In just the last few days, we’ve spotted tons of headlines in our Associated Press news feed about teachers arrested for, charged with or sentenced for having inappropriate relations (ranging from sexual activity to criminal activity) with their students. Read on for a sampling of those stories:
• AUSTIN, Texas — A 32-year-old Central Texas middle school teacher has been arrested after being accused of having sex with two students. Travis County Jail records show Holly Marie Lopez of Pflugerville was in custody Friday on charges of aggravated sexual assault. Bond is $100,000 for Lopez, who was booked Thursday. Online jail records did not list an attorney for her. Officials say Lopez allegedly gave condoms to the 13-year-old and 14-year-old boys and had sex with them at the older child’s home on Feb. 11. The Lexington Independent School District says Lopez was put on administrative leave about two weeks ago when the allegations became public. Supt. Frances McArthur says Lopez later resigned. Lopez was special education math teacher in Lexington, located 50 miles east of Austin.
• SAPULPA, Okla. — Authorities in Sapulpa have arrested a former teacher for allegedly encouraging eight students at an alternative school to break into her ex-husband’s home. Prosecutors charged 40-year-old Kristy Lynn Marone of Claremore on Monday in Creek County with eight counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The Tulsa World reports Marone resigned from Bartlett Academy in January. She’s worked at the school for grades 8-12 since 2010. Sapulpa police say Marone told the students when her ex-husband would be out of town and that she wanted a portion of any money from the break-in. It wasn’t clear whether Marone had an attorney.
• DeRIDDER, La. — A 28-year-old Westlake woman arrested in November for sex-related offenses against a 13-year-old boy is scheduled to stand trial in Beauregard Parish on May 21. Authorities say Heather N. Daughdrill was arrested in Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes for allegedly having sexual contact with the boy. Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Daughdrill was teaching at a summer Bible school camp where the boy attended. Beauregard District Attorney David Burton said Daughdrill pleaded not guilty to charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, sexual battery, second-degree kidnapping, contributing to a juvenile’s delinquency and indecent behavior with a juvenile on Feb. 7. The American Press reports a trial date has not yet been set in Calcasieu Parish where she faces similar charges.