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Pamela Smart

Pamela Smart, 22: Media-services director at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., had convinced her 15-year-old lover to murder her husband. She was arrested in 1993 and is now serving a life sentence. The Nicole Kidman film “To Die For” is based on her story.


Pamela Rogers Turner

Pamela Rogers Turner, 27: Former model and beauty-pageant contestant also taught at Centertown Elementary School in McMinnville, Tenn. She was arrested in February 2005 for allegedly having a three-month sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. She resigned her teaching position and was charged with 15 counts of sexual battery and 13 counts of statutory rape. Originally sentenced to 270 days in August 2005, she got in additional trouble in April 2006 for sending text messages, nude photos, and sex videos of herself to the same boy while using her father’s cellphone. In July 2006, she was sentenced to serve eight years for violating her probation, and in January 2007, was given an additional two years for sending the photos.


Rachel Burkhart

Rachel Burkhart, 25: Teacher at Lenoir City High School in Tennesee resigned in May 2008 amid allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old male student. Burkhart stepped down after Lenoir City School Superintendent Wayne Miller confronted her. Miller said in a statement, “When an incident such as this happens, it undermines the foundation of what every teacher should stand for. It breaches the trust that teachers spend their entire career nurturing and offends everyone associated with education. It saddens me when one teacher has the ability to so negatively impact our community.”


Rachel Holt

Rachel Holt, 34: Sixth-grade science teacher at Claymont Elementary School in Delaware reportedly acknowledged that in the last week of March 2006, she had sexual intercourse with her male student 27 times, and that she once performed oral sex on him. All of the sexual encounters allegedly occurred at the teacher’s apartment. Though originally indicted on 28 counts of first-degree rape, Holt pleaded guilty Jan. 22, 2007, to a single count of second-degree rape, and was ordered to prison to await sentencing. On March 16, 2007, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

Rachelle Heenan

Rachelle Heenan, 34: They had sex during school events, in assorted hotels and even in the woman’s car. Now, the male student is suing his former teacher and the Texas school district for alleged emotional and physical damage. The student, using the pseudonym Mark Smith to protect his identity, is accusing Rachelle Heenan of taking advantage of his immature and underdeveloped mental state of mind when she repeatedly engaged the boy in sexual encounters. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Heenan was formerly a forensic science teacher at the Hollenstein Career and Technology Center, part of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district. She was put on administrative leave in May 2012 and indicted in February 2013 on a charge of an improper relationship between an educator and student. The Tarrant County district attorney’s office says Heenan received five years of deferred adjudicated probation in a plea bargain, and she also voluntarily gave up her teaching certificate. Heenan was 34 at the time of the sex, and Smith was a minor at age 17.

Rachelle Vantucci, 32: Ex-substitute teacher from Geneseo, N.Y., admitted having sex with a 16-year-old boy she met at a local riding stable. After pleading guilty, Vantucci agreed to surrender her teaching license and register as a sex offender.


Rebecca Boicelli

Rebecca Boicelli, 33: Redwood City, Calif., woman gave birth to a baby and DNA test results gave prosecutors enough evidence to prove the father is Boicelli’s former student, who was 16 at the time of conception. She was sentenced to two years in prison.


Rebecca Becker and Maria Zurita

Rebecca Becker, 28, and Maria Zurita, 28: This teacher and teacher aide were arrested in May 2007 and charged with statuatory rape after the pair took two 16-year-old male students from the youth home where they worked to one of their houses for a Memorial Day weekend of sex. The school’s search for the missing boys turned up letters written by one of the teachers that were sexually explicit and inappropriate, authorities said.


Rebecca Bogard

Rebecca Bogard, 27: Teacher at the alternative school in Biloxi, Miss., was arrested Jan. 18, 2008, charged with sexual battery of a teenage male student at the school. The complaint was filed by the parent of the boy, who was under the age of 16. A judge set her bail at $50,000, and she was released.


Rebecca Ann Bramlett

Rebecca Ann Bramlett, 33: Teacher at Baines Middle School in the Fort Bend Independent School District of Texas was arrested May 2, 2008, and charged with sexual assault of a child for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy. The investigation began when Bramlett was pulled over on a minor traffic stop with the student in her car. When a sheriff’s deputy began talking to Bramlett, she reportedly said, “We are having an affair and I am taking him home.”

Rebecca Lee Kelley, 24: Tucson, Ariz., teacher at Salpointe Catholic School was indicted in April 2007, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy. Kelley was originally was indicted on four counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 18, but on Oct. 15, 2007, she pleaded guilty to one count of failure to report a reportable offense and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and was expected to avoid any mandatory prison time and having to register as a sex offender.


Rebekah Todd

Rebekah Todd, 25: Health and physical education teacher at White River High School in Buckley, Wash., resigned after she was accused of performing oral sex on a 17-year-old boy. She had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault and was expecting a sentence of 30 days in home detention. On March 14, 2007, the judge sentenced Todd to six months in jail.

Rebecca Robertson-Shaffer, 25: Spanish teacher at Hilton Head Island High School, South Carolina, pleaded guilty in 2004 to committing a lewd act on a 15-year-old male student the previous year and received an 8-year suspended sentence and three years of probation. Three years later, on Dec. 2, 2007, the male victim filed a civil suit, charging the Beaufort County School District and the school board with neglegence because they did nothing to prevent the abuse from occurring and under-reacted afterward. The suit recounts incidents where the teacher allegedly was “grooming” the boy “in plain view” of school administrators and would “inappropriately touch, rub against and/or hug the then-minor plaintiff.”

Regina McKay, 33: Computer teacher at Geronimo High School in Cotton County, Okla., pleaded no contest on April 7, 2008, to the second-degree rape of her 17-year-old male student in 2006. The boy told police McKay offered to buy him cigarettes and alcohol if he would come to her home and have sex with her. In school, the victim said McKay would make him sit beside her at a table and she would rub her foot up and down his legs. If he tried to move, he said she’d get angry. McKay received a sentence of five years, but would need to serve just 30 days behind bars, and only on weekends.


Rhianna Ellis

Rhianna Ellis, 24: Social-studies teacher at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services in Manhattan, N.Y., allegedly began a 10-month sexual relationship with an 17-year-old player on the school’s basketball team, and reportedly gave birth to his baby. The teen boy even introduced Ellis to his parents, never indicating she was his teacher.

Rita Brum
Rita Brum

Rita Brum, 24: The teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in East San Jose, Calif., was arraigned March 12, 2009, on charges of having sexual relations with a minor – a 17-year-old female student. The girl’s mother discovered a love letter written to her daughter by the first-year teacher and assistant soccer coach and confronted the woman and pulled her hair. “Rita is a very good person who made a mistake,” Brum’s attorney said. “She had some issues in her past that may have led her to make this choice. We’re only hoping that we can avoid significant jail time. She’s taken responsibility and she is trying to improve herself and get clarity so this won’t happen again.”

Robin Gialanella, 26: Teacher at Silver Bay Elementary School in Toms River, N.J., engaged in kissing, and inappropriate conduct and conversations with two sixth-grade boys, ages 11 and 12, in 2003 and 2004. She was sentenced to 364 days in jail with psychotherapy, must register as a sex offender, will be under lifetime supervision and must surrender her New Jersey teaching certificate.

Robin Winkis, 29: English teacher at Central York High School in York, Pa., allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old boy after giving him alcohol. Authorties accused her of five alleged sex acts during October and November 2005. She pleaded guilty as part of a deal, and was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail.

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