A junior high teacher is under arrest and in jail after police say he carried on a sexual relationship with a student who is now in high school.
News 4 Jax reports:
A former Orange Park Junior High School teacher is accused of having sex with a former student, who is now pregnant, according to an arrest warrant.
Loren Neely, 29, was booked into the Duval County jail Friday on a charge of unlawful sexual activity with someone who is 16 or 17 years old, online jail records show.
The warrant states Neely and a girl, who is listed as a former student, were in a two-year relationship and had sex.
Police say Neely “gave her money to get an abortion after learning she was pregnant,” according to the news station.
“Upon notification from law enforcement about the investigation, he was immediately removed from the school. Neely resigned at the end of last month,” the Clay County school district says in a statement.
“The district would like to reassure families and staff that this employee had no history of incidents related to the current charges brought to light. The district will continue to take every step to protect students as safety is the top priority.”
Nelly met the student when she was a helper in his junior high class.
Meanwhile, a Louisiana teacher is avoiding jail after admitting to having sex with three students.
The Detroit Free Press reports:
After pleading guilty to having sex with three underage teenagers and sending lewd messages, a substitute teacher in Louisiana was spared jail and could even be headed back to the classroom, New Orlean’s station WDSU reports.
As part of a plea deal, 34-year-old Heidi Domangue Verrett pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. When she was arrested in 2016, the Terrebonne Parish instructor faced three felony charges, according to the report.
A district judge then suspended Verrett’s six-month jail term and sentenced the substitute teacher and teacher’s aide to two years of unsupervised probation and ordered her to pay $900 in fines, Houma Today reports. She did not have to register as a sex offender.
This all comes as two teacher unions in Rhode Island are opposing a bill that would make having sex with students a crime.
Via Good School Hunting:
Yesterday at a hearing for a bill (HB 5817) that would make sex between school employees and students a crime—even after they’ve turned 16, the legal age of consent in Rhode Island—both teachers’ unions made their objections known. NEA RI didn’t have anyone testify but Pat Crowley did sign in to the hearing and note his opposition to the bill. I suspect the NEA also submitted written testimony. James Parisi of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) did testify—in fact, we sat beside one another, each offering our very different opinions on the bill.
The site showed a photo of a legislative document indicating union reps wanted to testify in opposition to the bill.