Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, a 38-year-old former middle school teacher, has been charged with the sexual exploitation of a minor. Missouri prosecutors have accused Schweitzer of having sex with at least three teenage boys.
A United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri claims that Schweitzer is facing numerous charges after a federal grand jury unsealed a two-count indictment. She has been charged with child kidnapping, first-degree statutory rape and first-degree statutory sodomy in Newton County, and first-degree statutory rape in Jasper County.
Schweitzer was a teacher at North Middle School in Joplin at the time of the alleged offenses.
The suits describe incidents of alleged sexual misconduct by Schweitzer with three former North Middle School students, all younger than 15, including incidents alleged to have taken place at the school. The suit against the school district cites the Missouri Human Rights Act, alleging the district “failed to take steps to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment by its faculty.”
The petition against Schweitzer accuses her of negligent infliction of emotional distress. It alleges she picked up one of the boys from his family’s home after he missed a school bus, took him to her home and had sex with him.
The suit against Schweitzer was brought by the mother of two of Schweitzer’s alleged victims, including the boy she allegedly had sex with in her home. The suit against the school district also includes a second plaintiff, the mother of another one of Schweitzer’s alleged victims.
This is the latest in a string of teacher sex scandals over the last couple of years. In November, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers was arrested. Former nutrition teacher LaToya Parker was also arrested for a relationship with a student. Florida teacher Caroline Lawson was charged with sexual assault. 26-year-old Allyson Moran was also arrested for similar crimes. The 23-year-old high school teacher Katherine Ross Ridenhour was also arrested for an inappropriate relationship.
Furthermore, Hunter Day, 22, was also arrested after a sting operation. Megan Kotarski was also arrested on similar charges. Michelle Schiffer, a 23-year-old history teacher in Texas, was also charged and arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage student. 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy was arrested in Maryland for her crimes in New Jersey. Samantha Fitzgerland, a 28-year-old, was most recently arrested and charged. Jordan Ondish was arrested for her inappropriate relationship with a 19-year-old, while 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick was arrested on similar charges.
Nicole Marie Andrews was arrested as well. 32-year-old Jessica Langford was arrested and charged with sexual assault-related crimes as well. A teacher from Oregon, Andrea Baber, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Robin Dunlap, a teacher in Florida, was arrested for sending illicit photos to a 15-year-old boy in Texas. Teacher and tennis coach Jennifer Olajire-Aro was also charged. 42-year-old Heather Butts of California was arrested on a second-degree felony charge. Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student. Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016. 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship.
Valeria Costadoni was also arrested due to a relationship with her student. 40-year-old Kisha Nuckols was arrested for having sex with a student, too. Hilary Dattilo, a 30-year-old Ohio high school teacher, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student. 30-year-old Missouri teacher Elizabeth Morgan was also arrested on similar charges. Trisha Anderson Rogers, a 47-year-old former student teacher at a North Carolina middle school was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to soliciting a young student for sex. 39-year-old Texas teacher Marisela Winn was also charged for her relationship with a student. Gabrielle Bauman who admitted to having a relationship with a student was only sentenced to probation. 29-year-old Dori Meyers has denied accusations against her about a relationship with an underage student.