Nationwide: One of the last places Americans should feel threatened by sexual misconduct crimes against our children is our own school system.
But in the first half of 2022, from January 1st to June 30th, 181 educators have been charged with child sex crimes ranging from possessing child pornography to improper touching, to rape, and everything in between.
That’s an average of about an arrest per day.
Among the 181 were 4 principals, 153 teachers, 12 substitutes and 12 teacher’s aides.
School should always be a safe-haven- but it is not.
According to Fox News Digital:
“An analysis conducted by Fox News Digital looked at local news stories week by week featuring arrests of principals, teachers, substitute teachers and teachers’ aides on child sex-related crimes in school districts across the country. Arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher.”
Many of the arrests over the first half of the year involved disturbing, heinous crimes against children.
Fox News Digital has highlighted a few of these cases such as:
- Roger Weaver Freed, the 34-year-old former principal at Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania, was arrested in June and charged with sexual contact with a student, corruption of a minor, furnishing liquor to a minor, sexual assault, and aggravated indecent assault without consent.
- Shannon Hall, a 31-year-old former teacher at Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences High School in New York City, was arrested in June and charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment. Hall is accused of grabbing a 14-year-old female student’s breast inside his classroom and of sending texts to a 16-year-old student that said he wanted to have sex with her and threatening to kill her if she told anyone.
- Anessa Paige Gower, a 35-year-old former biology teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, California, was charged with 29 counts of child molestation on April 8. Gower is accused of sexually abusing seven students between 2021-2022 when she was a teacher at Making Waves, with allegations including forcible sodomy of minors and sharing sexually graphic photos over online platforms.
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Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania proposed ESEA, a bipartisan provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which requires all schools receiving federal funding to enact and enforce laws preventing the practice of “passing the trash.”
The term “passing the trash” in this context refers to an education district allowing a school system employee suspected of sexual misconduct involving minors to quietly leave that school district. However, no accountability is taken as to their next place of employment- often another school.
Rep. Toomey said in a June statement:
“While I appreciate that the Department of Education has finally fulfilled its obligation to investigate whether states have implemented policies, laws, or regulations to stop the heinous practice of ‘passing the trash,’ I am deeply concerned with these findings.”
Rep Toomey continued:
“Any educator who engaged in sexual misconduct with a child should be barred from ever teaching in a classroom again, yet too many states do not have policies to ensure that is the case. Releasing this report is only the first step—the department must hold states accountable and use the tools at its disposal to enforce the law.”
But that’s not happening.
Some states closely monitor and enforce these laws while many have lax, if any, enforcement at all.
Fox News Digital stated:
“The Education Department’s report, however, found that laws against the practice are varied across the states, and that while all states require prospective employers to conduct criminal background checks on educators, and most states – 46 – require fingerprinting, only 19 states require employers to request information from an applicants’ current and former employers.”
Fox News Digital continued:
“Moreover, only 14 states require employers to check an applicant’s eligibility for employment or certification, and 11 require applicants to disclose information regarding investigations or disciplinary actions related to sexual abuse or misconduct.”
Disciplinary actions related to sexual abuse should be among the first questions hiring school districts should ask.
Worse yet, many left-wing media outlets are trying to suppress these heinous crimes committed by those who we pass our deepest trust and faith in- teachers.
Instead, the left-wing media’s focus when it comes to schools involve guns and the second amendment. They need to uncover their eyes and focus on what’s important- cleaning up our school system and holding districts responsible for “passing the trash”.
In yet another example of sex crimes from an educator.
Former high school and elementary school teacher arrested on allegations of sex crimes with young students
Posted on: June 23, 2022
The alleged predator, identified as 35-year-old Aaron Dunton, was taken into custody on Thursday, June 16th, by Gilbert police after a former student made allegations against Dunton when he taught at Power Ranch Elementary School.
Authorities stated that the student was just 11-years-old at the time that Dunton allegedly committed sex crime against the minor in 2019.
The former teacher is facing four counts of aggravated assault, one count of witness tampering, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. After being arrested, he was booked into the Maricopa County Jail.
According to his records, Dunton started working at Higley High School in July 2021 after he taught at Power Ranch Elementary School for the five previous school years.
Dunton was also a volunteer softball coach and assistant football coach. The Higley Unified School District (HUSD) released a statement that said, in part:
“We are extremely disappointed and troubled by this news. Please know that we take all allegations of employees misconduct very seriously and providing a safe learning environment is always a top priority for our district.”
Dunton was arrested on allegations involving an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student at Higley High School. He resigned from his position at Higley High School in April when the investigation first launched.
It was during that investigation that authorities uncovered the alleged inappropriate relationship with an 11-year-old student at Power Ranch Elementary
During a board meeting on Wednesday, June 22nd, district leaders announced plans to hire a lawyer to open an investigation surrounding what the district new about Dunton’s alleged sex crimes. HUSD Board President Amy Kaylor said in a statement:
“The HUSD Governing Board, Dr. Foley, and the district administration remain extremely concerned about the allegations.”
This announcement to start an independent investigation comes after teachers said they did report Dunton’s alleged actions to school administrators at both Higley and Power Ranch nearly two dozen times, but no action was every taken. Kaylor added:
“We are very concerned about these accusations regarding this former employee. The district has hired an outside attorney to investigate and help our district in all of these matters.”
The district stated that it will be looking into when allegations were made, what school leaders were made aware of, and what actions were taken.
According to reports, before his employment with HUSD, he worked for six years at the University of Phoenix as an enrollment adviser and as a part-time coach at Kyrene School District from February 2011 – May 2015.
Dunton is married and has a young daughter. Some have criticized HUSD for only alerting Higley High School parents about him. One man said:
“I feel it should have been sent to all of Higley School District as the person being investigated also taught at Power Ranch Elementary. Why not make sure there isn’t more to know and offer counseling to anyone effected?”
The man added:
“The way the letter reads they make it sound like the teacher was a former teacher having a relationship with a student when the fact is he was teaching and coaching up until last week. This is important information for the community to know.”
Apparently, Dunton’s behavior was known among students at Higley High. One 16-year-old student said:
“I had him last year as a teacher and he was really weird. Everyone said he stared at girls. There has been so many girls reporting him to administration … they didn’t have proof, just hearsay.”
Gilbert police are encouraging any additional victims or witnesses to contact the department at 480-503-6500.
This teacher is on another terrible level altogether, what a shame.
Florida elementary school teacher arrested for soliciting sex from two-year-old, traveling to meet toddler
Posted by: April 2, 2021
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – A 28-year-old elementary school teacher has been arrested for soliciting a two-year-old for sex and traveling to meet the toddler, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators learned that the suspect also advertised his babysitting services on the popular website Care.com, and said there may be more victims.
Xavier Donte Alexander was arrested Thursday and appeared in court this morning. He has been ordered held on $1 million bond. The next court action is scheduled for May 27, according to the Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts records.
Alexander has been a fourth-grade teacher at the school for about six months, according to his LinkedIn account. The same account says that Alexander has worked for the school since 2012.
Alexander is charged with two felony counts of obscene communication, one for using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child; and a second for traveling to meet after use of a computer to lure a child.
Detectives with the sheriff’s department’s Special Victims Unit believe there could be additional victims in the case.
Sheriff’s Department Detective Malory Wildove is asking anyone with information about other victims to call 561-688-4079 or email her at [email protected] People with information can also contact Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477.
The Palm Beach County School District released a statement saying it is working with detectives:
“The District is shocked and appalled by the nature of the crimes for which Alexander was arrested.
While the crimes that Alexander is accused of committing did not occur on school property, and did not involve District students, Grove Park administrators reached out to parents of students in Alexander’s class immediately after learning of his arrest.
The District is also offering families support services.
“He will not be returning to the School District as a teacher, or in any other capacity, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.”
The school district also said that Alexander will face a professional standards investigation, and that he will not be permitted to return to the district as a teacher or “in any other capacity,” pending the outcome of the case.
The sheriff’s department and the court clerk did not immediately release further details. The department normally waits for the county court clerk to post the arresting deputy’s report online, which happens after the defendant’s initial court appearance.
Alexander is being represented by the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office, which has not commented on the case.
Through investigation, detectives determined that in addition to being an elementary school teacher, Alexander is a listed babysitter on Care.com and other nanny websites.
On Care.com, Alexander wrote that he has been working with children for over ten years in schools, children’s ministries, and kid’s clubs.
He said he was open to taking care of up to three children at a time, ranging from seven months to seven years old. He indicated he would also watch older children.
Florida Department of Education records show that Alexander has no disciplinary actions on his teaching license prior to his arrest. A check of Alexander’s prior record in Palm Beach County shows three previous traffic citations and no criminal arrests.
Soft-on-crime progressives absolutely fuming as former San Fran DA staffers get fired
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Last month saw the ousting of progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin through a recall election. His replacement is cleaning house and liberals are not happy.
Mayor London Breed named Brooke Jenkins to succeed the son of convicted terrorists.
The San Francisco Gate is reporting that since taking over, Jenkins has removed 15 people from their roles in the DA’s office. The move came on Friday, at the end of her first week.
The fact that she only fired 15 led the Washington Examiner to pose a question.
Why didn’t Jenkins “fire every single one of them, fumigate the building, and start over?”
I am thrilled to announce new members of my management team of experienced prosecutors that will help our office deliver on my promise to improve public safety, hold offenders accountable, advocate for victims, and enact smart criminal justice reforms. https://t.co/QgSgFtzSWW
— Brooke Jenkins 謝安宜 (@BrookeJenkinsSF) July 15, 2022
There is no doubt that the woman leading the effort in San Francisco means business.
“Today, I made difficult, but important changes to my management team and staff that will help advance my vision to restore a sense of safety in San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms,” Jenkins said in a statement.
The Gate’s piece focused on the audacity of Jenkins firing Boudin holdovers, rather than the fact that the new DA wanting to actually do something about crime in the city.
They spoke to numerous individuals that were critical of the firings and the direction that she seems to be moving the office and its approach.
The Examiner said:
“…it’s one thing to get their reactions, but just think about this for one second: A majority of San Francisco voters just voted down these people’s idiotic vision of criminal justice reform, the kind that’s soft on violent and career criminals — yet a reporter at SFGate cannot find one single person to quote who will say something positive about the firings.”
They aren’t wrong in their take on the Gate’s approach.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the people that were terminated.
Arcelia Hurtado was the first to go. She was the office’s representative within the Innocence Commission. Their existence was to investigate potential “wrongful” convictions.
The Gate’s Eric Ting spoke with someone about the removal of Hurtado.
“The decision by Brooke Jenkins to fire Arcelia Hurtado is deeply concerning, especially given the promise she made just yesterday to allow the Innocence Commission to continue to function,” said University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, the chair of the commission.
“Arcelia was critical to the commission’s function. It is also concerning because Arcelia was the head of the DA’s post-conviction review unit, which, among other things, is currently considering the petition by Mayor London Breed’s brother Napoleon Brown to be granted leniency and released from prison following his conviction for carjacking and manslaughter.
I can see no legitimate reason for firing an attorney as rigorous, competent and ethical as Arcelia.”
For the record, Breed was fined $23,000 for ethics violations. One of those violations involved asking California’s governor to release her brother from prison.
Apparently, the fine wasn’t enough to dissuade Breed from finding a way to get her brother out of prison after he was convicted and sentenced to 44 years.
Jenkins has asked the state’s Attorney General to oversee the hearing for Brown in August, removing her office from the process.
According to the article, other members of the office who are seeking new jobs include:
- Kate Chatfield, Boudin’s chief of staff;
- Tal Klement, assistant chief of general crimes;
- Rachel Marshall, Boudin’s communications director and policy advisor;
- Mikaela Rabinowitz, director of data, analytics and research; and
- Lateef Gray, managing attorney of the independent investigation’s bureau, the department that oversees investigations into police officers.
Chatfield took to Twitter to discuss the releases.
The resentencing/innocence commission unit: gone. Police accountability: gone. Data and transparency: gone. Political corruption investigation: gone. Champion for victims and children: demoted. https://t.co/PW7vWhKgnQ
— Kate Chatfield (@ChatfieldKate) July 15, 2022
Pointing to all of the convicts that were released during Boudin’s “reign of lawlessness,” and a reduction of crime that was actually an increase in numerous categories, she highlighted all the “good” done during the previous DA’s tenure.
Cat Brooks, co-founder of the progressive Anti Police-Terror Project, had this to say about Jenkins.
“San Francisco has taken 10 giant steps backwards,” she said. “Jenkins was dangled in front of us because she’s a Black woman, which was supposed to make us feel better, but the firings are terrifying.
I hope this raises the ire of the left, and makes us realize we must fight or we will lose. We always say a shift to the right can’t happen in California, but it is happening right here in San Francisco.”
We spoke to a member of the law enforcement community in the San Francisco area, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He provided his translation of Brooks’ statement.
“This is California, and we don’t want criminals punished. The right is all about being tough on crime, and we are diametrically opposed to such tomfoolery.
The only reason that Jenkins is in this role is because she is a black woman, but she is obviously ill-equipped to maintain the failed policies of her predecessor.”
Given the recent recall it would appear Brooks, Chatfield and the others may not understand how to read the room.
NSSF: The voters have spoken, and they’ve decided they’re done with these far-left pro-criminal District Attorneys.
Elections have consequences and San Francisco voters got exactly what they wanted. Twice.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was booted from office in a recall election that had everything to do with soft-on-crime policies, including a refusal to lock up criminals committing their crimes with firearms while at the same time denying law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment rights.
Blue state governors, attorneys general, mayors and district attorneys with the same policies of sneering at law-abiding gun owners while letting criminals walk might want to take note.
San Francisco is a city with strict gun control within a state that has among the nation’s strictest gun control laws. On top of that, the city cut $120 million from its law enforcement budget after caving to the “defund the police” movement.
San Francisco residents had already elected Chesa Boudin as District Attorney with a hair over 50 percent of the vote. Boudin was well-known as a “criminal justice reformer” who would bring a soft-on-crime approach to the office.
His father was a member of the Left-wing extremist group Weather Underground who spent 40 years in prison for second-degree murder. His mother was also a member and spent 20 years in prison.
The younger Boudin was raised by Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers and all of this was public. San Franciscans wanted it. That was until they didn’t.
Residents saw immediate change with Boudin’s radical justice vision. While his diehard supporters praised his elimination of cash bail for criminals and putting fewer people behind bars, the murder rate went up, as did violent crime, shoplifting and burglary.
Viral videos of San Francisco criminals running rampant became commonplace.
The situation was so bad early in Boudin’s tenure, the San Francisco police told people they were out of luck if certain crimes were committed. They announced, publicly, that they wouldn’t respond to certain calls for help. Voters had enough. Boudin was just given the pink slip after more than 60 percent of voters bounced him out.
In early 2020, California residents were becoming alarmed by the coronavirus shutdowns and crime spikes. Those spurred people who previously supported gun control to buy firearms.
Scott Kane explained California’s obstacles for lawful gun ownership, saying, “This has taken me, a law-abiding citizen with nary an unpaid parking ticket to my name, over a month. Meanwhile, Joe Bad Guy has probably purchased several fully automatic AK-47s out of the back of an El Camino in a shady part of town with zero background checks.”
Boudin’s soft-on-crime policies drove more Californians, like that of other district attorneys including Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, to take up lawful gun ownership and protection of their families, businesses and homes, into their own hands.
Even with all the hoops and strict gun control laws, nearly 4 million law-abiding Californians have purchased a firearm since 2020.
“My gun store has had a run like I’ve never seen before. It was just an avalanche of new gun buyers for the first time.,” said Todd Cotta, owner of Kings Gun Center. Geneva Solomon, owner of Redstone Firearms also in California, added buyers weren’t just buying firearms and leaving. They were signing up for training and practice.
“We’ve definitely seen an uptick in the class options we offer. Before they would never sell out. Now they sell out two days after we post them.”
The rejection of Boudin by San Francisco voters, one of the most progressive cities in the country, is telling. Voters want safety in their cities. That includes their fundamental right to lawfully own firearms for self-defense.
Support for more gun control remains low. Americans recognize not enough is being done to control crime. Support for enforcing current laws is high and voter support for a ban on Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), is at an all-time low.
What’s clearly apparent is voters, even those in San Francisco, reject the soft-on-crime policies and approach of progressive prosecutors like Boudin. When it comes down to it – they’ll send them packing.
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