Christel C. Gravlin

Christel C. Gravlin, 33: The Lisbon High School teacher from St. Lawrence County, N.Y., was arraigned Dec. 10, 2007, on charges of rape 3rd degree, criminal sex act 3rd degree and endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly having intercourse with a 15-year-old male student. Allegations became known after an incident at a high school basketball game on Nov. 30 when Gravlin, a married mother of two and former beauty queen, made statements about an affair to a group of students and others who were sitting near her. On March 3, 2008, she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of third-degree rape, and on May 19, 2008, she apologized to the boy as she was sentenced to four months behind bars.

Christie Elliot

Christie Elliot, 25:
English teacher and cheerleading coach at Empire High School in Vail, Ariz., turned herself in at the Tucson Police headquarters May 17, 2010, where she was charged with one count each of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual conduct with a minor. The boy’s father reportedly found inappropriate messages on his child’s cell phone, and a subsequent investigation revealed that Elliot had a physical relationship with the student.

Christina Gallagher, 26: Jersey City, N.J., woman received no jail time, but was ordered to pay more than $1,000 in fines, sentenced to a lifetime registration as a convicted sex offender and ordered to attend therapy for having sex with a 17-year-old student in late 2004. The former Rahway High School instructor was banned from teaching and seeing the student with whom she had sex.

Christina Oliver

Christina Oliver, 24: Teacher at NcNair High School in Stockton, Calif., was arrested Feb. 10, 2009, on suspicion of having sex with a male student, 16. She was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on three charges involving child molest or annoyance, lewd or lascivious behavior with a minor, and contact with a minor for the purpose of committing an offense with the minor.

Christine Duda, 39: Teacher at the Normandy Alternative School in St. Louis County, Mo., allegedly took a 16-year-old hearing-impaired male student to her home for sex in December 2005. She was charged with two counts of felony statutory rape and fired by the school district.

Christine Scarlett, 36: English teacher at Strongsville High School in Ohio began a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old captain of the football team, Steven Bradigan, in November 2002 and eventually gave birth to Bradigan’s son. Scarlett was fired from her teaching job, but insists nothing improper happened during the time she was Bradigan’s teacher. She was never charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

Christine Jouini
Christine Jouini

Christine Brown Jouini, 38: The 11th and 12th-grade teacher at Center Academy in Coral Springs, Fla., was arrested June 6, 2008, after police learned she had been involved in a sexual relationship with one of her male students for more than a year. The boy said the relationship began when he was 16 years old and that he and Jouini had “sexual contact” more than 100 times.

Christine McCallum

Christine McCallum, 29: The former fifth-grade teacher at Woodsdale Elementary School in Abington, Mass., was arrested on June 8, 2008, after the father of a 16-year-old boy went to authorities with copies of letters McCallum, married, had written to the boy. According to charges, she is accused of having consensual sex over 300 times with the teen, beginning when he was 13. McCallum was a tutor for the alleged victim’s younger brother.

Christine Spaich

Christine Spaich, 28: Teacher and volleyball coach at Silverado Middle School in Roseville, Calif., arrested April 6, 2007, for alleged unlawful intercourse with a minor and other related charges. Police say Spaich had a six-month relationship with a 16-year-old boy identified as a former student at her school. Detectives said the relationship appeared to be consensual and that the boy was not forced. Spaich entered a “no contest” plea July 3, 2007, and was sentenced to four months in jail, four years probation and 400 hours of community service. An application for alternative sentencing could let the teacher avoid jail time altogether.

Christy Anne Brown

Christy Anne Brown, 33: English teacher at Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah, was arrested July 8, 2007, for allegedly having sex with one of her students, a boy of 16. A police officer found her in a parked car along with the boy, and told authorities she had been having relations with the juvenile for three months. “The suspect admits to having sex over 40 times. She also admitted to having oral sex with the juvenile at her home and also at work,” the jail report stated.

Christy Martin

Christy Martin, 32: The “Life Choices” teacher at Azalea Middle School in St. Petersburg, Fla., was arrested March 7, 2009, for exchanging pornographic pictures of genitals with a male student, 14, by camera cell phone. Martin was subsequently evicted from her apartment by her landlord.

Claire Richards
Claire Richards

Claire Richards, 35:The math teacher at Jordan High School in Columbus, Ga., was arrested Dec. 19, 2008, following an investigation by police and Muscogee County School District officials into reports of an inappropriate relationship between her and a 16-year-old male student. The eight-year veteran of the district was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a person in custody, four counts of interference with custody and 17 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Courtney Bowles

Courtney Bowles, 31: Instructional coach at the Mountain View High School in Loveland, Colo., was arrested Jan. 22, 2011, after she and a 16-year-old boy were allegedly found naked in a parked car and admitted having sex. She is suspected of sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all felonies. On Jan. 24, 2011, Magistrate Matthew Zehe ordered Bowles to have no contact with the alleged victim, his school, his family or anyone younger than the age of 18, including her own children. “I know this will have a significant impact on Ms. Bowles’ ability to see her own children,” the judge said.

Courtney Jarrell

Courtney Jarrell, 22: Math teacher and coach of the sophomore girls’ basketball team at Riverton High School in Utah, Courtney Jarrell was arrested in April 2013 and charged with raping a 17-year-old female student. She was charged with object rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. Jarell’s attorney said she resigned in order to focus on her defense, and that she intends to enter a plea of not guilty. Between February and March of 2013, Jarrell had illegal sexual activity with a 17-year-old girl who attends the school, according to charging documents. Prosecutors say the activity happened at Jarrell’s house. “Everybody loved her,” student Kathryn Orchard told KSL-TV. “My parents were even way shocked because my parents loved her too. They thought she was a great teacher.”

Cris Morris

Cris Morris, 30: The former teacher and track coach at Hurricane High School in St. George, Utah, was sentenced on May 15, 2008, to 30 days in jail for having sex with a male student. The mother of three’s relationship with the teen began after the then-17-year-old victim “approached her with admiration” in the summer of 2007 and she began texting him.

Crissy Hisey

Crissy Hisey, 28: Sophomore English teacher at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif., arrested May 1, 2008, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl at the school. “This started out as a friendship and then developed into a sexual relationship,” one detective said, noting it had been ongoing for several months. Hisey was charged with suspicion of lewd conduct with a minor, oral copulation with a minor, child molestation and sending harmful material to a child. Police said the “harmful material” involved photos and videos allegedly found on cell phones of both the teacher and the girl. The alleged sexual contact between Hisey and the girl reportedly happened both at the woman’s home and in Hisey’s classroom after school hours.

Crystal Wells

Crystal Wells, 33: Teacher at Deming High School in northeastern Kentucky was sentenced to 5 years in prison April 14, 2008, for sex with a 15-year-old male student. She had been facing six counts of rape, but pleaded guilty to six felony charges of unlawful transaction with a minor. Family members reportedly found text messages on the boy’s phone and felt they were indicative of a sexual relationship. “I have to treat this the same as I would a male teacher and a female student,” Judge Robert McGinnis said. Wells’ attorney stated the woman’s marriage was falling apart and a divorce was pending.

Cynthia Horvath
Cynthia Horvath

Cynthia Horvath, 45: Former English teacher and cheer coach at Warner Christian Academy in South Daytona Beach, Fla. was arrested Oct. 22, 2008, on charges related to an ongoing sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student. Police reports say most of the senior class at the school knew there was something going on and it was finally students who told a staff member about the affair and the school told police. Horvath is married and has a 17-year-old son who attends Warner Christian.

Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones, 32: Sixth-grade teacher at Stambaugh Middle School in Auburndale, Fla., was arrested on June 5, 2008, on charges of having sex with four teenage boys, two of whom were her students. The woman had initiated the contact the previous summer by contacting her two previous students through their MySpace accounts, telling them she missed them and inviting them to her home.


Danielle Watkins

Danielle Watkins, 32: English teacher at Stamford High School in Connecticut until June 2014 when she was accused of having a nine-month sexual relationship with her 18-year-old male student. Police say an examination of the married woman’s phone showed more than 2,000 text messages and hundreds of calls exchanged between Watkins and the student. There was also evidence she had sent naked photographs of herself to the teen. Watkins allegedly had sex more than 20 times with the teen and threatened to fail him if he broke off their relationship. She reportedly was admitted to a locked psychiatric-care facility after turning herself in to police July 17, 2014. Authorities say Watkins also provided the victim and another 15-year-old student with marijuana so they could smoke the drug on and off school grounds.

Darcie Esson

Darcie Esson, 32: Parker, Colo., English teacher at Elizabeth High School was arrested in December 2006 for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old football player the day after her divorce was finalized. According to the arrest affidavit, Esson and the teen had sex on the floor of her hotel room while her two children, ages 4 and 8, and their 17-year-old babysitter slept on beds in the same room. Esson was charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, a Class IV felony.

Dawn Welter, 38: Sumner, Wash., teacher at Tenino High School charged April 24, 2007, with second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor for allegedly spending the night with a 16-year-old girl at a motel. Charging papers state that on Feb. 17, Welter engaged in sexual contact with the teen.

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