Children should be able to go to school to learn, make friends and have fun. But sometimes, older teachers take advantage of their pupils in the most horrendous ways. Doing a simple search online will pull up hundreds of thousands of cases of teachers getting arrested for committing horrible crimes that you could never even imagine.
Some teachers are able to walk away scot-free while others are punished and sentenced to years behind bars. The punishment never seems to be harsh enough in these instances. Teachers who use their power and authority to lure in unsuspecting children and take advantage of them should be met with more than just a slap on the wrist. They break the trust of their students, parents, faculty and those in the community, and they should be dealt with accordingly.
Once they are caught in the act, many teachers try to justify their unspeakable crimes by insisting they did nothing wrong, but the rest of us definitely beg to differ. Thanks to technology, many teachers are busted with the help of surveillance footage and phone records. Many of their victims also come forward to confirm all the sordid details of the crime.
This list of teachers either used harmful force against a child or took away their innocence in the most horrific ways. Keep reading to see 15 teachers who committed the most despicable acts.
15 Alexandria Vera
A Houston, Texas teacher at Stovall Middle School was accused of not only having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old boy, but she also was impregnated by him. 24-year-old Alexandria Vera claims she had fallen in love with the young boy once the two of them started exchanging direct messages on Instagram.
They met in the summer of 2015, and she said she initially resisted his advances. She finally agreed to hang out with him in the fall, and they began having intercourse almost everyday for nine months. She insisted that the boy's family was okay with their relationship, and they supported their conduct. She had aborted their baby once Child Protective Services began questioning her about their relationship.
The police were made aware of the relationship when the school principal called them with a tip. Vera pleaded guilty to the charges and is facing a maximum of 30 years behind bars.
14 Haeli Wey
Haeli Wey was fired from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas after she was caught having sexual relations with two underage students. One student told his dad that he had gone on a hike with the teacher in a secluded park, and the two then engaged in intercourse. 28-year-old Wey and the boy had intercourse up to 10 times after meeting at a student ministry program. She and the boy became so close, his parents even invited her on a family trip to Africa during the summer. The relationship became intimate after the vacation. Wey is also being accused of exchanging nude pics with the young boy.
The second victim received inappropriate text messages from Wey, and he was lured into going on an "after-school walk" through secluded hiking trails. On the hike is where Wey engaged in inappropriate actions with the young boy by encouraging him to fondle and kiss her. When victim #1 found out about victim #2's hike with the teacher, he became upset, stopped having sex with the teacher, and told his father the truth about their relationship.
Wey worked at the school for two years before getting fired. She was arrested and released on $150,000 bond. She now faces two counts of improper relations between an educator and a student.
13 Carol Pauls
An Arcadia, Florida teacher was arrested for aggravated child abuse after a disturbing incident that occurred at Nocatee Elementary School. The teacher, Carol Pauls, was working with a student who was having behavioral issues. The special needs third-grader was spitting, so Pauls grabbed a paper towel to wipe him up. That's when Pauls screamed, "He bit me!" A teaching assistant removed the towel from the boy's mouth, and he began screaming again. That's when Pauls grabbed another paper towel and shoved it in the boy's mouth.
When being questioned by police, Pauls told investigators that the child ate some of the towel when he bit her, and she became so frustrated that she told him, "Fine then... just choke on it." She denied shoving the second towel in the child's mouth, but she was arrested and immediately hauled off to the county jail.
12 Steven Skinner
A San Angelo, Texas teacher found himself behind bars after it was revealed that he had been having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student. 58-year-old Steven Skinner entered the victim's bedroom on November 26, 2016 between the hours of 12 to 1 a.m. Skinner laid down next to her, and began fondling her body parts. He then engaged in intercourse with the victim. The very next night, he entered the victim's bedroom again and laid next to her. He touched the victim inappropriately and then “kissed the victim on her forehead and left the bedroom.”
The sixth grade teacher was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child with sexual contact. He was fired from his position at the school and booked into Tom Green County Jail on bonds totaling $200,000.
11 Timothy Randall Korr
25-year-old tutor Timothy Randall Korr committed a horrible crime against a young student that shocked parents and a Baltimore community. Korr is being accused of knocking the 7-year-old boy into a wall at the school, causing the boy's jaw to break, knocking two of his teeth out, and leaving scars, cuts and bruises on his face and body. The child's injuries were so severe that he required surgery.
Korr reportedly lost his cool when the student was being disruptive in the classroom. The incident was all caught on surveillance cameras, and Korr was arrested and charged with felony child abuse, assault, reckless endangerment and neglect of a minor. If he's found guilty, he faces up to 85 years behind bars. The City Springs Elementary School tutor was terminated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project immediately following his arrest.
10 Mark Berndt
Mark Berndt's crime against students is one of the worst in recent years. The former elementary school teacher was accused of gagging and blindfolding students in his classroom. It was "disguised as a game" that Berndt would play with his students between the years 2008-2010. What the students and parents weren't aware of was that the students were being subjected to disgusting lewd acts.
Berndt would photograph his victims and place large Madagascar cockroaches on them. Some of the female students were photographed holding a blue spoon with a white substance on it. It was later discovered the substance was actually Berndt's bodily fluids, and the girls had consumed it. More than 400 photos were confiscated, and many of the children have already been identified.
The Miramonte Elementary teacher was arrested and held on $2.3 million bail. He was later found guilty of 23 counts of lewd conduct, and he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
9 Cornelius Smith
A teacher at Euless Junior High named Cornelius Smith was arrested for sexual assault of a child when it was discovered that his 15-year-old victim had been impregnated by him.
Smith was the victim's speech teacher for the 2015 school year. The two began communicating privately through Kik messenger service during the holiday break that same year. In February 2016, he began to meet up with the young girl outside of school, and their relationship escalated. The victim told police Smith would pull her out of her other classes to kiss and engage in sex acts. Although Smith says they only engaged in intercourse once, the victim says Smith came to her family home many times during spring break, and they had "consensual sex" multiple times.
On June 2, 2016, the victim contacted Smith to let him know she might be pregnant, and they bought a pregnancy test to confirm. Smith told the victim he would support her if she wanted to have the baby or if she wanted to get an abortion, but he would have to move his wife and child out of the state first. Smith turned himself in to authorities and was charged with a second-degree felony of sexual assault of a child.
8 Clara Luz Quintero Gonzalez
A teacher at a Miami Beach child daycare center was arrested when she was caught on surveillance cameras physically abusing young child. Parents were shocked to learn 54-year-old Clara Luz Quintero Gonzalez was using physical force frequently against at least four victims ages 2 and 3.
She was charged with aggravated child abuse, child abuse and child neglect when she was caught slapping a 3-year-old boy and grabbing him by the shoulders and shaking him. A witness says Gonzalez hit the boy “four times" on his hands. The witness confronted the teacher about her actions, and the two engaged in a verbal altercation.
After reviewing the camera footage, detectives observed Gonzalez putting her face up against the child's left ear. The child tried to move away from her, and that's when Gonzalez slapped the victim on his right arm. She then yanked him by the arm. Another incident showed the woman hitting a 3-year-old student for no reason at all. And in a fourth incident, she hit a 2-year-old child with a closed right fist on their right arm.
7 Alyson London
Middle school teacher Alyson London saw her teaching career come to an end when it was discovered she was engaging in inappropriate sexting conversations with students. The Apopka, Florida police arrested London when it was revealed she was having a relationship with a former student. The student, who is now in high school, said she wasn't having a romantic relationship with the physical education teacher. But when police looked through the student's phone records, they found 129,000 deleted text messages between London and the student. The student said she "made up a lot of the things" that she was saying to the teacher via text, but the deleted messages were more than enough for detectives to confirm that their relationship had crossed the line. London has since been arrested and is no longer employed at the school.
6 Alicia Bromfield
Alicia Bromfield, a substitute teacher at The Crenshaw School in Gotha, Florida was arrested after engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a male student. Bromfield contacted the 16-year-old student and asked him if she could pick him up at his house and take him to her apartment. The student agreed, and once he arrived at her home, Bromfield proceeded to serve him alcohol until he was drunk. She then suggested they watch a movie in her bedroom, and that's where the intercourse took place.
The student spent the night at Bromfield's apartment, and she drove him back home around 5 a.m. the next morning. Teachers became suspicious of the relationship, and once they discovered intercourse had taken place, they alerted the authorities. Bromfield was arrested and charged with unlawful sex with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
5 Jason R. Lofthouse
Rancho High School teacher Jason R. Lofthouse was arrested on two counts of first-degree kidnapping and four counts of sexual acts with a student ages 16-17. Lofthouse, a geography and U.S. government teacher, engaged in sexual activity with the student in his classroom and at two hotels in Las Vegas.
32-year-old Lofthouse would pick the student up near her neighborhood, and they would check into the hotels. The student missed school a couple times to go to the hotels with Lofthouse. He was also accused of abusing previous students, as well.
In the courtroom, Lofthouse expressed remorse for his actions, and he said he made bad choices because he was "lonely," and he felt "unwanted and unloved." As his wife and family looked on, he was found guilty of all charges and sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison.
4 Lamont Houston
31-year-old Lamont Houston was arrested and charged with sexual battery of a child between ages 12 and 18, lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between the ages 12 and 16, child abuse for someone 21 years or older, and impregnating a child under the age of 16.
The Florida teacher began an inappropriate relationship with victim when he met her at Lincoln Middle school. They began exchanging text messages, and in June 2016, Houston picked the girl up without her parents' permission. The two then engaged in intercourse in his car. Weeks later, he picked her up again, drove her around, and engaged in intercourse inside his car at a secluded parking lot. The victim later found out she was pregnant and reported the crime to her family. Houston's bond has been set at $55,000 and if convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
3 Olga Garza
53-year-old Olga Garza is being accused of force-feeding one of her 4-year-old students. A teacher's assistant witnessed Garza holding the 4-year-old-female's nose, causing her to gasp for air. The teacher then tried to get the victim to eat by forcing the food into her mouth. The assistant begged her to stop multiple times, but Garza wouldn't let up. The incident was all caught on surveillance video, and Garza was charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony. When the child's father found out about the incident, he was furious. He wanted to immediately press charges against the teacher after the surveillance footage showed her pinching the child's nose for up to 33 seconds while the victim desperately tried to move away from her. The teacher claims she was forcing the child to eat because she was concerned for her health.
2 Todd Michael Schreiber
A Maryland teacher named Todd Michael Schreiber was convicted of a despicable crime that took place at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. The former teacher was accused of using his cellphone to take photos up students' skirts. A 14-year-old student told investigators that while retaking a test after school, she saw 38-year-old Schreiber point a phone under her skirt. She jumped back and distanced herself from him. Once she finished the exam, she told her family about the incident.
A detective interviewed Schreiber and asked to see his phone. When detectives browsed the photos in his cellphone, they saw pictures of "various areas of the female anatomy." Schreiber tried to grab his phone away, but he had already been busted. He faces up to 25 years in prison on each count. He is currently out on bond until his January 2017 sentencing date.
1 Galina Kovalenko
A Ukrainian teacher by the name of Galina Kovalenko committed an unthinkable crime against one of her students. The woman is being accused of trying to sell the 13-year-old girl victim for $13,000. According to authorities, the girl was living at a boarding school for orphans and children from broken families. Kovalenko was attempting to sell the girl's organs in order to receive the $13,000. She was reportedly desperate to pay off some debt, and she thought selling the young girl would be the quickest way to get some cash.
The 52-year-old teacher appeared in court and said someone was trying to set her up, but the man who was attempting to purchase the girl and her organs had already given authorities all the details. The buyer claims Kovalenko promised to provide him with pictures of girl, as well as proof of her good health by supplying him with her medical records. Thankfully, her plan to sell the girl didn't go too far, and now she's facing up to 15 years behind bars.