What drives them to it? Supplied THIS week, a year-old married, successful science teacher was arrested in Florida after she allegedly had sex with a year-old student. Police say the woman, Stephanie Peterson, sent nude photos and also sold the teenage boy marijuana , and was charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor.
Last month, a former Texas high school teacher, Alexandria Vera , who was impregnated by a year-old but had an abortion, got a 10 year sentence and was thrown behind bars after pleading guilty to having sex on multiple occassions with the teenager. In , the then year-old Seattle primary school teacher was busted having sex with her year-old student, Vili Fualaau. USA teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, 35, was sent to jail on charges of raping one of her students who she then married.
AP The mother-of-four was sentenced to seven years behind bars following the rape, and put on the registered sex offender list for the rest of her life. But following her release, the pair continued their relationship — and to date, have been married, divorced and share two children together. Mary Kay Letourneau tied the knot with the man she abused when he was 12 years old, Villi Fualaau.
Alarmingly, that figure was mostly made up of school staff — including teachers, aids and head of schools. So what is going on in the minds of these women? What could make them cross a line and prey on vulnerable youths? Alexandria Vera was jailed for 10 years after having sex with a year-old student. Supplied Stephanie Peterson has been accused of allegedly having sex with a year-old male student. Florida Department of Law EnforcementSource: Supplied Jessica Storer was sentenced to two years prison for having sex with a student.
Supplied According to the Center for Sex Offender Management, a project operated by the US Department of Justice, females account for around 10 per cent of all sex crimes reported to American authorities.
However, a much higher percentage — over 30 per cent — of all teacher-student sexual offences in the US are estimated to have been perpetrated by females. In the latest available statistics, in , just under school employees in the US were prosecuted for student sex crimes — around one-third of them female. Over 30 per cent — of all teacher-student sexual offences are estimated to have been perpetrated by females in the US. And this not only minimises the offending behaviour, but it also unfairly downplays the consequences for victims.