Melinda Dennehy

Melinda Dennehy, 41: Melinda Dennehy, 41, a sophomore English teacher at Londonderry High School in Massachusetts, was arrested Feb. 26, 2010, and charged with one felony count of indecent exposure for allegedly e-mailing four nude photos of herself to a 15-year-old male student. According to court documents, she continuously sent him text messages, saying she wanted to perform a sexual act with him. The teen e-mailed the photos to two other students, according to the court documents, and the boy’s father showed the police. “A couple of kids in our school had them on their phones, and it was going around the school,” said a senior. “Everybody had them.”

Melissa Andreini

Melissa Andreini, 29: Special-education teacher at Helper Junior High School in Utah reportedly paid her victim, a 15-year-old boy, between $1,400 and $1,500 after three sexual episodes at her home in June 2009. Court documents did not disclose whether the money exchanged was for sex or to keep the boy quiet about the encounters. Andreini was initially charged with three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, each a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. In January 2010, she pleaded guilty to one count, with the other two counts dismissed.

Melissa Bare, 35: Kitts Hill, W.V., teacher of language arts and writing at Rock Hill Middle School in Ironton, W.V., indicted April 23, 2007, on two counts of sexual battery. Bare pleaded innocent to charges she had sexual contact with a 16-year-old male student in February 2007.

Melissa Chase

Melissa Chase, 29: Harlem High School coach in Harlem, Ga., was released from prison on July 31, 2009, after serving only three years of a 10-year sentence. The Georgia Supreme Court overturned her 2006 sentence, saying the age of consent should have been allowed as evidence along with the 16-year-old female student’s testimony that she “wanted” the relationship.

Melissa Deel

Melissa Michelle Deel, 32: Bristol, Tenn., teacher at Virginia Middle School pleaded guilty to crossing the state line into Virginia to have oral sex with a 13-year-old male student in December 2004. As part of her plea agreement, Deel agreed never to profit from the crime, as well as have no contact with the boy and his family without court permission. She was sentenced in 2005 to a year and two months prison.

Melissa Diana Koeh

Melissa Diana Koeh, 30: The ex-teacher at St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul, Minn., was arrested Dec. 20, 2008, when a police officer found a 17-year-old girl and Koeh, who had been the girl’s teacher and coach the previous year, kissing in a car in a parking lot near a soccer field. The girl’s parents had allowed the teacher to stay overnight in their home with their daughter and told authorities they believed she had slept on the floor of the girl’s bedroom and were unaware of any sexual activity. Koeh was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and freed on $10,000 bail.

Melissa Lavender

Melissa Lavender, 33: Detroit-area culinary arts teacher at South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores, Mich., was arrested in August 2008 after being accused of engaging in sex acts with two male high-school students, ages 16 and 17, while on a boat owned by the parents of a former student. A published report says Michigan’s age of consent is 16, but a state statute makes it illegal for a teacher to engage in sex acts with a student irrespective of the student’s age. Lavender, who held her teaching job for six years, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Melissa Dawn McCord
Melissa Dawn McCord

Melissa Dawn McCord, 35: Special education teacher at West Carroll Elementary in Atwood, Tenn., faces several charges, including statutory rape by an authority figure after being arrested on Jan. 29, 2009. Police say a 14-year-old junior high student, who had dated McCord’s daughter, reported the woman had performed oral sex on him at a city park on two occasions. The police report said the teenager’s parents had several text conversations between McCord and the boy in their possession.

Melissa Moss

Melissa Moss, 27: Teacher at Barat Academy in Dardenne Prairie, Mo., allegedly e-mailed two topless photos of herself to one of her 15-year-old students. She was charged Feb. 26, 2008, with furnishing pornographic material to a minor, a misdemeanor.

Melissa Snow

Melissa Snow, 27: English teacher at Sheridan High School in Denver, Colo., pleaded guilty to felony attempted sexual assault after being accused of having sex on numerous occasions with a male student. She was arrested Nov. 5, 2008, and was given no jail time when sentenced Aug. 4, 2009. Snow received just eight years of supervised probation and was ordered to register as a convicted sex offender.

Melissa Weber

Melissa Weber, 27: The social studies teacher at I.S./M.S. 8 in Queens, New York, was arrested May 29, 2009, after being found having sex in her classroom with a 14-year-old male student. According to another student, it was a common sight to see Weber after school working with several students. But authorities said the 27-year-old took particular interest in one student, having sex with the teen seven times from mid-April to mid-May, all after school. She allegedly told him: “Don’t tell anyone. I could get arrested and I could lose my teaching license.” Investigators said after the boy’s mother was tipped off by school employees, she checked her son’s cell phone and found hundreds of calls and texts from Weber, the last text reading, “erase your phone.”

Meredith Hollen, 40: Former teacher at the prestigious Graland Country Day School in Denver arrested Nov. 2, 2007, for allegedly sexually assaulting a male student off campus before the schoolyear began. She was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and another count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Meredith Kane

Meredith Kane, 24: English teacher at Kansas’ Lawrence High School was sentenced on Dec. 19, 2007, after having been convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old male student during the 2006-2007 school year – even after she was arrested and released on bond. She had hoped to avoid prison time by arguing her actions were impulsive due to an undiagnosed bi-polar disorder, but the judge gave her 59 months behind bars.

Michelle Farley
Michelle Farley

Michelle Farley, 40:Boise, Idaho, prosecutors say the Borah High psychology teacher, arrested on Dec. 18, 2008, admitted to police she had sexual contact with a student, who was 17 at the time. Farley, whose husband works for the school district, is the mother of two children. A magistrate judge ordered she not have any contact with children other than her own.

Michelle Kush

Michelle Kush, 29: Substitute teacher at Boone County High School in Florence, Ky., allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old boy several times during summer break. She was charged with two counts of rape and one sodomy count. In August 2006, Kush was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 30 days on house arrest and five years probation.

Michelle Morano, 33: Cedar Grove, N.J., woman taught English at West Essex High School when she was arrested March 23, 2007, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student. She was charged with sexual assault. Morano’s involvement with the student reportedly came to light when insurance officials were conducting an unrelated investigation at the school.

Michelle VanMeter

Michelle VanMeter, 35: Catholic studies teacher in Fort Wayne, Ind., pleaded guilty Jan. 15, 2008, to having sex with multiple boys, ranging from age 12 to 15. In June 2007, VanMeter gave birth to a baby, and a paternity test revealed with 99.9 percent certainty the 15-year-old was the father of the child. In a separate case, VanMeter pleaded guilty to a single count of child molesting, stemming from the molestation of another boy. Those allegations surfaced during the investigation of the first case.

Michelle Zulkowsky

Michelle Zulkowsky, 28: Teacher’s aide at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa., was arrested April 30, 2008, as she blew the whistle on her own “secret love” with a 16-year-old male student in the English as a Second Language program. Zulkowsky indicated she “did not have any control over her feelings,” according to her arrest affidavit. She reportedly began to supervise the boy in September 2007, and by January 2008, “she told him that she loved him and that she wanted to be with him.”

Natalie Fraxedas, 23: Spanish teacher at Santaluces High School in Lantana, Fla., was fired in June 2008 after allegedly having sex with an 18-year-old male student. “I believe that you want to be with me,” she expressed to the student in a handwritten letter. “So I let my guard down and decided then to let you in my heart.” Fraxedas also told him, “I give you good grades to help you out so you don’t have to worry about this class. I wish I could do more for you.” No criminal proceedings were expected because the consensual sex was with someone 18 and took place off campus.

Natasha Sizow

Natasha Sizow, 24: First-year social studies teacher and girls’ swimming coach  at Granby High School in Virginia Beach, Va., arrested in February 2008 for allegedly sending erotic pictures of herself via cell phone to students. A police spokesman said she was accused of sending photos of herself “in various stages of undress.” The students involved were a male and a female, both 17. Sizow was charged with two counts each of indecent liberties and use of a communications device to facilitate crimes against children.

Nicole Barnhart

Nicole Andrea Barnhart, 35: Highlands Ranch, Colo., woman reportedly told police she loves the 16-year-old boy with whom she was having sex. A teacher at Ponderosa High School, she pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault on a child, resulting in a two-year prison sentence and a minimum of 10 years in a sex-offender probation program.

Nicole Dufault

Nicole Dufault, 35: This Essex County, New Jersey, language-arts teacher served nine years at Columbia High School before being charged with aggravated sexual assault on five students on school property and in her car and endangering the welfare of a child. Arraigned Sept. 18, 2014, Dufault was held on $500,000 bail. UPDATE: As her defense to charges of sexually assaulting six male students, the attorney for Dufault claimed in July 2015 that she suffers from a brain condition that left her defenseless to the students’ over-aggressive behavior. Dufault’s attorney, Timothy Smith, said she suffers from “frontal lobe syndrome,” a condition that experts have said is associated with socially inappropriate behavior and the inability to control impulses. “Ms. Dufault suffers from frontal lobe syndrome which has rendered her defenseless to over-aggressive behavior, and that is exactly what she was exposed to,” Smith said.


Nicole Kurowski

Nicole Kurowski, 27: Cheerleading coach at Tulpehocken High School in Reading, Pa., was arrested in November 2013 for allegedly having a 10-month sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy. She allegedly exchanged thousands of text messages with the boy including ones reading, “I love you,” and photos of an explicit nature. The messages indicated that the pair even had sexual contact on campus during school hours, where Kurowski also taught physical education, authorities said. Pennsylvania State Police launched an investigation after the school district received a tip by email that the pair had engaged in a sexual relationship between October 2012 to August 2013. Dr. Edward J. Albert, Tulpehocken School District superintendent, said he was alerted to the alleged relationship on Sept 2, 2013. “I got the tip and I immediately got on the phone with the school-board president and our solicitor,’ Albert told the Reading Eagle. “I take this matter very seriously.” During the course of the investigation, police uncovered thousands of text messages and dozens of pictures, authorities told the Reading Eagle. The messages revealed a sexual relationship, they said. Authorities said the pair had daily conversations during and after school.

Nicole Long

Nicole Long, 29: English teacher at Ayersville High School in Ohio resigned her teaching post after being accused of raping a 17-year-old boy. She pleaded guilty in January 2005 to a charge of sexual battery, and was sentenced in March to three months in jail.

Nicole Pomerleau, 31: English teacher at Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., arrested in March 2004 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with her 16-year-old student. The age of consent in North Carolina is 16, but teachers having sex with students is an exception to the law. Though Pomerleau admitted the affair, she got no prison time and did not have to register as a sex offender.

Pamela Balogh

Pamela Balogh, 39: Gym teacher and coach at a Somerset, N.J. Catholic high school was charged in December 2006 with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student over a period of 10 months. Authorities say the assaults happened mainly in Balogh’s office.

Pamela Diehl-Moore
Pamela Diehl-Moore

Pamela Diehl-Moore, 43:When this former teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Clifton, N.J., pleaded guilty in January 2002 to having sex during the summer of 1999 with a 13-year-old male student in her 7th-grade class, she expected to be sentenced to three years, based on a deal worked out with prosecutors. But at her May hearing, Judge Bruce A. Gaeta sentenced her to probation, saying: “I really don’t see the harm that was done here and certainly society doesn’t need to be worried. I do not believe she is a sexual predator. It’s just something between two people that clicked beyond the teacher-student relationship. … And don’t forget, this was mutual consent.” Following an appeal by prosecutors, Diehl-Moore was sentenced to serve three years in September 2002.

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