Thursday, September 11, 2014

'Hidden in plain sight': Predators in the classroom on the rise in Pa., analysis shows

State officials are on track to field more than 700 complaints against teachers and administrators across Pennsylvania this year, quadruple the number the same office logged in 2007.

In keeping with five-year trends, more than half of those are likely to allege sexual abuse, misconduct or exploitation at the hands of school employees.

They won't be unlike the complaint filed against Cumberland Valley High School teacher Emily Nesbit, a 31-year-old teacher who this year admitted to having sexual contact with an 18-year-old male student.

And they won't be unlike the one filed against Shawn Sharkey, a now-former assistant principal at Susquehanna Township High School who is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old female student.  (more...)

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