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School Teachers and Sex Crimes

School Teachers and Sex Crimes

It seems that almost once a week, one Florida teacher or another is headlining news reports after being arrested for some sex crime against a child. Only recently, it was a teacher in Palm Beach County, this week it is an elementary school teacher in Mango, Fla. Sex crimes against children are extremely serious and have even more serious consequences. These crimes often involve a heavy investigation and no room for mercy for the defendants. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime against a minor, seek the guidance of a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Why Teachers Have Sex with Their Students In an effort to understand why there are so many teachers being featured in news articles for having had sexual relationships with their students, I conducted… […]

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How More School Teachers are Being Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

How More School Teachers are Being Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

With former Pennsylvania State University Football Coach Jerry Sandusky all over the media for sexual misconduct and sexually assaulting minor boys, the audience and the law are paying much closer attention to school officials’ contact with students. There has been a very significant rise in arrests and accusations of school teachers and officials engaging in sexual misconduct with Palm Beach County students. Is it the media that’s helping these crimes to surface? Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault by School Officials News reports are pouring out by the minute from the State College, Pennsylvania area. Former PSU Football Coach Jerry Sandusky’s name has been plastered all over every media outlet for one of the biggest scandals a university has faced in years. Sandusky is facing several counts of sexual assault against… […]

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How Common is Sexual Misconduct in Schools Becoming?

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… […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Charged with Molestation

What To Do If You Have Been Charged with Molestation

Sexual molestation is one of the most difficult crimes to prosecute, especially when the perpetrator is a person in a position of trust of the victim. The victim often feels either guilt or fear in speaking out and so the assaults can continue and go unnoticed. In West Palm Beach, a girl’s flag football team coach, Robert Gomez, is charged with molesting a child. According to an article in WPTV News, the alleged incident happened at Gomez’s home in early December, 2010. The victim, had stayed the night because she was friends with Gomez’s two daughters. About 10 days later, the family of the alleged victim filed a restraining order against Gomez. According to the police report, Gomez blamed his actions on the night of the alleged incident on alcohol… […]

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What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

The crime of the day involves six different criminal charges including fraud, grand theft, and official misconduct. According to a recent article in WPTV News, the principal of Plumosa Elementary School in Delray Beach has been arrested on these charges. Priscilla Maloney is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of school furniture for a local business. Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe stated that she stole and misused school property. She allegedly stole a projector for her own personal use. McAuliffe also said Maloney submitted false paperwork to be fraudulently reimbursed. Her crimes add up to one charge of organized scheme to defraud, two counts of grand theft, two counts of official misconduct, and one count of petit theft. The Palm Beach County School District has since released… […]

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How To Deal With Fraud Charges

How To Deal With Fraud Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a 34-year-old woman faces felony charges after St. Lucie County sheriff’s investigators determined more than $40,000 was stolen from a business where she worked as an office manager, according to recently released records. Misty Dawn McCoy was arrested Nov. 27 on organized fraud and second-degree grand theft charges following the incidents relating to Teacher’s Place day care in the 3300 block of South 25th Street. A Teacher’s Place representative told sheriff’s investigators in September she suspected McCoy, the office manager, of stealing. She said she knew of at least $520 missing from recent deposits. Teacher’s Place representatives confronted McCoy about the missing money. McCoy said she “stole the money,” using it to pay her bills. McCoy, who said she took the money “over… […]

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