A report published by Fox News indicates that at least 181 K-12 educators in the U.S. have been arrested on child sex-related criminal charges in the first half of 2022. The arrests include four school principals and cover a wide range of offenses, including raping students and child pornography.
The analysis only took into account arrests that were reported by local media outlets, indicating the true number is almost certainly substantially higher.
The arrest total includes 153 teachers, 12 teacher’s aides, 12 substitute teachers, and the four principals.
Of the arrests, at least 77% involved student victims and 78% were of male suspects.
The report detailed some of the more egregious criminal allegations.
Former Williamsport (Pennsylvania) Area High School principal Roger Weaver Freed, 34, was arrested in June and charged with sexual conduct with a student. He was also charged with furnishing liquor to a minor, sexual assault, and aggravated indecent assault. The charges stem from an alleged sexual relationship with a male student spanning years.
Former New York City teacher at Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences High School Shannon Hall, 31, was arrested in June related to allegations that he grabbed a 14-year-old female student by her breast inside the school and also sent texts to a 16-year-old student asking her for sex. He allegedly threatened to kill her if she revealed his texts to anyone.
Former Indiana Career Academy South Bend teacher John Doty, 35, was arrested on two counts of rape and six counts of child seduction in February. He is accused of raping a 16-year-old female student multiple times and threatening to kill her if she revealed the crimes.
The Fox News report follows the release of a report last month from the U.S. Department of Education that analyzed state school district policies of allowing suspected sexual abusers to leave their jobs quietly to avoid publicity, only to have them possibly move on to victimize children elsewhere. The practice was described as “passing the trash.”
A provision of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires all states receiving federal education funding to pass laws prohibiting school districts from “passing the trash.”
The Education Department’s report indicated that state laws vary widely, however. While 46 states require fingerprinting of applicants, only 19 require schools to request employment records from current and former employers. Only 11 states require applicants to education positions to disclose any current or previous investigations or discipline related to sexual misconduct.
Manhattan Institute senior fellow Christopher Rufo said that a national study of the wave of sexual abuse of children in American schools is needed. He said that the political left is doing “everything in its power to suppress” awareness of the scandal.
He said that the left-wing media and teachers unions “pretend that the abuse isn’t happening and viciously attack families who raise concerns.”