A 32-year-old middle school teacher is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old male student. As Fox News reports, Jessica Langford of Miamisburg, Ohio is accused of sexual intercourse and oral sex with the student.
As Dayton Daily News shares, Langford was indicted on November 14 on charges of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The alleged sexual acts took place at Miamisburg Middle School, where Langford taught math at for nine years, in late May. She resigned following the allegations.
The minor allegedly told another teacher about the incidents. “We did our own little, quick investigation at that point,” said Miamisburg Superintendent Dr. David Vail. “Because of that fact we were mandated to report it to the Ohio Department of Education.”
She has pleaded not guilty to the three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor against her.
This is not the first instance of alleged sexual misconduct at Miamisburg Middle School. Previously, 23-year-old substitute teacher Madeline Marx was arrested for sexual interactions with two students. “You'd certainly think...someone would say ‘I shouldn't do that,’ but it doesn't occur to them,” Vail said.
As The Washington Post shared earlier, more teachers are having sex with their students. In 2014, there were 781 cases of teachers and other school personnel accused (or convicted) of having sexual interactions with students. Terry Abbott, chairman of Drive West Communications and a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education, told the newspaper that social media and access to smartphones has enabled more teachers to embark on predatory relationships with students.
Although male teachers and employees make up for the majority of these incidents, Abbott shares that female teachers are tech savvy in reaching their victims. He says that in 2014, women were more likely to use social media to attract and lure students.
[Photo: Dept of Corrections, school photo]