Jennifer Tarkenton

Jennifer Tarkenton, 34: Teacher at Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary, Fla., was arrested on Nov. 30, 2007, on three counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a child after police found her and a 14-year-old male student in her car. The boy told deputies that he and Tarkenton had sex inside the vehicle after she picked him up at his house, drove to a nearby pharmacy and purchased condoms.

Jennifer Whiting

Jennifer Whiting, 32: English teacher at the Tucson Rincon High School sent inappropriate photos to a male student, 16, according to police, and was actually in the process of going to meet him when she was arrested June 25, 2010. In order to go meet him, Whiting left her two minor children sitting at home, police say. Police were alerted to the relationship by the boy’s father.

Jessica Bailey Wishnask

Jessica Bailey Wishnask, 27: The former language arts teacher at Williston Middle School in Wilmington N.C., was arrested on May 23, 2009, when a police officer noticed a car with its brake lights on and the seats down. Wishnask, who lists herself as married and a “proud parent” on her MySpace page, was found “in intimate contact” with a 15-year-old-boy. “It doesn’t matter if he wanted the activity,” David said. “If he is under the age of 16 and any sexual activity occurred between her and him, it’s a felony,” said New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David.

Joan Marie Sladky, 28: Redwood City, Calif., woman sentenced to six months in county jail for having sex with a 16-year-old student after pleading no contest to four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation and penetration with a foreign object. The Spanish teacher’s relationship with the boy spanned six months, as she reportedly had sex with him once at his home and three times at her residence, which was on the property of the private Baptist church and school where she taught.

Jodi Church

Jodi Church, 26: Teacher at Manual High School in Peoria, Ill., arrested March 2, 2007, for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student. Church faced one count of criminal sexual assault, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. She also faced federal charges of enticement for allegedly using to try to persuade a different 16-year-old male student to have sex with her.

Julia Lund

Julia Lund, 28: Language teacher at Chaska High School in Minnesota, arrested in December 2006, charged with third-degree sexual assault for allegedly performing oral sex on a 17-year-old male student. The victim told police he first noticed Lund staring at him in the school hallway, before she asked him to contact her. Lund allegedly told the boy her husband was away and she was lonely. During her trial, Lund’s defense argued not all wrongdoing was criminal. The jury agreed, and acquitted her on July 16, 2007.

Julie A. Denno
Julie A. Denno

Julie A. Denno, 27: The former teacher at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Conn., was charged Sept. 26, 2008, for second-degree sexual assault and impairing the morals of a minor, for sexual assaults that occurred during a two-month period in her home. Police wouldn’t say the age of the student – a boy – to protect his identity.

Julie Pritchett, 34: Female special education teacher and sponsor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club at Clay-Chalkville Middle School in Jefferson County, Ala., was charged in June 2008 with having sex with at least eight high school students between the ages of 15 and 19. When Pritchett discovered she was being investigated, she reportedly changed her phone number, shut down her MySpace account and resigned from her teaching position where she was a tenured teacher.


Kalyn Thompson

Kalyn Darby Thompson, 25: English teacher at Kellyville High School in Kellyville, Okla., got in hot water in the spring of 2014 for giving a failing student an A+ after allegedly having sex with the teenager multiple times. According to the arrest report, the teen had been failing English in the previous semester, but his grade-point-average jumped to 98 percent after having sex for months with his teacher. The student’s mother reportedly told police the teen admitted to having sex with the woman at Heyburn Lake in Creek County and again at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa. Thompson turned herself in to authorities in April, and faced a charge of second-degree rape. “This will follow her for the rest of her career,” Creek County Detective Chrissie Underwood told KOTV. “She probably will not have a career in teaching after this.”


Kandace Christopher

Kandace Christopher

Kandace Christopher, 26: World-history teacher as well as softball and basketball coach at Scottsboro High School in Scottsboro, Ala., was arrested Jan. 26, 2015, accused of sexual misconduct with a female teenage student at the school. Christopher immediately resigned from the school system. Police say the teacher was booked on two charges: one felony count of a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19 and one misdemeanor count of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under 19.  Christopher’s bond was set at $16,000 and she was transferred to the Jackson County Jail. Police say they received a call Jan. 25 about a missing juvenile.  Police learned the teen ran away after being confronted by her parents about a relationship between her and a teacher/coach from school.  The student was found several hours later and returned home. Authorities followed up with a criminal investigation, and determined a relationship took place between the student and Christopher for the past three months.

Kanesa Hopkins

Kanesa Hopkins, 31: “Teacher of the Year” at Westview Middle School in Goose Creek, S.C., was fired in May 2007 in the wake of allegations she had sex with a 14-year-old female student four years earlier. Court documents indicate Hopkins was also the girl’s Sunday School teacher and police said church officials questioned the amount of time the two spent together in December 2002. The relationship allegedly became sexual in January 2003.

Karen Patton

Karen Patton, 41: English teacher and cheerleading coach at Scott Memorial Middle School in Wytheville, Va., resigned in January 2006 after she was charged with having oral sex with a 13-year-old student. Patton was arrested after the boy’s mother went to police with instant messages between the boy and Patton, and what appeared to be a handwritten letter from Patton that referenced a sexual relationship. On March 12, 2007, she pleaded no contest to two counts of carnal knowledge and one count of non-forcible sodomy.

Karen Robbins

Karen Robbins: Laurens County, S.C., woman was charged on Sept. 23, 2007, with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and committing a lewd act upon a child. Police say the incidents took place in her car and in her home. The alleged crimes occured when the former teacher was working at Bell Street Middle School in Clinton. This is the same school where teacher Allenna Ward, also on this list, had sex with five boys.

Elizabeth Livesay
Kasey Johnes

Kasey Johnes, 37: Health teacher at Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Ill., was arrested April 17, 2009, after local police were alerted by a school administrator of possible illegal conduct by a teacher involving a male student, 17. An investigation revealed that Johnes had a sexual relationship with the student who is now 18 years old. According to police, Johnes confessed to the allegations as did the student. The alleged sex took place at Johnes’ Glen Carbon, Ill., home over the course of about five months. She is being charged with one count of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Katherine J. Harder
Katherine J. Harder

Katherine J. Harder, 31 Language arts teacher at Manhattan High School, near Topeka, Kansas, was arrested March 26, 2008, when a deputy on patrol found the woman and a 17-year-old male student allegedly having sexual relations in a parked car near a local dam. While Kansas teens can legally consent to sex at age 16, it is a felony for teachers to have relations with any student of any age who attends the school where they work. Harder resigned her position then rescinded her decision. The school board voted to fire her on April 2, 2008.

Katherine Hicks

Katherine Hicks, 39:
Kindergarten teacher from Niangua, Mo., charged in March 2009 with having sexual contact with a high-school boy and furnishing pornography to him. Police said the investigation of Hicks started after the student’s mother complained to city police. In the probable cause affidavit, a detective said the 17-year-old student indicated he and Hicks had a personal relationship that included kissing, him touching her breast, her touching his rear, as well as an exchange of nude pictures and “dirty messages” via cellular telephones. The student was in her classroom to be a tutor for the A+ Program, which requires high school students to tutor other students as one requirement to be eligible for a community college scholarship.

Katherine Tew

Katherine Tew, 30: Married English teacher from Greenville, N.C., arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old boy. She taught at South Central High School in Winterville, N.C., and was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child, but found not guilty of the more serious sex charge. She was not given prison time, and lost her teaching license for at least two years.

Kathy White, 39: Teacher at Lumberton High School in Lumberton, Texas, charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student. The victim, Michael Ferguson, alleges: “She just started grabbing me and hormones were on and it just happened.” Ferguson provided KBTV-TV with an e-mail allegedly sent by White, in which the teacher told him, “I get these cravings for YOU and that’s not NORMAL! If I had it my way, I’d do you once a week just because it’s good.”


Katie Cross

Katie Cross

Katie Cross, 31: High-school English teacher from Phonenixville, Pa., who taught at Collegium Charter School in Exton, Pa., was arrested in July 2015 and charged with having a physical relationship with one of the school’s male students. Cross was charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children. She was arrested and released on $150,000 unsecured bail. According to the criminal complaint, on July 1 around 8 p.m. a resident in the 1400 block of Scenic Drive in East Bradford called police and reported a suspicious vehicle in front of their house. The caller said it appeared that there was a male and female inside the vehicle and that they were having “an intimate encounter.” The alleged victim told investigators Cross was his English teacher this year and that the two have had a physical relationship since February 2015. He said there were two occasions when Cross reportedly picked him up and drove them to a secluded area. The student said on both occasions they had physical contact with each other and that the two had “kissed passionately” in her classroom several times prior to the start of the school day.

Katryna Martin

Katryna Martin, 28: The eighth-grade science teacher at North Gulfport School in Gulfport, Miss., was arrested on Feb. 13, 2009, and charged with unlawful touching of a child for lustful purposes and sexual battery. Police said the alleged victim was one of Martin’s former students who was being tutored in her home. After making bail, Martin was placed under house arrest and fitted with an electronic GPS bracelet and ordered not to enter a “1 1/2 square mile red zone” around the girl’s residence and school. She was arrested a second time on March 4, 2009, and charged with statuatory rape for alleged sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male student at her home in July 2008.

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