Veronica Dixon, a 30-year-old former teacher at Trewyn School in Peoria, Illinois, has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a teen-aged boy who claims he was the victim of a sexual assault by Dixon back in 2016.
In March 2017, Dixon was charged and convicted of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Peoria County District Court and was sentenced to a four-year prison sentence.
According to reports from the Journal Star, the Peoria school district agreed to a settlement with the family of the victim. The settlement, which was agreed upon on Tuesday, September 4, is for $15,000 with “no acknowledgment of any wrongdoing by the district.”
Criminal records indicate that the victim was a seventh-grade student in Dixon’s class at the Trewyn School at the time of the assault.
Dixon 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.
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.