How Common is Sexual Misconduct in Schools Becoming?
Parents send their children to schools entrusting the teachers and administration to provide their children with a safe, harm-free environment. While teachers cannot protect students from every potential threat, it is especially alarming to see the rise in sexual misconduct against children happening in Palm Beach County schools. The case of Carol Flannigan in 2004 helped shed light on the reality that our children are not always safe in school.
Sexual Misconduct against Children in Palm Beach County
WPTV News recently reported that dozens of teachers have been fired for allegedly sexually engaging students since 2006. According to the report, in 2004, former Boynton Beach music teacher Carol Flannigan was arrested after admitting to having sex with a 5th grader.
“I’ve tried to fight my feelings for you,” Flannigan said to the student during a recorded phone conversation just prior to her arrest.
The Contact 5 Investigators poured through years of substantiated cases of teachers sexually harassing students.
“It’s wrong, bad, illegal behavior and we will prosecute to the fullest extent,” said Nat Harrington, spokesperson for the Palm Beach County School District.
Tonight at 11 pm EST., WPTV News Channel 5 will reveal just how often sexual misconduct is exchanged between students and teachers. The numbers are shocking and will make you open your eyes to the world of crime and danger that children are exposed to every day.
Sexual misconduct can be categorized as sexual battery depending on the circumstances. Sexual battery is defined as oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another, or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; however, sexual battery does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose. Statistics say that 683,000 forcible rapes occur every year in the US, which comes down to 1.3 forcible rapes every minute.
This crime is extremely serious. If the crime involved a person over 18 years of age committing sexual battery upon a person less than 12 years old, can be charged with a capital felony punishable by death according to Florida Statute 794.011.
Being charged with any crime can seriously impact your life. However, being charged with a sex crime has an entirely new connotation. No matter what the outcome of your sentence is, you will most likely have to register as a sex offender – a mark on your record that will haunt you for the rest of your life. A criminal defense lawyer can help you achieve the best possible outcome. Contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately after your arrest to make sure you will at least have a fair trial.