More Teachers Getting Arrested


Almost every day you hear of another teacher getting arrested for some type of sex crime.
Are there actually more crimes or is the media just more on top of it? I have been doing sex crime defense for thirty years and in my opinion, nothing has changed. There has always been interaction between underage students and teachers. There has always been interaction between some members of the clergy and young boys. In my opinion what has changed in increased prosecution. What we are seeing more and more is interaction between female teachers and young male students. Has our society become more sexualized? Absolutely.
In past years, students were afraid to come forward. Catholic boys were afraid of the stigma of coming forward and making accusations against priests. There has been a floodgate of increased accusations against priests. This is really driven by the lawyers who see the church as a deep pocket and know that the threat of a lawsuit usually results in a big settlement. Sadly, it is the members of the church that suffer. The settlements result in the church selling property and donations being diverted to civil settlements instead of doing the work of the church. The Bishops are now paying the price for years of concealment of illegal activity by a handful of priests.
The same thing is happening in schools. An accusation against a teacher for sexual misconduct with a minor can result in a claim against the school. The other huge change, and increase to some degree, in student-teacher accusations is the smartphone. Sexting has become rampant. Kids now send sexually explicit pics to other students and sometimes to teachers. Some modern day teenage girls are sexually aggressive and actually pursue teachers sending tempting pornographic pics. If a teacher responds with a sexually graphic pic it can result in a criminal charge for transmission of obscene material to a minor and end a career forever.
The simple fact is that many times the accusations are simply false. A student, angry at a teacher, can totally make up a false allegation. Here in Sarasota and Manatee County, it has been my experience that the prosecutors routinely believe the accuser in child sex crime cases. All it takes is a young girl saying something improper happened and it will trigger an arrest and prosecution. Defending sex crime cases is tough. Everyone starts out believing the accusation. It is critical that the defense lawyer have experience in defending child sex crime cases. I have defended teachers, school employees and members of the clergy for over forty years. I have defended teachers, school employees and members of the clergy for over forty years. Sex crime defense is tough but not impossible Hard work, good investigation and thorough preparation can make a difference between freedom and years in state prison.