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Bad Teachers and School Staff in America
Bad actors, physicians and police officers receive plenty of regional and national media coverage in the United States. But, news reports about bad or criminal teachers and school staff rarely reach beyond the immediate city or state that's involved. Yet, bad teachers can do great damage to future generations of Americans.
Jonathan Ullrich of Fairview, Tennessee
DATE OF ARREST: December 13, 2021
PLACE OF OFFENSE: Fairview Elementary School, Fairview, TN for offenses committed in the Maury County public schools.
SUMMARY: A 50-year old elementary teacher and former principal is accused of multiple sexual relations with two minor children, in a different county school district. You will note that he was selected as his district's 'Teacher of the Year' for 2020!
WEBSITE: Williamson Herald
" A Fairview Elementary School teacher was arrested Monday in Columbia and charged with nine counts of aggravated sexual battery, especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a child, eight counts of rape, incest and eight counts of rape of a child.
Two victims who are minors were reported by District Attorney General Brent Cooper. Neither are students at Fairview Elementary. ...
'The charges filed against Mr. Ullrich in Maury County are horrific. The district has no indication that any of the charges out of Maury County are related to his work in WCS,' Williamson County Schools said. 'However, families who may have information to share with local law enforcement are encouraged to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.'
Despite a record of sexual harassment allegations going back to 2014, however, Ullrich was dubbed his school’s Teacher of the Year in 2020 at Williamson County School’s yearly employee recognition celebration. ..."
Jody Whitehead of Fayetteville, Arkansas
DATE OF ARREST: December 1, 2021
PLACE OF OFFENSE: Farmington High School, Farmington, AR.
SUMMARY: 43-year old school counselor was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, while walking through her high school's hallways.
WEBSITE: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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"A Farmington High School counselor was arrested on campus Wednesday in connection with public intoxication, according to a preliminary report from the Farmington Police Department.
Jody Whitehead, 43, of Fayetteville, was arrested just after 11 a.m. and booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 11:35 a.m., according to the detention center website. She was released at 8 p.m. the same day.
She is scheduled to appear in Farmington District Court on the misdemeanor charge Jan. 19.
In the report, school resource officer Dylan Crutch-field said he was at the high school about 10:30 a.m. when the school principal, Jon Purifoy, said the counselor appeared to be impaired. Purifoy said the counselor, identified as Whitehead, would “stumble and sway while walking,” had to learn against a wall to keep her balance while speaking and seemed disoriented.
The report said a teacher in the building also said Whitehead was not acting normal.
According to the report, Whitehead met with Crutch-field and Jimmy Brotherton, another school resource officer. The report said that Whitehead’s eyes appeared “glossy and bloodshot.”
During the meeting, the report said, Whitehead was slow to answer, agitated, demanding and noncooperative. She said she took prescribed medicine, which she said caused her to have dizziness and to be disoriented, the report said. Whitehead refused to take a field sobriety test.
Todd Roatsey of Elkview, West Virginia
DATE OF ARREST: Original arrest on November 12, 2021; complete indictment filed on December 14, 2021.
PLACE OF OFFENSE: Pinch Elementary School, Elkview, WV.
SUMMARY: 42-year old school counselor Todd Roatsey threw away his education career by allegedly photographing two minor school girls in sexually-explicit poses. He was voted West Virginia's 'Elementary School Counselor of the Year' in 2016!
"A former Kanawha County school counselor now faces nine counts of child pornography charges after a federal grand jury handed up a superseding indictment this week.
Todd Roatsey (WVRJA)
Todd Roatsey, 42, who used to be a counselor at Pinch Elementary School, was indicted Tuesday.
Four of the nine counts allege he enticed two underaged girls “to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.” It’s alleged he put the depictions on the internet.
Federal prosecutors allege the activity occurred in January and February of 2020.
The other five criminal counts say Roatsey knowingly received, possessed and distributed child pornography.
Roatsey was first arrested in early November. He was suspended by Kanawha County Schools. He resigned on Nov. 15.
He was previously named West Virginia’s Elementary School Counselor of the Year and visited the White House in 2016."
Johnna Rhone of St, Claire Shores, Michigan
DATE OF ARREST: December 17, 2021
PLACE OF OFFENSE: Jefferson Middle School, St. Claire Shores, MI.
SUMMARY: A 59-year old art teacher plants 3 notes around her middle school, threatening to set off bombs. (Well, at least this isn't about sex with minors!)
WEBSITE: The Detroit News
"An art teacher in suburban Detroit has been arrested for allegedly distributing disturbing notes at her middle school warning that it would be bombed by a terrorist.
Johnna Rhone, 59, was accused of slipping the notes into three rooms Friday at Jefferson Middle School in St. Clair Shores – one of which read: 'Start break early. He’s gonna do it. Just don’t be in the hall after lunch. Boom. Get it?' the Detroit News reported.
The handwritten missives were discovered in a classroom, the library and the school’s media center, Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido told reporters Monday. School officials alerted police about the chilling notes.
Rhone, a 21-year art teacher, was arrested after police reviewed surveillance camera footage at the school, Lucido said.
Rhone was arraigned via Zoom on Monday in 40th District Court before Judge Joseph Oster. She faces one count of false report or threat of terrorism, a felony. ..."
Ayanna Davis of Lakeland, Florida
DATE OF ARREST: December 10, 2021
PLACE OF OFFENSE: Lakeland High School, Lakeland, FL.
SUMMARY: A 20-year old substitute teacher (with only a high school diploma!) is accused of engaging in sexual activities with a 16-year old student.
WEBSITE: New York Post, December 13, 2021
"A Florida substitute teacher was busted for having sex with a teenage student who allegedly shared one of their trysts in a Snapchat video, law enforcement officials said.
Ayanna Davis, 20, a substitute English teacher at Lakeland High School, was arrested on Friday after she admitted to having unprotected sex with the student four times — twice at her house and twice at the victim’s house, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Davis’ admission matched with statements made by the victim, whose exact age wasn’t disclosed but was listed in the release as 16 years old or younger.
Authorities launched a probe of the teacher on Dec. 3, after a student informed the school’s resource officer that a Snapchat video was circulating that showed Davis having sex with a student. The video was reportedly shown to a large group of the school’s football team. ..."
Giovanni Reumante of Takoma Park, Maryland
DATE OF ARREST: December 28, 2021
PLACE OF OFFENSE: Northwood High School, Silver Spring, MD.
SUMMARY: 31-year old track and field coach and 'security assistant' (!) Giovanni Reumante is accused of having sexual relations with a minor student in 2019 - 2020. The student later graduated from the high school
WEBSITE: WJLA-TV 7 News
"Giovanni Di Angelo Reumante, a Montgomery County high school track and field coach was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a child.
Reumante, 31, of Takoma Park was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles Airport after arriving on a flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Reumante, an employee and track and field coach at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, was wanted by Montgomery County Police on a nationwide extradition warrant filed on Tuesday.
In a letter Thursday, Northwood Principal Jonathan Garrick said Reumante allegedly had sexual intercourse with a minor student who later graduated from the school.
Ruemante has been been placed on administrative leave by the school district."
Katherine Pelfrey of Clemson, South Carolina
DATE OF ARREST: December 31, 2021
PLACE OF OFFENSE: School District of Pickens County, SC.
SUMMARY: A 34-year old woman teacher is accused of having sex with a 16-year old student. (Another career-ending sexual adventure with a minor child.)
WEBSITE: WYFF4 - TV, Greenville, SC.
"An Upstate teacher was arrested after she admitted to having sex with a student, according to Chad Brooks from the Pickens's County Sheriff's Office.
Katherine Folger Pelfrey, 34, admitted to having sex with a student at her home in Clemson in late December, Brooks said.
Pelfrey was a teacher with the School District of Pickens County, according to Brooks.
Brooks said the investigation began on Dec. 31 when someone who had recently learned of the relationship notified the Pickens County Sheriff's Office.
Pelfrey is no longer employed by the School District of Pickens County effective Dec.31 according to Darian Byrd from the School District of Pickens County
Pelfrey is being charged with sexual battery with a student 16-17 years of age and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Brooks. ..."