Archives for : November 2015

Iowa Math Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years for Sexual Acts with Students  288

daughertySchool: Thomas Jefferson High School

County & State: Pottawattamie County, IA

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Jeffrey Daugherty

Age of Teacher: 29

Month/Year of Arrest: January 2015

Month/Year of Sentencing: November  2015

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Jeffrey Daugherty, 29, was arrested on January 8, 2015 on suspicion of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student at Thomas Jefferson High School, where Daugherty was a math teacher. He was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a counselor, therapist, or school employee. Court documents alleged that Daugherty had sexual contact with the student in a classroom and exchanged explicit messages via Twitter.  The incidents took place between October and December 2014. Once the initial charges were filed, a second student came forward and told investigators that she had sexual contact with Daugherty several times in April 2014, when she stayed after school to get help with math. Daugherty took a plea deal, and two of the 12 charges against him were dropped. Daugherty pleaded guilty to third degree sexual abuse, sexual exploitation by a school employee, sexual exploitation of a minor, and lascivious conduct with a minor.  The court heard statements from the mothers of both victims, both of whom asked Judge Jeff Larson to give Daugherty prison time. In November 2015, Daugherty was sentenced to 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for life. He will be eligible for parole in about 7 1/2 years.

Illinois Middle School Teacher Receives 50 Year Sentence for Molesting Students  26

VucicSchool: Gavin South Middle School

County & State: Lake County, IL

Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Michael Vucic 

Age of Teacher: 43

Month/Year of Arrest: August 2014 

Month/Year of Sentencing: November, 2015

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Michael Vucic, a 42-year-old Lake Forest resident who taught at Gavin Middle School in Ingleside, IL, for 18 years, was the subject of an international manhunt after charges were filed alleging he had inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 13 multiple times in 2012. A second victim came forward in January 2015, alleging she had sex with Vucic when she was a 15-year-old student at Gavin South Middle School (District 37). Prosecutors said they had video of sexual acts between Vucic and his two victims, including inside the classroom where he taught. In September, Vucic pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault. He faced a maximum of 82 years in prison. At sentencing, Lake County Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes took issue with Vucic’s statement to the court that he engaged in “consensual” sexual relationships with the girls, which started when one victim was younger than 13. Vucic was sentenced to 50 years in prison. 

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