Stephanie Carafa, a 32-year-old middle school teacher in Lodi, New Jersey, has been arrested for allegedly having sex with and sending nude photos to a teenage student. Carafa taught at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Lodi, New Jersey.
According to police, sent sexually explicit photos and videos to a teenage student who is under the age of 16. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lodi Police Department said that after further investigation, they discovered that in addition to sending sexually explicit photos, Carafa also engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with the teenage student.
Carafa, the daughter of Lodi mayor Emil Carafa Jr., has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated criminal sexual conduct.
Carafa is just the latest teacher to be charged for inappropriate conduct. Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges. A woman named Kayla Sprinkles was arrested in North Carolina for similar sexual crimes.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
34-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley was charged with similar crimes, 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 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student. Similarly, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.