Archives for : August 2015

Utah Teacher Sentenced to At Least Eight Years for Sexual Relationship with Student  7

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 10.23.26 AMSchool: Provo High School

County & State: Utah County, Utah

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Donald Nelson Bills

Age of Teacher: 55

Month/Year of Arrest: January 2014

Month/Year of Sentencing: August 2015

News Source: KSL.com

 

Donald Nelson Bills, a former teacher at Provo High School, was sentenced to at least eight years and up to life in prison for what a judge described as a “calculated” effort to groom and sexually abuse a teenage student. In July, Bills pleaded guilty to five felony charges including forcible sodomy, object rape, forcible sexual abuse, obstructing justice, and tampering with a witness. Bills gave a lengthy apology in court, asking for forgiveness from his victim, her family, his own wife and family, the judge and court staff, and prosecutors.

Indiana Math Teacher and Former ‘Teacher of the Year’ Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Sexual Relationship with Student  4

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 9.48.27 AMSchool: New Haven High School

County & State: Allen County, Indiana

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Troy Guenin

Age of Teacher: 32

Month/Year of Arrest: June 2015

Month/Year of Sentencing: August 2015

News Source: Wane.com

 

Troy Guenin, 32, a former New Haven High School math teacher, was sentenced to four years in prison this week after pleading guilty in July to felony child seduction and felony dissemination of matter harmful to minors. Following his sentencing, he will be placed on probation for three years. Police began investigating in early May after the parents of a 16-year-old student discovered a large number of text messages between their daughter and Troy Guenin. During an interview, Guenin admitted to the relationship and having numerous sexual encounters, as well as sending graphic photos via text. It was also learned that Guenin had been reprimanded in August 2014 for exchanging inappropriate text messages to and from the student. He had also been named Teacher of the Year at New Haven High School in 2014.

 

Idaho Falls Substitute Teacher Sentenced to Minimum Six Years for Lewd Conduct  10

landonSchool: Idaho Falls School District 91

County & State: Bonneville County, Idaho

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Paul E. “Rick” Landon

Age of Teacher: 66

Month/Year of Arrest: February 2015

Month/Year of Sentencing: August 2015

News Source: Idaho State Journal

 

Paul E. “Rick” Landon, a former substitute teacher for Idaho Falls School District, was arrested in February 2015 and subsequently pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual abuse by soliciting a minor to participate in a sexual act and one felony count of lewd conduct with a child. At the time of his arrest, he faced four counts of sexual abuse and three counts of lewd conduct, but ended up pleading guilty to only three counts as part of a plea agreement.  He will serve a minimum of six years in prison and a maximum of 25. According to the Idaho State Journal, two victims were involved in the alleged incidents. Idaho Falls School District officials said Landon passed a rigorous pre-hiring screening, including fingerprinting and background checks.

No Jail Time for Two Clovis High School Employees Who Had Sex with Same Student  5

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 1.38.53 PMSchool: Clovis High School

County & State: Fresno County, CA

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Dwayne Andrews and Matt Pena

Age of Teacher: 33 (Pena), 30 (Andrews)

Month/Year of Arrest: January 2015

Month/Year of Sentencing: August 2015

News Source: Fresno Bee

 

Two former Clovis High School employees who were both accused of having sex with the same underage student will not have to serve time in jail or register as a sex offender, ABC 30 Action News reported. Dwayne Andrews, a former Clovis High School assistant football coach, and Matt Pena, a former assistant baseball coach and photography teacher, both admitted to having sex with the same underage student. Pena was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device for 115 days, and Andrews was ordered to spend 90 days in an adult offender work program. The victim had sex with Andrews from May 2014 to August 2014, and with Pena between October and December 2014. In announcing the punishment, Superior Court Judge Jonathan Skiles wanted to make it “crystal clear” the victim, who turned 18 in December 2014, did nothing wrong.

Austin Teacher Who Molested Students Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison  2

alfredoSchool: Walnut Creek Elementary School

County & State: Travis County, Texas

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator:

Age of Teacher: 34

Month/Year of Arrest: June 2014

Month/Year of Sentencing: August 2015

News Source: Time Warner Cable News

 

Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan, 34, was sentenced August 4th to 25 years in prison for molesting several of his students while in classrooms. The first reported incident involved a summer kindergarten protam at Reilly Elementary School. Andrade-Gayton reportedly assaulted a 6-year-old girl in a classroom while the other students were at recess. Andrade-Gaytan initially denied the incident but later confessed to “making a mistake.” Police found two more victims during the course of their investigation.

 

In one case, which occurred between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, 2013, Andrade-Gaytan called a 5-year-old girl up to his desk while class was in session, pulled down her pants and underwear and began touching her. The girl told investigators she was behind his desk and an easel so other students in the classroom were not able to see what Andrade-Gayton was doing.

 

Andrade-Gayton was transferred to teach third grade at the school soon after. In another instance, which took place between Jan. 5 and June 5, 2014, an 8-year-old girl said Andrade-Gaytan “‘grabbed’ more than once” and inappropriately touched her behind his desk.

 

Andrade-Gaytan pleaded guilty to indecency with a child by exposure, indecency with a child by contact and continuous sexual abuse of a young child, according to records filed this month in Travis County court. District Judge Brenda Kennedy sentenced him Aug. 4 to 10 years, 20 years and 25 years on each of the charges, respectively. He will serve his sentence concurrently.

Ohio Teacher Sentenced in Snapchat Case  1

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 3.01.03 PMSchool: Newark High School

County & State: Licking County, Ohio

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Jacob M. Burns

Age of Teacher: 26

Month/Year of Arrest: March 2015

Month/Year of Sentencing: August 2015

News Source: Dispatch.com

 

Jacob M. Burns, 26, a teacher at Newark High School, was indicted by a Licking County grand jury on felony counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials and disseminating materials harmful to a juvenile. According to a police report, the administrator of Burns’ school contacted police after an internal investigation determined Burns had been texting and messaging via the social networking app “snapchat” with a student multiple times a day and sometimes in the middle of the night. The student/victim had deleted the texts and disguised Burns’ name in her cell phone. Burns was suspended from his teaching job on March 3rd and resigned on March 26th. On August 11th, he pleaded guilty to exchanging nude images with an underage female student. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail, three years of community control, and a fine of $500 for the fifth-degree felony. Burns will not be required to register as a sexual offender.