Madeleine Ruth Schmaltz
Madeleine Ruth Schmaltz, a 30-year-old teacher in Duluth, Minnesota avoided jail time after engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old boy who had been her student several years earlier. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2020, but only received three years of supervised probation. She had previously resigned from the school board when the police discovered her crime. Get the full story here.
Dorothy Bancroft Veracka
She may look sweet and innocent, but she’s far from it. High school teacher Dorothy Veracka was arraigned earlier this year on charges relating to obscenity and child pornography after being caught exchanging nude photos with a 15-year-old student. Their correspondence allegedly lasted for months, from last September to March 2019.
While it can sometimes be hard to get kids to stop acting silly, this school librarian went too far when she found a child hiding in a bookshelf. Video shows Smith jerking the toddler out of the bookshelf before giving her a kick to the back. Later, the child’s parents found red marks on her arm from the encounter. Since then Smith has been fired from her position, while the girl’s parents plan to pursue a civil suit against the librarian.
Thirty-eight-year-old football coach Nicholas Federico was arrested in October following persistent rumors of misconduct. An Instagram video featuring sexual acts between himself and a student was discovered by police, who promptly arrested Federico. He was also found to have sent explicit videos to students via Snapchat and carried out a relationship with the student from the Instagram video. He was charged with sex abuse, misconduct and online corruption of a child.
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