Monday, January 22, 2018

‘The list goes on, but the stories are much the same’

"There's a reason teachers engaged in relationships with students usually go to great lengths to keep their trysts a secret," The Oklahoman editorializes today.
In 2015, Eric Reid Ramirez, then a 23-year-old substitute teacher and wrestling coach at Western Heights High School, had sex with an 18-year-old student. Ramirez was subsequently charged with second-degree rape and eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of outraging public decency. When the girl's mother, a former school district employee, later sued the district, she noted her child has disabilities. “My daughter, even as a 20-year-old, has the mind of a 13-year-old. She's highly gullible and easy tricked," the woman said. "This guy was a predator.” 
Vincent Chad Warford, a former teacher at Freedom Public Schools, was arrested in 2017 after allegedly requesting nude photographs from a 14-year-old he once coached. 
In 2017, former Luther Public Schools band director Kyle Whitmus was sentenced to 20 years in prison for lewd acts against a 12-year-old student.
"Any job providing access to children is going to attract a disproportionate number of pedophiles," The Oklahoman notes. "At the same time, virtually all teachers are honorable people and not child molesters."

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