date this month. If the teacher is found guilty of the child enticement charge, she could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Teachers and other people in positions of authority over children need to be aware that in light of child sex abuse scandals at Penn State, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other schools, there are more eyes on them than ever before. Even if you're facing sexual abuse allegations that are completely unfounded, your career and personal reputation are at stake as soon as you're accused. An attorney with focused experience in the defense of sex crimes can take action right away to defend you and help protect your rights and your reputation.
Source: Fox6Now.com, "MPS teacher pleads not guilty to child enticement charge," Katie DeLong, Feb. 8, 2012