In theory, teachers are supposed to be role models for their students. But every week, it seems like we hear about another teacher using their power to take advantage of a student. This year, there was no shortage of teachers who crossed professional boundaries and sexually exploited minors.
So, we rounded up some of the worst teacher scandals of Tad Cummins This was one of the most infamous teacher-student scandals this year. What came next was a national manhunt. After over a month on the run, the pair were found at a remote cabin in northern California. Cummins has since been indicted on federal charges. According to his attorney, statements Cummins made to authorities after his arrest were coerced, reported the Tennessean. Tennille Whitaker Over the summer, a married fourth-grade teacher from Nevada resigned after she was accused of having sexual relations with at least two teen boys, according to Elko Daily Free Press.
In fact, a parent allegedly caught Whitaker and a teen alone behind a closed classroom door, according to The Daily Caller. It's unclear if Whitaker has made a statement at this time. Just as with Whitaker, a parent also caught Crosby in an inappropriate act. It's unclear if Wayne has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
Chasky resigned from her role at the school after police began investigating her relationship with the underage student she met while working as a bus aide. It's unclear if she's made a statement at this time. Days later, the pair were discovered in upstate New York by a state trooper.
Rodriguez was arrested without incident. According to a police affidavit, Frisina's friend claimed she "hooked up with Rian and he worked his way into her life" and that she wanted to "leave the country with him and other crazy stuff. The coach was a long-time family friend. It's unclear if Rodriguez has an attorney who can speak on his behalf. Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, was indicted on over sex crimes.
To make matters worse, he is HIV-positive, and prosecutors believe he may have actively tried to infect his victims, according to CNN. Bell was reportedly fired from his teaching job after a parent found disturbing text messages from Bell to her child in It's unclear if Bell has released a statement at this time.
Hunter Day In November, a science teacher from Oklahoma was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing and sexting an underage student, according to The Washington Post. Parents contacted police after discovering that year-old Hunter Day allegedly sexted their son. It's unclear if Day's attorney has released a statement regarding the charges. Katherine Gonzalez In October, this former fifth-grade teacher pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an year-old boy.
She was sentenced to five years in prison for the abuse. Jill Lamontagne In October, a married teacher from Maine was indicted for allegedly having a sexual relationship her year-old former health class student. The teen allegedly told his mom and a nurse at the hospital that he was in love with Lamontagne. According to Lamontagne's attorney , "The charges are completely untrue, period. These allegations arise from a high school rumor which consisted of the fantasies of an emotionally troubled year-old.
Nelson Cousin A high school paraprofessional and assistant coach from Ohio was fired in July after the school found out he was allegedly sexting with three of the athletes he coached.
The other victims were ages 16 and According to the Toledo Blade , police had to leave his home because they became nauseated upon finding a dead, decayed dog in a bedroom overflowing with maggots and flies. It's unclear if Cousin's attorney has made a statement at this time.