While in school, have you ever had it bad for one of your teachers? It's okay if you did, it's a pretty common occurrence amongst adolescents. When the roles are reversed, however, you get an entirely different scenario that winds up on the evening news and in this taboo Archive of the top most 10 shocking teacher / student affairs.
Up until now, most of the parties involved in these salacious affairs came out on the other side physically unharmed. The tragic case of Erin McLean's affair with 18-year-old Sean Powell was not as clean cut, ending in a gunshot heard throughout Knoxville, Tennessee and a pool of blood. After learning details of Erin's alleged affair with a student from the high school she counseled at, Eric Powell was enraged. On March 10th, 2007, Eric returned home to find Powell at their residence with his wife, grabbed his shotgun, and shot the student dead. One would think this would end with a murder trial, but 5 months after the fatal shooting, allegations of a new affair between Erin and a student at Pioneer Christian Academy surfaced. Of course, to this day, the now-former teacher vehemently denies any additional teenager relationships beyond Powell.
Mary Kay Letourneau
It all started rather innocently, with Mary Kay befriending Vili Fualaau, a student she started teaching in her 2nd-grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington. The two were reunited in Mary Kay's 6th-grade class and it was then that their relationship became flirtatious. By the summer of 1996, the two were engaged in a sexual relationship. The teacher was arrested in March of 1997, but by that point, she was already pregnant with her first child with Fualaau. In 1998, after serving 6 months in jail, Mary Kay was caught with 14-year-old Fualaau and sent back to prison for 7 1/2 years. During her sentence, she birthed Fualaau's 2nd daughter. When she was released in 2004, the two got married and finally sealed the deal on their 9-year relationship.
Sometimes love really can conquer all, and in the case of Leah Shipman, her love for then 15-year-old Johnnie Ison beat even the court system. In 2009, the 42-year-old Brunswick County Academy teacher was arrested for alleged sexual relations with a 15-year-old student. Had the investigation succeeded and the charges against her proven, Leah would have spent up to 15 years in prison, but the odd couple threw a curveball when they got married in 2011. According to North Carolina law, a husband is not required to testify against his wife, meaning the prosecution's star witness was untouchable. As if the allegations of sexual assault of a minor weren't bad enough, at the time of their nuptials, Ison was still a minor, meaning his parents had to give written permissions for the marriage to be legal.
Wendie A. Schweikert
The small town in Laurens County, South Carolina wasn't a place known for its high profile criminal cases, so when rumors of a teacher / student affair started circulating, it took everybody - including the authorities - by surprise. What seemed to make the case even worse was the age of the student that 36-year-old Wendie Schweikert of E. B. Morse Elementary School was having relations with. The unidentified 11-year-old 5th grader wasn't entirely shy about giving up his teacher and told his mother about their encounters. A year prior to her arrest, Wendie had engaged the student on 3 separate occasions, one of them during a field trip to amusement and gaming park, Frankie's Fun Park.
At the start of the 2015 school year at Stovall Middle School in the Aldine Independent School District, 24-year-old Alexandria Vera was introduced to a 13-year-old boy that would forever change her life. The young student and Alexandria are said to have engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship throughout the school year, one that left the English teacher with an unexpected surprise. In January of 2016, Alexandria became pregnant, though she opted for an abortion after her relationship with the boy went public. Throughout the investigation, Alexandria claimed that the boy's family was "Accepting of their relationship" and the coming baby, leaving one to wonder who is the crazier party involved in this twisted tale of taboo love. For her misdeeds, Alexandria faces 25 years to life if found guilty.
Engaging in sexual acts with an underage individual is a road with one ending. For 27-year-old Pamela Turner, that depraved road led her to exactly where she deserved. After serving a reduced sentence of 6 months in prison for engaging in intercourse with a 13-year-old student, the former teacher was faced with a 6-year prison sentence when she was caught re-engaging the youngster with nude selfies. She spent only 3 years in jail after being released in 2012 and faced additional prison time in June of 2015 for smuggling cell phones into a state prison. Far from the picture of the perfect citizen, Turner's original crime was heinous, especially as the young boy altered his life and dumped his girlfriend to spend more time with the gym teacher.
Virginia Houston Hinckley
Sometimes all it takes is word of mouth to sink a person, and if not for two students talking a little too loudly about her brief affair with a 16-year-old student, Virginia Hinckley may have been able to walk away unscathed. However, the 26-year-old St. Augustine high School teacher turned herself in after hearing of a warrant for her arrest in late-2015. The self-described "bubbly" teacher was alleged to have had sexual relations with a student in the back seat of her vehicle. Though their relationship prior to the encounter was flirtatious, a week after their vehicular romp, communication between the two was said to have ceased and wasn't spoken about again until the investigation opened in October.
Sherry Jo Duncan
Tishomingo Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Duncan was in for a shocking surprise when, in September of 2016, his wife and alternative education high school teacher in the district, Sherry Jo Duncan, was arrested for alleged inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old student. Text messages sent between Sherry and the student were uncovered, revealing a slew of lascivious conversations between the two. After their relationship was uncovered, the student revealed to officers their sexual encounters and chronicled several scenarios in detail, one of which involved a drive home from a movie with Duncan's daughter asleep in the car.
Shelley Dufresne and Rachel Respess
This dynamic duo came crumbling down when the 16-year-old they were fornicating with likely got a little cocky and told his friends of the inappropriate relationship the three were sharing. According to the lawsuit filed against Dufresne, Respess, and the St. Charles Parish public school system, Dufresne allegedly had sexual encounters with the 16-year-old student more than 40 times within a 36-day time span. Respess came into the picture amidst the affair and, knowing full well the student's age, offered her apartment as the perfect setting for a 3-some between her, Dufresne, and the student. Both teachers have pleaded not guilty to charges brought against them in Jefferson Parish, where Respess' apartment is, but Dufresne did plead guilty to an earlier charge of felony obscenity in St. Charles Parish.
24-year-old Bethany Sherrill had a pretty sweet arrangement as a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Farmington, Missouri. As the daughter-in-law of the school-board president, who knows what hand-me-downs she could have received. The fool threw it all away, though, when she opted to engage in lewd acts with a student. Her inappropriate relationship was uncovered when the parent of another student stumbled across text messages from Sherrill that suggested inappropriate acts. While investigators were looking at this relationship, a 14-year-old student stepped forward, claiming the two had engaged in sexual acts. Sherrill resigned from her position and took a plea for first-degree sexual misconduct, forcing her to register as a sex offender and spend 90 days behind bars.