Archives for : April 2015

Wyoming Valley West High School Sentenced to Prison, Teaching Certificate Revoked  4

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 3.17.01 PMSchool: Wyoming Valley West High School

County & State: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator : Lauren Harrington-Cooper

Age of Teacher: 32

Month/Year of Arrest: December 2013

Month/Year of Sentencing: September 2014

News Source: The Citizen’s Voice


Lauren Harrington-Cooper, 32, a former teacher at Wyoming Valley West High School, plead guilty in September 2014 to two felony counts of sexual contact with students and two counts of corrupting minors. She was immediately sentenced to nine to 23 months in prison. Harrington-Cooper was first arrested in December 2013 and charged with having sex with an 18-year-old student. The following month, she was charged with sending explicit text messages and performing oral sex with a 17-year-old student. Immediately after pleading guilty, she was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Her teaching certificate was revoked in April 2015.

Bullhead City Math Teacher Sentenced to Eight Months for Sexual Exploiting of Student  5

pagelSchool: Mohave High School

County & State: Mohave County, AZ

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Joseph Pagel

Age of Teacher:  33

Month/Year of Arrest:  March 2015

Month/Year of Sentencing: August 2015

News Source:


Joseph Pagel, a 33-year-old track and field coach and math teacher at Mohave High School, was arrested in March 2015 after a student told authorities that Pagel sent her nude photos and sexually explicit text messages, and allegedly invited students to his home to smoke marijuana. In July, Pagel pleaded guilty to luring a minor for sexual exploitation and transferring marijuana (part of a plea deal). In August 2015, Pagel was sentenced to eight months in jail and five years probation. News Source: