It was a big year for salacious affairs between teachers and their students.
Here are 10 of the most scandalous of these stories that captured the public’s imagination in 2015.
1. Haeli Wey seduced a student during a school ministry program
28-year-old Haeli Wey initiated sexual contact with a teenage student during a school ministry program. Even worse? He wasn’t her last victim. Wey eventually moved on to another student.
She was charged with two counts of conducting an improper relationship between a teacher and a student and faces 20 years in jail.
2. Shelley Dufresne and Rachel Respess assaulted their victim together
Louisiana teachers Shelley Dufresne and Rachel Respess sparked a threesome with a 16-year-old student after a football game.
Incidentally, Dufresne is the daughter of an area judge, calling her relatively light sentencing, which includes house arrest, into question.
3. Virginia Houston Hinckley had sex with a student and then announced she is pregnant
This might be the most shocking one yet. Florida teacher Virginia Houston Hinckley has been accused of having sex with her 16-year-old student.
However, it was recently revealed that she was pregnant, leaving many to wonder if the father is someone other than her doting husband.
4. Matthew Shane Wester married the underage girl he was accused of having sex with
Matthew Shane Wester, a 37-year-old Alabama teacher, was arrested for having sexual relations with a female student nearly half his age. That’s not where the story ends.
He married her! Wester and 18-year-old Amy Nicole Fox have officially tied the knot.
5. Heather Phillips manipulated her 12-year-old daughter’s boyfriend into sexual relations
40-year-old preschool teacher Heather Phillips found herself behind barswhen it was revealed that she had convinced her 12-year-old daughter’s boyfriend, who is 15, to engage in sexual conduct with her.
It was reported that she called him a “hot kid” and said things like “I wish you were mine.”
6. Amber Telford engaged in a lengthy relationship with one of her dance students
After her husband became suspicious and hired a private detective, it was revealed that 33-year-old dance teacher Amber Telford was conducting an illicit, and lengthy, affair with a 17-year-old student.
She even bought him exorbitant gifts, including a trip to Disneyland.
7. Christina Busby stunned Christian school by having an affair with student
A former teacher at the esteemed Faith Academy in Mobile, Alabama, was busted for engaging in sex acts with a 17-year-old student.
33-year-old Christina Busby was found out when the student’s mother found inappropriate text messages on his phone.
8. Symone Greene was a substitute teacher for just one day before getting into trouble
22-year-old Symone Green was hired as a substitute teacher for just one day in a Washington, D.C., high school.
It only took her hours before she began sending explicit text messages to a 17-year-old student, whom she later performed a sex act on.
9. Quinton Wright set up a sex closet for his 14-year-old student
This one is a bit different. Math teacher Quinton Wright didn’t actually engage in sexual activity with a student, but he did knowingly set up an area for 14-year-old students to have sex with one another.
He even noted that the girl couldn’t “tell anybody” and informed them that he didn’t have any condoms.
10. Brianne Altice approached an underage boy while out on bail
Utah teacher Brianne Altice, who is 35-years-old, has been arrested onmultiple occasions for engaging in sexual conduct with minors.
This year, however, found Altice being arrested for having sex with an underage boy while she was out on parole. Altice’s serial perversion makes her the 2015 “teacher-sex offender” of the year.
Here is hoping that 2016 brings us fewer of these stories.