Laura Lynn Findlay, 30: Band teacher at Ricker Middle School in Buena Vista Township, Mich., charged with having sex with at least 5 students, one as young as 14. She was sentenced in August 2006 to at least seven and as much as 25 years in prison.

Laura Pace

Laura Pace, 38: Eustis High School teacher was arrested Oct. 17, 2008, by the Lake County, Fla., sheriff after investigators said they substantiated rumors that she had sex with two of her students. Court papers allege that Pace, who is married, had an ongoing relationship with one teen, then an encounter with the second. The papers say she sent images of her breasts and buttocks to one teen via cell phone.

Lauren Cosgrove

Lauren Cosgrove, 28: This 7th-grade teacher at Strickland Middle School in Denton, Texas, found herself in jail, charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, for allegedly having a two-day sexual relationship with a former student, 13, in July 2007. She was babysitting the boy at the time.


Lauren Harrington-Cooper

Lauren Harrington-Cooper, 31: This Pennsylvania English teacher was charged institutional sexual assault for allegedly having sex five times in a single week in December 2013 with an 18-year-old male student. Lauren Harrington-Cooper, 31, from Plymouth, Pa., is an instructor at Wyoming Valley West High School. She’s accused of performing oral sex on the senior three times and having intercourse with him twice. A probable-cause affidavit indicates the sister of the alleged victim told her brother that Harrington-Cooper said he was “hot” on Dec. 13, 2013. The sister subsequently gave him the teacher’s phone number. Harrington-Cooper and the student began texting each other later that day and agreed to “hang out.” She began to pick him up in front of his house or around the corner. The parents of the alleged victim discovered their son had a “sexually explicit conversation” with a teacher after he borrowed his mother’s laptop and used the free texting website Pinger. The affidavit also says the teacher admitted she knew the alleged victim was a senior at the school in Plymouth and admitted to picking him up and driving around with him. She told authorities she had intercourse with him twice in her vehicle and oral sex with him once in her vehicle. Because the student is 18, the teacher was not charged with statutory sexual assault or corruption of minors. Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts told the Scranton Times-Tribune that a victim must be under 16 for statutory sexual assault and under 18 for corruption of minors. The age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16, and a defendant charged with statutory sexual assault must be four or more years older than the victim.

Leslie Baird

Leslie Baird, 42: Teacher at Tooele High School in Tooele, Utah, arrested in 2006 for allegedly having sex with two male students, ages 17 and 18. The mother of the 17-year-old boy said her son’s grades dropped from straight As to barely passing in the wake of the activity, and he no longer participates in sports. In January 2007, Baird was sentenced to undergo a 90-day psychological evaluation at Utah State Prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of forcible sexual abuse. Her judge was Mark Kouris, the same jurist who came under fire for giving Cameo Patch, another teacher at the same school, no jail time for performing oral sex on a 17-year-old male student.

Linda Hardan

Linda Hardan

Linda Hardan, 22: A former substitute teacher at Manchester Regional High School in New Jersey was sentenced Jan. 23, 2017, to three years in prison for sending sexually explicit text messages and engaging in sex acts with students 14 to 16 years old in 2014. Linda Hardan had sent 40 images of herself “in varying states of undress” to a 14-year-old boy, then drove the boy to the Great Falls in Paterson, where she committed a sexual act on him. The prosecutor said the boy was “so upset, so disgusted that he got out of the car and walked home to Haledon.” In another case, a 16-year-old was so traumatized by Hardan’s actions that he dropped out of high school and has not returned. Hardan’s defense attorney claimed her sexual activities with students had been in part a result of her strict Islamic upbringing. “She had classmates and friends, but somehow, perhaps because of limitations on her dating life, she didn’t find the proper outlet among males of her own age,” said Passaic County Superior Court Judge Miguel de la Carrera. ” She did not learn how to interact with guys her age.”

Linda Nef

Linda Nef, 46: The Utah studies teacher and cheerleading adviser at Bountiful Junior High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, was arrested on March 6, 2009 for sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy after turning herself into the police. During her confession, she gave police the name of another teacher, Valynne Bowers, who had begun having sex with the same student after her relationship ended. Bowers was also arrested. Until shortly before the arrests, the two teachers did not know about each other’s relationship with the same boy, a police spokesman said.

Linda Pithyou

Linda Pithyou, 29,: Teacher at Lawrence Hall Youth Services, a Cook County, Ill., school for troubled youth, was arrested on Feb. 20 and formally charged on March 13, 2009, with two counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated sexual abuse for allegedly having sex with a boy, 15. She allegedly drank alcohol, smoked marijuana and engaged in oral sex and sexual intercourse with the boy approximately four times a week at various locations in a car between January 27, 2009 and February 23, 2009, occasionally with her 16-month-old son in the back seat, according to prosecutors. On April 10, 2009, the boys father filed a negligence suit seeking in excess of $50,000 against Lawrence Hall. Pithyou faces up to 15 years if convicted.

Lindsay Massaro

Lindsay Massaro, 23: The student teacher at K-8 Frankford Elementary School in Sussex County, N.J., was arrested March 30, 2009, for having sexual encounters with a pupil in her car and in her bedroom. Massaro allegedly admitted to the “consensual sexual relationship” with the boy she met while student teaching and working toward her state teaching certificate in special education. Police were alerted by the boy’s father who claimed his son was having an “ongoing sexual relationship” with the eighth-grade student teacher at his son’s school. On Valentine’s Day 2011, Massaro pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault.

Lisa Lavoie

Lisa Lavoie, 24:
Teacher from Maurice A. Donahue Elementary School in Holyoke, Mass., arrested Feb. 24, 2009, at a Super 8 Motel in Morgantown, W.Va., with a 15-year old male student with whom she allegedly absconded from Massachusetts. Lavoie, a rookie teacher with the district for just 5 months, was reportedly intoxicated at the time of her arrest. Lavoie was held on child enticement charges, which may include statutory rape. Holyoke Mayor Michael Sullivan said, “This is really a very unfortunate incident and we’re thankful it didn’t end in tragedy.”

Lisa Robyn Marinelli


Lisa Robyn Marinelli, 40: An educator in Tampa Bay, the investigation into her activities was launched after a 17-year-old boy’s father told investigators he saw his son “holding his pants together and putting them back in place” after getting out of Marinelli’s 2007 Chrysler 300. Spokesman Kevin Doll of the Pasco County sheriff’s office said she was arrested March 24, 2008, and accused of unlawful sex with a minor. She also is accused of giving the boy a pair of underwear as a memento. Marinelli was the third Tampa Bay area teacher to be charged in a short period of time with a sex-related crime against a minor. In Hillsborough County, former Davidsen Middle School math teacher Stephanie Ragusa and Freedom High English teacher Mary Jo Spack of Wesley Chapel were accused of having sex with underage students.

Lynn Saunders, 38: A former basketball star at the College of Staten Island, the gym teacher at St. Paul’s School in New Brighton, N.Y., was arrested in March 2005 for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl whose family she had befriended. Saunders admitted to touching the girl’s breasts and genital area on several dates in February 2005. She received no jail time, only probation and registration as a sex offender. The family is now suing Saunders and the Archdiocese of New York, claiming the girl became suicidal and still suffers from “severe emotional shock, trauma, embarrassment, anxiety and other psychological injuries.”

Marcie L. Rousseau

Marcie L. Rousseau, 31: English and math teacher at Freeland High School in Freeland, Mich., was arrested June 29, 2010, and charged with 29 sex crimes in two counties against a male student, age 16. Rousseau faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of any of 23 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Third-degree criminal sexual conduct involves penetration.

Marcy R. Fisher

Marcy R. Fisher, 31: Jackson County, Miss., sheriff’s investigators arrested Marcy R. Fisher, 31, a teacher at Vancleave High School on March 2, 2010, and charged her with enticing a 16-year-old student at the school. The chief investigator said what occurred between Fisher and the male student happened in the last few months. “It’s our belief it was leading up to sex,” he said.

Margaret De Barraicua

Margaret De Barraicua, 30: Sacramento, Calif., area woman arrested in February 2005 after police found her having sex with a 16-year-old male student in her car while the woman’s toddler was strapped into a seat in the back. She pleaded guilty to four felony counts of statutory rape and in November 2005 was sentenced to a year in jail and five years formal probation.

Maria Guzman Hernandez

Maria Guzman Hernandez, 32: Sixth-grade teacher at Hialeah, Fla.’s, Our Lady of Charity was charged on May 23, 2009, with sexual battery on a child over whom she had custodial authority, a charge similar to statutory rape. In the days prior to her arrest, police had wanted to question her but she was at Disney World … with the 15-year-old victim. According to the boy, the pair had been sexually active since March. Detective Carl Zogby, a Hialeah police spokesman, said many of the couple’s romantic encounters occurred at the apartment the boy shared with his mother. “She apparently didn’t find anything wrong with it, thought that the teacher was a nice enough person and a good influence on her son,” Zogby said. The mother’s attorney said she would be disputing the extent of her knowledge about her son’s sexual relationship with his teacher. Hernandez, who is estranged from her husband, told investigators “she was going through a lot in her life.” Hernandez’s two children attend the Hialeah school.

Maria Saco, 28: Math teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Passaic, N.J., sentenced in 2005 to a year in jail for an intimate relationship with a teen student who was 14 when they first met. Saco reportedly gave the boy a key to her apartment.

Mariella Brenlla

Mariella Brenlla, 40:Ponce De Leon Middle School teacher in the Miami-Dade district was arrested on Aug. 22, 2007, following an investigation sparked by a former student who alleged sexual contact some four years before when the child was a 14-year-old eighth-grader. “(Students) come here and it’s supposed to be like a protective zone for them, a safe zone for them, and not a zone where they have to be afraid if a teacher’s going to come onto them,” said a parent reacting to news of the arrest.

Marla Gurecki-Haskins

Marla Gurecki-Haskins, 37: High-school teacher at Canandaigua Academy in western New York state turned herself in May 24, 2010. She allegedly performed oral sex on a 17-year-old male student in a classroom during school hours. Police say Gurecki-Haskins also sent text messages and e-mails to two 16-year-old male students. Court papers obtained by CBS affiliate WROC-TV indicate the messages “encouraged a sexual relationship.” Gurecki-Haskins pleaded not guilty to a felony count of disseminating indecent material to a minor and three misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. Officials say more charges could be filed. Gurecki-Haskins was released on her own recognizance.

Mary Jo Spack

Mary Jo Spack, 45: Honors English teacher at Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla., arrested March 20, 2008, after she allegedly met two male students at a liquor store, took them to a motel, and had sex with one of them in the shower as four other students overheard in the next room. The boy’s boasting about having had sex with a teacher eventually caught the attention of a school resource officer. “I think the public feels this is an epidemic, and I’m very concerned about it,” said Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin, who called for a special meeting to discuss the recent rash of teacher sex scandals.

Mary Kay Letourneau

Mary Kay Letourneau, 34: Des Moines, Wash., teacher did prison time after having sex with a sixth-grade student, Vili Fualaau, in 1996 and eventually had two children by him. She originally had Fualaau in her second-grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Wash. The couple has since married.


Megan Mahoney

Megan Mahoney

Megan Mahoney, 24: Gym teacher and assistant basketball coach at the Moore Catholic High School in Graniteville, New York, in January 2014 amid allegations she had sex dozens of times with a 16-year-old male student, including on the Staten Island campus. Court papers claim Mahoney romped with the teen “on numerous occasions, that is at least two times per week during the period” between Oct. 31, 2013, and Jan. 9, 2014. The New York Post reported the boy involved was unaware of Mahoney’s arrest when contacted by the paper. “I don’t really know how I feel about it,” he said. He previously told the Post his relationship with Mahoney, a former basketball star at Wagner College, developed after she approached him in the school’s gym and offered to coach him in basketball. He reportedly boasted about his sexcapades to his friends, who responded by saying, “How awesome – good job.” The charges against Mahoney are felonies that each carry a maximum of four years in jail. Mahoney’s arrest caught the attention of radio host Rsh Limbaugh, who said, “It never happened when I was in school. It never ever happened when I was in school, damn it. Anyway, it’s a sign of the changing times.”

Megan Sainsbury

Megan Sainsbury, 31: The physical education teacher and former coach at Prospect High School in Saratoga, Calif., was arrested Monday, March 9, 2009, on three misdemeanor counts of “annoying or molesting” a 17-year-old female student, according to court documents. Her arrest was the third for a lesbian teacher in the same district within a two week period. “You probably noticed that several teachers have been arrested on these types of charges lately,” said Santa Clara County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Mike Fletcher. “But teachers are no more likely than doctors, lawyers or newspaper reporters to commit these crimes. Sex crimes affect a wide cross-section of demographics. I think it’s just a fluke.”


Megan Snipes

Megan Michelle Snipes, 28: Psychologist at Battery Creek High School in Beaufort, S.C., was arrested Dec. 20, 2013, charged with sexual battery of a male student. Snipes was arrested after a Beaufort mother told deputies she discovered communication between her 16-year-old son and Snipes that led her to believe the two were having sex, a report on the incident said. The student has been meeting with the school psychologist at least once a week. The student had reportedly left a mobile application open on his mother’s phone, revealing several messages between him and Snipes. Officers questioned the student and Snipes and confirmed that a sexual act took place. The sheriff’s office would not provide information about what the messages between the two said. However, Snipes’ warrant stated she allowed the student to “digitally penetrate her” on Oct. 18 near Bob Jones Field on Jones Avenue in Beaufort.

Melinda Deluca

Melinda Deluca, 29: Sign-language teacher at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan, Utah, was fired in December 2005 for allegedly having sexual intercourse twice with a 16-year-old male student she reportedly had been “grooming” for sexual activity. The case took a bizarre turn in the summer of 2006, when Deluca was found beaten and had to be airlifted to the hospital, claiming two teen boys attacked her as payback. In reality, she made up the claim in an apparent attempt to get sympathy. In January 2007, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail. The victim’ mother said she initially “hated [Deluca] with every part of my being,” but later expressed forgiveness, saying “even though she’s hurt my family, I’ve grown to love her.”

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