A disturbing trend has been taking place during the first six months of 2022.
Fox News reports that, during this time period, over 180 K-12 educators have been arrested and charged with child sex-related crimes.
That’s a minimum figure
Fox based its reports on an analysis that it conducted of weekly local news stories that featured the arrests of principals, teachers, substitute teachers, and teachers’ aides on child sex-related crimes.
Fox’s analysis found that, during the first six months of 2022 – from January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022 – 181 such arrests were made. Those 181 arrests include four principals, 153 teachers, 12 teachers’ aides, and 12 substitute teachers.
Fox emphasizes that the actual number of such arrests could be higher because, according to the outlet, “arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis.”
The alleged crimes
Fox reports that about three-quarters of the arrests – about 140 of the 181 – were allegedly committed by educators against students.
The outlet provided several examples of these crimes. All of the examples provided are disturbing, but one of the more disturbing ones was of Anessa Page Gower, a 35-year-old former biology teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, California.
Gower has been charged with 29 counts of child molestation. Fox reports:
Gower is accused of sexually abusing seven students between 2021-2022 when she was a teacher at Making Waves, with allegations including forcible sodomy of minors and sharing sexually graphic photos over online platforms.
Fox suggests that it was motivated to do this analysis by a recently-released report from the U.S. Department of Education, titled, “Study of State Policies to Prohibit Aiding and Abetting Sexual Misconduct in Schools.”
What the study did was analyze state-enacted anti- “passing the trash” policies. “Passing the trash” policies, according to Fox, allow “suspected sexual abusers to quietly leave their jobs to possibly offend again in a different school district.”
What the study found was that only a small percentage of states actually require employers to take steps that would make sure that possible sex offenders would not be employed where they can re-offend. For example, the study found that only 11 states require applicants to disclose information related to sexual abuse or misconduct.
The conclusion appears to be that government policies are at least partly to blame here. Something needs to be done about this.