Monday, August 14, 2017

Duh: Sexual images land professionals in trouble

Maybe there should be a warning posted on cellphones, computers and electronic devices: “Transmitting or showing sexual images can cost you your livelihood or your liberty.”

Three professionals have recently learned this lesson the hard way.

French teacher Jaclyn McLaren graduated from being Facebook friends and exchanging naked breast photos with her underage students to becoming intimate with them and other minors she met on Tinder. She is now in prison, her teaching career likely finished.

The Belleville teacher, 36, was sentenced in May to two years in prison after pleading guilty to seven sex crimes. She was banned from attending or volunteering in any public place frequented by children under 16 for 10 years.

In 2013, a few of McLaren’s Grade 8 students borrowed her cellphone and discovered photos of her bare breasts. Despite warnings from her superiors to cut off Internet communications with her underage students, she persisted.

The incident led to McLaren sending explicit photos on Snapchat and sexting her students. In the fall of 2014, she started having sex with her former students — then in Grade 9.

“It’s a virtual certainty that she’ll lose her teaching licence based on these convictions,” said Sam Goldstein, veteran criminal defence lawyer and former Crown who has represented several professionals at regulatory hearings.

“She can re-apply in the future, but it will be an uphill battle to regain her licence,” said Goldstein.  (more...)

Famous -- in the wrong way.

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