Report: At Least 181 K-12 Educators Arrested on Child-Related Sex Crimes in First Half of 2022

A Fox News Digital analysis of child sex crime data in school districts around the nation has found a minimum of 181 K-12 educators have been arrested on child-related sex crimes in the first half of 2022.

Among those educators arrested were four principals, 153 teachers, 12 substitute teachers, and 12 teachers’ aides. The crimes ranged from child pornography to rape of students.

“Arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher,” Fox News Digital reported.

According to the analysis, at least 77 percent, or 140 of the arrests, constituted alleged crimes against students.

In 2015, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) proposed a provision in the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that required all states that receive federal education funds to pass a law banning the practice of “passing the trash,” or quietly allowing a suspected child sex abuser to leave one school district for another.

A report released in June by the U.S. Education Department and titled “Study of State Policies to Prohibit Aiding and Abetting Sexual Misconduct in Schools,” found state laws against such “aiding and abetting” vary across the nation.

According to the education department’s report, all states require criminal background checks on educators and 46 states require fingerprinting of prospective employees.

The report continues that 27 states require prospective employers to check the applicant’s employment history and/or disciplinary status, and adds:

Of these 27 states, 19 have laws or policies requiring employers to request information (e.g., personnel files, employment history) from an applicant’s current and former employers; 14 require employers to check an applicant’s eligibility for employment or certification in and across states; and 11 require applicants to disclose information regarding investigations or disciplinary actions related to sexual abuse or misconduct.

“Several SEA [state education agency] respondents, even in states requiring applicants to disclose information about past investigations or allegations of sexual misconduct, reported struggling to obtain information about job applicants from employers outside their state borders,” the report noted.

As Fox News Digital observed, in February, Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVA) pressed Biden Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to release the report and Toomey then expressed his concern last month about the study’s findings:

While I appreciate that the Department of Education has finally fulfilled its obligation to investigate whether states have implemented policies, laws, or regulations to stop the heinous practice of ‘passing the trash,’ I am deeply concerned with these 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. Releasing this report is only the first step—the department must hold states accountable and use the tools at its disposal to enforce the law.

Investigative journalist Christopher Rufo, who this week exposed the mainlining of radical queer theory in the Los Angeles Unified School District, told Fox News Digital child sex abuse in schools must be addressed.

“This is a scandal that the political Left is doing everything in its power to suppress,” he said. “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.”

According to a report at The Press-Enterprise of an investigation into child sexual abuse in southern California schools by Southern California News Group, “school district culture” is “largely at fault for not uprooting teacher sexual misconduct.”

The report continues:

The extent of the problem in America’s schools is impossible to quantify. No national database tracks instances of sexual abuse of students by employees in K-12 schools. But anecdotal evidence, spilling off the pages of newspapers and online news sites across the country, suggests something close to an epidemic.

“Despite the proliferation of sexual misconduct cases involving teachers in L.A., Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, criminal charges are rarely filed against those who fail to report suspicions about abuse, as required by law,” The Press-Enterprise noted.

A tweet Thursday highlighted the sickening denial of the problem of child sex abuse in schools when a Libs of TikTok post noted a “Michigan public school employee who spoke at a school board meeting in support of teaching an LGBT curriculum and mocked parents, was arrested for allegedly trying to meet a minor for sex.”

Seth Dillon, CEO at The Babylon Bee, commented that Twitter “has begun suspending people for using the word “groomer.”

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Susan Berry, PhD is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].




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