Jacqueline Nicole Muller, a 26-year-old California teacher, was arrested on Monday, August 20, after officials say she allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old student.
According to reports, Muller has been charged with first-degree child sexual abuse after she had sex with a male student at a hotel in Washington D.C. on May 9. In addition, police say they found “extensive” text messages between Muller and the student.
Muller, a teacher at the Salem Lutheran School in Glendale, California, allegedly had sex with the teen at the Hyatt Place Washington D.C. on E Street SW while she was chaperoning his eighth-grade class trip to D.C. back in May.
The teen told police that he and the teacher began communicating through Instagram in March. Initially, they talked about photography and mutual interests. A month later, they kissed, the documents say.
During the school trip on May 9, Muller and the teen had sex in the hotel room he shared with another student, according to the documents. They did so again the same day at a hotel in Virginia.
The teen’s parents became concerned when they heard from other school trip chaperones that their son had been alone with Muller for about an hour late at night. The teen told his parents they had been talking. Then, the parents found messages between the teacher and the teen on his phone.
The teen eventually told his father what happened and the teen’s parents met with the school principal on May 14, who then contacted child protective services.
According to NBC, a warrant for Muller’s arrest was requested in late July. At this time, neither she nor the Salem Lutheran School responded to requests for comment.
Muller is just the latest teacher to be charged for an inappropriate relationship with a teenager. 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.
In addition, 31-year-old Nicole Marie Andrews, 32-year-old Jessica Langford, 29-year-old Andrea Baber, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap, 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro have also been charged with these charges.
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. More recently, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.