Category Archives: Corruption of a Minor

British Teacher Canned Over Mile-High Sex Allegations

A disciplinary panel for Britain’s National College of Teaching Leadership (NCTL) decided last week to indefinitely ban Eleanor Wilson, a 28-year-old physics teacher at an unnamed school in Bristol, from teaching in English classrooms. The panel’s decision came after hearing testimony from a student, “Pupil A,” that on a July 2015 flight home from a…

Tennessee Issues Amber Alert for 15-yo Student on the Run with 50-yo Teacher

[Update — 2017-04-02] On March 31, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released screen grabs from a surveillance video recorded at a Walmart in Oklahoma City on March 15, 2017. (Oklahoma City is approximately a 10-hour drive west of Culleoka, TN.) The images show student Elizabeth Thomas, 15, entering the store on East I-240 Service Road…

PA Teacher Uses Private Twitter Account to Sext with Student

For someone researching digital misconduct by educators, summer vacation is the slow season, which made it good time to take a break to finish my most recent book (Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads). But these types of cases never stop completely. In June, a child abuse complaint was lodged with the Berks County (PA)…

NY Post Unfairly Blames Mayor de Blasio for Public Porn Consumption

It is difficult to overstate the full depth and breadth of the New York Post‘s loathing for the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio (and presumably for the Mayor himself). In the Post‘s view, there is no social ill afflicting the city–vagrancy, panhandling, public urination, the rat population, disrespect for law enforcement, political correctness, the…

OH Substitute Teacher Confesses to Sexting with 14-Year-Old Student

One of the ongoing challenges in investigating cases of educator misconduct is that so many of them involve text messages, which are a particularly ephemeral form digital evidence. Unlike files on a hard drive, which typically linger long after they are “deleted,” or emails, which are routinely archived in multiple locations (just ask Ollie North!),…

“What Was She Thinking?” Australia Teacher Gives Student USB with Explicit Selfies

Over the last couple of years, I’ve dived deeply into the topic of teacher misconduct. The cases I’ve studied and summarized have ranged widely, from the merely sad to the reprehensible to the truly horrifying. One thing is abundantly clear: we need to improve teacher candidate education and professional development to better instruct educators about…

PA Teacher Convicted of Offering to Trade Students Good Grades for Nude Photos

State College, PA has had its share of unpleasant headlines recently (see, e.g. “Sandusky, Jerry“). Now come reports that Wesley Amy, a State College Area High School computer science teacher, has been convicted by a jury of offering students good grades in exchange for nude photos. The 28-year-old educator began teaching computer science at the…

Trinity High School Teacher Patrick Newman Pleads Guilty to Child Exploitation Charges [*Update]

Back in June, I wrote about the case of Patrick Newman, a Social Studies teacher at Trinity High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Louisville, KY. Following a tip by Twitter to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, investigators determined that Newman had used Vine (a video app owned by Twitter), Kik, and…

Feds Charge Trinity High School Teacher with Child Exploitation and Possession of Child Pornography

In a press release issued June 2, Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. (W.D. Kentucky) announced that his office had arrested Patrick Newman, 35, and charged him with violating child exploitation laws. Prior to the announcement by Kuhn, Newman taught Social Studies at Trinity High School, an all-boys Catholic school located in Louisville,…

Show-and-Don’t-Tell? Teacher Allegedly Shows Students Before-and-After Boob Job Photos

Some visual aids aren’t meant for the classroom. Last week, the investigative Web site The Smoking Gun obtained a copy of a May 18 search warrant application filed by the Newport News Police Department, seeking approval to search a white iPhone owned by Woodside High School teacher Melissa Kidd. According to the warrant application, Three…