Louisiana High school teacher Derrick Nesby, 37, was already in hot water for having sex with a 16-year-old student. Today, his bond was raised after it was found that Nesby “intentionally” exposed the teen “to the AIDS virus,” as reported at HoumaToday.
Nesby, a H.L. Bourgeois High School teacher and boys track coach, is still featured on the school’s website.
Teachers preying on children is shockingly common, as reported at Liberty Unyielding. However, this epidemic rarely receives the coverage it deserves in the national media. When stories of pedophile teachers are reported nationally, they generally involve an attractive young female teacher, such as in the high profile cases of Mary Kay Letourneau and Debra Lafave, despite the fact that “in nearly nine out of 10 cases,” the perpetrators are male.
In many of the cases, such as that of Derrick Nesby, the victims are young boys.
Just last week, for example, it was reported that teacher Robert Craig Varnell was sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually abusing a male student for four years starting when the boy was 13-years-old. Yesterday, it was reported that high school teacher Joseph Scherma has been charged with raping two male juvenile relatives. Also yesterday, it was reported that Special Education teacher Patrik Ian Arsenault was “charged with sexually exploiting two boys” ages 6 and 7.
An Associated Press report from 2007 “found more than 2,500 cases over five years in which educators were punished for actions from bizarre to sadistic.” But the report scratches the surface, as “most of the abuse never gets reported.”
The school administrators oftentimes directly assist in covering up the abuse.
Just last week in Georgia, for example, a grand jury “indicted the county school superintendent, one of her assistants and the McIntosh Academy high school principal on misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse” after obstructing an investigation of math teacher Lori Carmichael Quigley, who was charged with having sex with three students. Also last week, teacher Emma Painter lost her teaching certificate for two years after “she attempted to influence the testimony of a student believed to be the victim of a 2009 sexual assault by an assistant field hockey coach.”
It is clear that there is an epidemic of sexual misconduct in schools across the country. In Florida, “fed up” high school students even wrote their own legislation to address the problem.
In other news, teachers in Oregon will soon be empowered to distribute condoms to sixth graders.
The AP report also reveals that cases that are reported “often end with no action.”