March 4, 2010, Bay Minette, Alabama: a mistrial is declared in the case of a middle school teacher accused of multiple charges of sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse, enticement and harassment of four teenage girls. The mistrial followed one girl's sealed testimony that there had been more than one criminal contact with at least one of the girls. The state may file additional charges.
March 5, 2010, Londonderry, New Hampshire: a high school English teacher is arrested on one count of indecent exposure for sending four nude photos of herself to a 15-year-old student.
March 5, 2010, Canandaigua, New York: a high school art teacher is convicted on one count each of forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors, and acquitted of one count of forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree. A female student had accused him of touching her inappropriately; he had admitted to touching her on the thigh, near the knee.
March 5, 2010, Winchester, Indiana: a junior-senior high school basketball coach is charged with two felony counts of child molesting and one felony count of child solicitation, based on allegations that she inappropriately touched and exchanged nude photos with a female student.
March 8, 2010, Alexandria, Virginia: a middle school teacher is convicted of three counts of production of child pornography for having filmed himself having sex with a 15-year-old boy on school grounds.
March 10, 2010, Houston, Texas: a high school speech teacher and coach is arrested on charges out of two counties based on allegations of inappropriate relations with students (sex unspecified).
March 17, 2010, Jersey City, New Jersey: a special ed. high school teacher is charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact, child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct for having allegedly masturbated in front of a 15-year-old male student in a school bathroom.
March 18, 2010, Damariscotta, Maine: in a three-page handwritten document, a fourth-grade teacher confesses to touching three of his female students across their breasts and between their legs while they sat working at their desks. He faces charges of unlawful sexual conduct and unlawful sexual touching.
March 18, 2010, Frederick, Maryland: a kindergarten teacher is indicted on charges of sex abuse of a minor and continuing course of conduct involving sex abuse of a minor. He is alleged to have abused a child throughout the 2008-2009 school year.
March 19, 2010, Memphis, Tennessee: a high school teacher and coach makes his initial appearance in federal court on a charge of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of sexual activity. He is alleged to have engaged the boy in various disgusting activities between 2002 and 2005.
March 22, 2010, Newton, North Carolina: a high school band teacher is indicted on one count of sexual activities with a student and one count of indecent liberties with a student. The charges stem from alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old student.
March 23, 2010, Colville, Washington: A psychologist for the Colville School District pleads guilty to first-degree child molestation and possession of child pornography. The charges stem from his molestation of an 11-year-old male student, attempting to molest another, and possessing gay porn depicting young boys on his school computer and his home computer.
March 24, 2010, Belmond, Iowa: A high school teacher and coach turns herself in and is charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student. The teacher had won numerous coach-of-the-year awards in Idaho.
March 24, 2010, West Jordan, Utah: after a preliminary hearing, a middle school teacher's aide is bound over on multiple charges of forcible sodomy and forcible sexual abuse stemming from her alleged sexual relationship with two male students.
March 24, 2010, Benson, North Carolina: a former band teacher is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of sexual offense with a student based on allegations that he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old student, took explicit pictures of the student. Crimes are alleged to have taken place on campus and at the teacher's residence.
March 25, 2010, Burbank, California: after turning herself in to police, a sixth-grade English and social studies teacher pleads no contest to one count of having unlawful sex with a minor and one count of performing lewd acts upon a child. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed three counts of unlawful sex with a person under 16 and one count of oral copulation with a person under 16. These charges arose from the teacher's affair with a male student at her school.
March 25, 2010, Sidney, Ohio: A retired police officer and study hall monitor pleads no contest to three counts of child enticement and one count of obstructing official business. These charges arose from his inappropriate relations with a 13-year-old student.
March 25, 2010, Santa Clara, California: A high school special ed. teacher is sentenced on six felony counts, including oral copulation with a minor, sexual penetration and sodomy on a person younger than 18, arising from his sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
March 25, 2010, Clarksburg, West Virginia: a high school music teacher pleads guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. He had originally been indicted on two felony charges of distribution and display to a minor of obscene matter for sending a male student links to porn sites, as well as a text message describing sex acts he would like to perform on the boy.
And this is only a fraction of the news items on teacher sex abuse -- just this month. But since the liberal news media are in bed with the liberal teacher's union, there are no crusades to take down the public school system.
Meanwhile, Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, Promoter of Justice for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith -- the man charged with prosecuting clergy sex abusers -- has said that over the last nine years, the Congregation has considered accusations "concerning around three thousand cases of diocesan and religious priests, which refer to crimes committed over the last fifty years." Admittedly, this does not include cases that are not timely referred to Rome -- like, say, the debacle in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that the media are trying to pin on Pope Benedict -- but that statistic averages out to 60 cases per year.
If I had the time and space, I bet I could come up with a lot more than 60 cases of public teacher sex abuse for just the year 2010, which isn't even half over.
I'd say, on average, a kid is a lot safer with a Catholic priest than he is in a public school.
H/T Bad Bad Teacher, which provided many of my leads, but which I will not link to because it unfortunately contains very risque ads.