Lauren Ellen Ni Mhaonaigh has been allegedly identified as the 24-year-old teacher in Ireland that was charged with the defilement of a teenage boy who was a student at her school.
According to reports, Ni Mhaonaigh was allegedly brought before Swords District Court and was charged under Section 3 of Ireland’s Criminal Sexual Offences Act 2006 for allegedly engaging in a sex act with a child under the age of 17 on February 1 and February 13 of 2018.
In addition to the sexual relationship, Ni Mhaonaigh allegedly sent an explicit video to the teen.
Ni Mhaonaigh first appeared in court on Tuesday, October 30, and is due back in court on Wednesday, December 19.
The teacher appeared before Judge Dermot Dempsey after she was arrested by gardai at Dublin Airport on Sunday. Judge Dempsey remanded her on bail and adjourned the case until December 19, when the woman is due to appear in court again.
The judge granted bail, with a number of conditions that included that she surrender her passport and not apply for a new document. She must also provide gardai with a phone number to be contactable at all times.
Judge Dempsey granted an application for legal aid as the defendant’s solicitor said her client had lost her job. The judge granted the application and the accused made a cash lodgement of €2,000 in court as she was granted bail.
The defendant, who was a teacher at a Dublin school at the time of the alleged offences, did not speak during the brief hearing. It has been reported that evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given in court by Garda Stephen Hughes.
Garda Hughes said: “She was interviewed under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. Directions to charge were obtained last night.”
Lauren Ellen Ni Mhaonaigh 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.