There had been at least 181 K-12 teachers, principals and school staff members arrested for child sex crimes between Jan. 1 and June 30 in the United States. This number could be higher as it did not include arrests that failed to make it in news reports.
An analysis conducted by Fox News looked at local news stories week by week and found that four principals, 153 teachers, 12 substitute teachers and 12 teachers’ aides have been arrested on a litany of charges such as sexually assaulting students and possessing child pornography. About 140 of those arrested committed alleged crimes against the students.
The analysis came after the Department of Education (DOE) released a report in June, titled “Study of State Policies to Prohibit Aiding and Abetting Sexual Misconduct in Schools,” which analyzed state policies prohibiting “passing the trash” or allowing suspected sexual abusers to quietly leave their jobs to possibly offend again in another school district.
A bipartisan provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act originally proposed by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) required all states receiving federal education funding to enact laws prohibiting the practice of “passing the trash.”
However, according to the DOE’s report, laws against this practice are varied across the states.
While all require prospective employers to conduct criminal background checks on educators, most states require only fingerprinting and only 19 require employers to request information from an applicant’s current and former employers.
Moreover, only 14 states require employers to check an applicant’s eligibility for employment or certification and 11 require applicants to disclose information regarding investigations or disciplinary actions related to sexual abuse or misconduct.
Toomey, who pressured the DOE to release its report for months, expressed his deep concerns over the findings.
“Any educator who engaged in sexual misconduct with a child should be barred from ever teaching in a classroom again, yet too many states do not have policies to ensure that is the case,” he said. (Related: Report published during Obama era warns of sexual abuse by groomer “teachers”.)
James Garfield, a teacher at Delaware’s High Road School, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old student. Local media said he was charged with two counts of felony rape and related charges.
A Warren, Pennsylvania teacher was earlier arrested and charged with aggravated indecent assault, among others, after he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old student.
Weeks before that, a man admitted to raping two 17-year-old girls as a gym teacher in two different public school districts in Hudson County, New Jersey.
Manhattan Institute senior fellow, Christopher Rufo, called for a new study on child sex abuse in schools, saying that this is a scandal that the Left is trying to suppress. Rufo previously made headlines for his battle against the spread of critical race theory in classrooms.
“The basic fact is incontrovertible: Every day, a public school teacher is arrested, indicted, or convicted for child sex abuse. And yet, the teachers’ unions, the public school bureaucracies and the left-wing media pretend that the abuse isn’t happening and viciously attack families who raise concerns,” he said.
In April, Rufo noted that the DOE has not made public reports about sexual abuse since 2004, when nearly 9.6 percent of students were said to be targeted by teachers for misconduct in K-12 classrooms.
The most comprehensive report on sexual abuse in public schools from the DOE in 2004 was based on a 2000 survey conducted by that the American Association of University Women. Of the 2,065 students in eighth through eleventh grade that were surveyed, nearly 10 percent fell victim to sexual misconduct by a public school employee.
If that figure is correct, Rufo noted that it would translate to approximately 4.5 million children suffering sexual misconduct by public school employees, with an estimated three million suffering physical sexual abuse.
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