Teachers molesting Students: an Epidemic

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Teacher Marries Molested Student

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Michelle Yeh, 28, is the latest teacher arrested and accused of abusing a student.  This time it was in suburban Los Angeles, California she was arrested for sexually abusing a 15-year-old student that she met at San Pedro High School after accepting a temporary teaching position in February.   

LAPD detectives fear there are more victims,Yeh took several teaching assignments and tutor jobs in the area. 

Matt Wester, 37, a former 12th grade math teacher was arrested for molesting his former student Amy Cox, 18, who is now his wife.   Oneota, Alabama is where the inappropriate relationship occurred; state of Alabama law says spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other. 

Marrying his victim eliminated the star witness in the case against him, but the prosecutor says she will not back down on charges.  He met the little girl through his niece who is also a student at the school. 

According to family friends Amy’s father is disappointed and not supportive of Amy marrying her former teacher and avoiding testifying.  The couple married just 69 days after his marriage of 17 years with the mother of his 10-year-old daughter was final. 

Nationally, thousands of teachers have molested or have had inappropriate relations with students and despite the trend, nothing has been done to better document the problem.  Many sexual abuse cases are disposed with a proverbial slap on the wrist, through pre-trial intervention.

Based on a report sponsored by the American Association of University Women, surveyors asked students between 8th and 11th grades whether they had ever experienced inappropriate sexual conduct at school.  The results suggests that about 10 percent of students suffer some form of sexual abuse during their school careers. 

1 of 10 students reportedly had been a victim of lewd comments, exposure to pornography, peeping in the locker room and/or sexual touching and grabbing.   Nationally, evidence suggest 4.5 million students currently in grades K-12 have suffered some form of sexual abuse by an educator. 

These numbers are unofficial, however, it’s clear this is an epidemic.  There is no government agency that oversees or documents these horrid crimes against children.  

Anyone with more information on Yeh is being asked to call the LAPD's Harbor Area Detective Division Sex Crimes investigation unit at 310-726-7915 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 
 

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