Teacher Arrested for Child Sex Crimes
Most teachers are wonderful individuals who have dedicated their lives to educating and supporting our children and instilling a long-term love of learning. Unfortunately, some teachers abuse their position and cause children to suffer long-term harm by engaging in sex crimes and other inappropriate conduct.
A South Carolina teacher is facing charges of child sex crimes after he was found with child sex abuse material. The 50-year-old man from Taylors was arrested on November 22. He was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
The arrest was made after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators in cooperation with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. The agencies received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
It was determined that the teacher possessed and distributed files of child sexual abuse material. He was charged with one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of felony third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Each of these counts is punishable by 10 years in prison.
The school district confirmed that the man was a middle school teacher at a local school and that he has been placed on administrative leave. As in all criminal proceedings, the man is presumed innocent under the law until proven guilty.
Teachers and Child Sex Crimes
Knowing that a teacher has engaged in a sex crime against a child can be a shocking revelation but, sadly, the truth is that it happens regularly. In 2022, 349 educators in kindergarten through 12th grade were arrested for child sex crimes. These are only the publicized arrests and it is possible that many incidents of child sex abuse have gone unreported.
The charges range from child porn to rape. At least 75% of the arrests involved crimes against students. Sixteen percent of the arrests did not involve students, and it is unknown whether 33 arrests involved alleged crimes against students.
Those arrested include teachers, substitute teachers, teachers’ aides, principals, and assistant principals. Men made up the vast majority of those arrested. Many of those arrested implicate multiple victims.
These statistics are hard to accept, but sexual predators have always found a way to embed themselves in environments where children are prevalent, and schools are no exception. Smartphones and encrypted apps have increased these criminals’ access to vulnerable young children and adolescents through messaging and social media sites.
Sexual predators may often be in a supervisory position, such as serving as a principal, coach, or team leader, so they have easy access to victims.
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Children and their parents trust their teachers, so when these educators are accused of despicable behavior such as sexual exploitation, it can cause both physical and emotional trauma.
If you or a family member have been abused by a trusted adult, contact, the Columbia sexual abuse & trauma lawyers at Simmons Law Firm to help you understand your rights. We represent victims of sexual abuse and trauma across a wide range of situations with compassion and respect. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (803) 779-4600.