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A female schoolteacher in the small Western New York town of Canandaigua has been accused of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student, among other misdeeds.
Marla Gurecki-Haskins, a striking brunette that makes it easy to see how young boys would be taken with her, allegedly performed oral sex on the student in a classroom. She's also accused of encouraging two 16-year-old boys -- via cell phone, text, and email -- to engage in sexual conduct, says the Times Union.
She's pleaded not guilty to a felony count of disseminating indecent material to a minor and three misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child, according to CBS. As if that's not enough, even more charges may be filed.
If convicted, she'll join the ranks of perhaps the most famous female teacher sex case, Mary Kay Letourneau, excuse me, now Mary Kay Fualaau, the last name of the 13-year-old boy, Vili, she had sex with while working as a schoolteacher in Washington State. She was 35, and a married mother of four at the time. She divorced, did her time, and she and Vili now have two children together; she waitresses in a bar where her husband DJs.
My son is only 7, but this story strikes a chord. The possibility that one of his teachers -- female especially -- might pull something like this on him one day is just beyond me. For some reason it's always the men that we fear. Predators still are disproportionately male. But stories like this force us to consider the risks and monitor all the signs.
There are numerous cases of female teachers raping or assaulting schoolchildren. The Letourneau case may have garnered the most publicity because of the ages and ludicrousness of the details, but here are some other notable cases, according to World Net Daily:
- Stephanie Ann Stein, 31 -- Former private school English teacher and mother of two young kids in Canton, Michigan, was arrested in 2007 for having sex with a 15-year-old boy, with whom she claimed to have a relationship.
- Rita Brum, 24 -- The East San Jose, California, teacher was charged with having sex with a 17-year-old female student, after the girl's mother discovered a love letter written to her daughter by the first-year teacher and assistant soccer coach.
- Sharon Rutherford, 31 -- A ninth grade English teacher at an Alabama high school was sentenced in 2007 for having sex with two boys under 16, even asking one of them to kill her husband.
- Mary Jo Spack, 45 -- The English teacher from Tampa, Florida, was arrested after meeting two male students at a liquor store, taking them to a motel, and having sex with one of them in the shower as four other students overheard in the next room.