Another case of a teacher-student inappropriate relationship with a a twist, throw in illegal immigration to the mix.
It started out as police hunted for a 25 year old teacher and her former student who were last seen on October 35, 2007. The parents of Fernando Rodriguez reported their son missing Saturday after he was last seen late Thursday.
Kelsey Peterson, a 25 year old sixth-grade math teacher and basketball coach at Lexington Middle School, was arrested in Mexico after fleeing with a 13 year old boy. Kelsey Peterson and the 13 year old boy are suspected of having a sexual relationship. An arrest warrant ad been issued Monday charging Peterson with kidnapping, child abuse, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Following the two being located, the 13-year-old boy, Fernando Rodriguez, was reported to be in the care of relatives in Mexico.
A female teacher was in FBI custody yesterday as federal and local prosecutors sought to determine how they would handle charges alleging that she ran away with a 13-year-old boy, taking him across the border into Mexico.
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Once again we are presented with another case of a female teacher being charged with having sex with a student. 25 year old Holly Hatcher, a history teacher, volleyball and softball coach at Gallatin High School has been charged with 6 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. Holly Hatcher has admitted to having an ongoing relationship with the student in her Nashville, TN home.
Court documents indicate that Hatcher, who lives in the Donelson area, and the teenager had sex in Gallatin and in Nashville. Police said the pair had sex on six occasions.
Police began investigating her after receiving information from Gallatin police.
On Thursday, Hatcher was released from the Sumner County Jail after posting a $15,000 bond for three counts of statutory rape. Her bond in Nashville was set at $6,000. (WTVF – News Channel 5)
Holly Hatcher Statutory Rape Case
“Parents React To Gallatin Teacher’s Arrest”
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If its a school story, it must be another teacher-student sexual exploitation case. 23 year old Allenna Williams Ward is accused of having sex with 5 boys whose ages range from 14 to 15. Ward was busted when an inappropriate note from the teach to one of the victims was found in the garbage.
CLINTON, S.C. (WLTX, AP) — Authorities say a 23-year-old female middle school teacher was arrested Wednesday, accused of having sex with five boys in locations including the school, at a motel, in a park and behind a restaurant.
Clinton Public Safety Director John Thomas says some of the 14- and 15-year-old victims were students at Bell Street Middle School in Laurens School District 56, where Allenna Williams Ward taught. Others went to a different school.
Investigators say there could be more victims.
Warrants show Ward is charged with five counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and six counts of lewd acts on a minor. The incidents occurred between November and continued up through the past few weeks.
Ward has been fired from her job and is under house arrest. I wonder if this was a male teacher whether the bale would have been so low and house arrest deemed appropriate if 5 female 14 and 15 year old girls had been molested?
School district officials say they held an emergency meeting and fired Ward from her job. Thursday morning, bond was set at $110,000: $10,000 for each of the eleven charges. Terms of her bond include no contact with the alleged victims, no cell phone use, and if she posts bond, Ward is under house arrest.
Carrie McCandless, the former social studies teacher and cheer-leading coach at Brighton Charter High School is accused of contacting her former 17 year old victim whom she had previous sexual contact with and faces possible arrest.
McCandless, 30, is charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. McCandless has been free on $20,000 bail, but an arrest warrant was issued after prosecutors on Thursday filed a motion alleging the former teacher contacted the victim two days after both attended a court hearing Jan. 22. (Fox News)
Carrie McCandless and her attorney are denying the contact charges. In one of the more bizarre scenarios of this case, Carrie McCandless is the wife of Brighton Charter High School Principal Chris McCandless. Not too embarrassing. McCandless was offered a plea deal in her sexual contact case; however, one wonders if this will change that situation.
Alleged assault victim says ex-teacher phoned
Larimer County authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for former Brighton Charter School teacher Carrie McCandless after prosecutors accused her of contacting the alleged victim in her sexual assault case.
Prosecutors asked the judge to revoke McCandless’ bond on Thursday, and an arrest warrant, with a $25,000 bond, was issued for her on Friday.
Documents detailing the latest allegations against McCandless have been sealed.
Trani said the arrest documents allege that the student received a call from a woman he believed to be McCandless. Trani said the teen told authorities the call came from a 415 area code, which is the area code for the San Francisco area.
Trani said McCandless does not have access to any phones with a 415 area code, and he said he believes the publicity surrounding the case may have led a prankster to call the teen. (Denver Post)
Former school teacher, 25 year old Janelle Marie Bird who had previously been found guilty of “two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and two lesser counts of unnatural and lascivious act” was sentenced to two years in prison. Seems like a much different sentence than also convicted teacher, Debra LaFave
Bird admitted having a relationship with a 15-year-old boy at East Hill Christian School. Both testified during the trial that they loved each other.
Defense attorney Jerry Allred had asked that Bird be placed on probation and serve no time in prison. A telephone message left at his office after business hours was not returned.
As a result of her conviction, Bird must register as a sex offender with local authorities wherever she lives for the rest of her life. (AP)
Ashley Reeves, 17, is being treated at a St. Louis hospital after being found with a broken neck and other injuries. It is believed she sustained these injuries from a teacher from another district. High School teacher Samson Shelton of Smithton was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count. Ashley Reeves was found at 2 a.m. Saturday critically injured after lying 30 hours in dense woods in Citizens Park in Belleville.
Freeburg High School teacher Samson Shelton of Smithton is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping. He’s jailed in Belleville on $1 million bond.
Authorities found Reeves early Saturday in a heavily wooded area at a Belleville park, where she apparently had been lying for about 30 hours.
Investigators say Shelton had an undisclosed relationship with Reeves.
What a shock, he had a MySpace account.
Day after girl was attacked, suspect gave no hint of stress
Just hours after prosecutors say Samson R. “Sam” Shelton tried to murder Ashley Reeves, 17, he appeared “completely normal” as he taught drivers education
Friday morning at Freeburg High School, one of his students said Sunday.
“He was normal, joking around as usual,” said Scott Brethauer, a freshman at
the high school. Brethauer said he saw nothing to indicate anything out of the ordinary in Shelton’s behavior.
For those who thought that it was the All American family with Samson Shelton living the normal life-style, take a look at this.
Shelton’s arrest has stunned students at the school and neighbors in the upscale Wildwood Lake Estates neighborhood in Smithton where Shelton has been living with his mother and grandmother. (a little red flag) The two-story brick home with a three-car garage sits in a country club setting in the 5400 block of Live Oak Drive, with a well-manicured lawn and neatly trimmed bushes.
Shelton, 26, who wrestled locally under the nickname “The Teacher,” was active in a variety of sports. He took part in a fast-pitch softball league, and a recent profile on the team’s Web site said his hobbies included “touching hookers” and pornography. (a larger red flag)
Some who knew Shelton painted a different picture of him Sunday. One neighbor, Craig Schwartz, said of Shelton and his family, “If you’ve ever heard of the all-American family, that’s who they were.”
Check out Steve Huff’s posting, Samson’s Fall, on this bizarre situation between yet another student and teacher.
Looking through Coach Shelton’s 70 friends on MySpace revealed plenty of men his age as friends, but no shortage of scantily-clad or alluring young women, either. There was Peyton, who listed her age as 17. There was also Jamie, still in high school (neither she nor Peyton listed themselves as attending Freeburg High), but 18. She left the following comment for Sam Shelton on April 25th, 2006, around 9 at night:
“i get to see u 2morrow right?”
The on going carousel of female student having sex with their underage students continues. This time it stops on Adrienne Raymond, a Sheridan High School teacher accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old male student last summer. We can now say ex-Sheriden HS teacher as she was fired yesterday for her actions.
We take no joy in this,” Williams said. “We wanted to be fair. Now it’s time to be fair to the district and the taxpayers.”
Raymond is facing eight counts of third-degree sex abuse and six counts of third-degree sodomy. She has a pretrial conference scheduled for Monday, March 6.
The abuse allegedly took place between June and October.
“Given the reality that she is unable to perform her duties, due to the pending charges, the board can discharge her with sufficient reason,” Williams said.
Take a look at what her favorite memory is from Sheriden High School from the school’s web page … when the students “get it” and think what “is it” is cool.
She was arrested in early October after a third-party reported the allegations. She was accused of having sexual contact with the 15 year old student.
Sheridan teacher charged with sexual assault
“We believe Raymond began having sexual contact with this youth over the summer, and it continued into the school year” Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree said in a statement.
Detectives think the two had sex at her McMinnville home and another home in Amity.
(FOX 12 Oregon)
Tompkinsville, KY police are looking for 14-year-old Justin Dale Carter and his former teacher, Angela Comer. Justin Dale Carter was last seen on Friday night at 10:30pm by his grandmother.
York says: “We went to bed around 10:30 Friday night. And I let him sleep in on Saturdays. And I couldn’t find my purse when I got up, so I went to ask him if he had seen it and that’s when I discovered he had stuffed the bed with pillows.”
Police say Carter and Comer took around seven hundred dollars and credit cards from York’s purse, and they say he was not forced to go with her.
Chief Ford says: “He went willingly. We have seized the computer there was some chat. There was evidence there was a relationship between the two of them.”
Kentucky State Police say Carter’s willingness to go with Comer one reason an Amber Alert was not filed. Tompkinsville Police say Comer purchased a gun in December and York thinks her grandson may have been taken against his will.
It amazes me as to the rules and regulations and comments that come from police when dealing with these types of cases. Amber Alerts not issued because the 14 year old was not taken against his will. Yet he is a minor. How would this be treated if we were dealing with a 14 year old girl? Then the police make the following comment and the subsequent response by Justin’s grandmother.
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It’s about time a judge stood up for the rule of law and treated the Lafave case for what it was. As soon as the original plea deal was announced most everyone shook their head and said the sentence was too light. It immediately set off a firestorm and criticism of a double standard that “kept the attractive, young media darling out of prison”.A Marion County Judge rejected the plea deal. Debra Lafave faces similar charges in Marion County as she did in Hillsborough County because one of the alleged sexual incidents took place there.
A judge in Marion County, Florida, on Thursday rejected a proposed plea deal for Debra Lafave, who pleaded guilty in another county to having sex with a 14-year-old student while she was a teacher.
“The agreement went below the guidelines, and I’m not willing to go below the guidelines,” Judge Hale Stancil told CNN, without elaborating.
The trial in Marion County for the 25-year-old former reading teacher is set for April 10.
Defense attorneys had sought to spare their client a prison sentence, which they were able to do with the plea agreement in Hillsborough County. Lafave pleaded guilty there on November 22 to two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior.
ABC Action News: In surprise move, Marion County judge rejects Lafave plea deal
It looks like the plea deal that kept Debra Lafave out of prison was too good to be true after all.
Thursday afternoon, a judge in Marion County rejected the plea arrangement that had previously looked like a done deal in Hillsborough County, meaning the former teacher will be going to trial next spring on charges of sexual battery.
“The court is not going to, at this time, accept the plea that has been presented,” Judge Hale Stancel stated.
With what was expected to be a stamp of approval from the Marion County Judge turned out to be far from it today in court.
Based on that last allegation, Lafave faced charges in both Hillsborough and Marion counties. Her November plea deal with prosecutors in Hillsborough — which left her with three years of house arrest, seven years of probation, and status as a sex offender — was said to include the Marion County charges. The judge’s stamp of approval was expected to be a formality today, but he rejected the deal and set an April trial date.
“There were some unexpected developments today in court. I really don’t want to comment on those developments. I anticipate that we will be here in the next couple of weeks,” John Fitzgibbons said. Prosecutors even seemed surprised by the turn of events.
Judging from the glare on Debra Lafave’s mothers face and attorney’s reaction, someone has some explaining to do. A defendant agreeing to a plea deal that is supposed to encompass both county’s charges, only to have it fall through. Someone did not dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Ouch. The trial is expected to go forward in Marion, despite the wishes of the victim’s family.
Tampa Bay News 10: LaFave’s attorney reacts to plea rejection
Attorney John Fitzgibbons says Debra Lafave was obviously upset by the events in court on Thursday. Fitzgibbons says that was clear from the tears in her eyes. LaFave’s mother also appeared to be moved to tears because of the judge’s decision.
Fitzgibbons told me the events were “not a total surprise.” Fitzgibbons says after practicing law for several years, he never counts on a judge going along with a plea agreement until it is signed, sealed and delivered. Now Debra Lafave finds herself between the proverbial rock.
“If it goes to trial, Debbie can withdraw her plea in Hillsborough”
However that is not likely to happen, because it would be a huge gamble that the insanity plea would work. LaFave also isn’t facing any jail time in Hillsborough. Meantime while the judge has jurisdiction over the case, “the Marion state attorney could end the case by dropping all the charges”
That too isn’t likely, because the state attorney has to stand for re-election. That could be political suicide if the charges are dropped, even though the state attorney was not pleased with the judge’s decision.