Lindsay Anderson, a 31-year-old Illinois teacher, is facing jail time after her arrest for having sexual contact with two male middle school students and smoking marijuana with them. Anderson was a teacher at Carpentersville Middle School in Carpentersville, Illinois when she reportedly had a sexual interaction with the two students when they were 14 and 15-years-old.
According to the Daily Herald, Anderson plead guilty to criminal sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault.
Both of the charges are felonies.
“Ms. Anderson leveraged her position as a teacher to gain these victims’ trust and then selfishly took advantage of that trust,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon told the media. “As a teacher, she was in a position of authority and clearly knew that what she did was wrong and harmful to these children.”
Anderson reportedly admitted to sexually assaulting the male students “several times.”
Since the beginning of 2019 alone, a handful of teachers have been arrested on similar charges, including 25-year-old substitute teacher Alexis Mercedes Boberg in Baltimore, Beulah High School teacher Kelsie Schmidt in North Dakota, Rancocas Valley Regional High School teacher Alexandra Reiner in New Jersey, and 50-year-old Florida substitute teacher Angela Jean Stanton in Florida. Additionally, Texas teachers Meredith Null and Edna Longoria were arrested on similar charges.
As for why the number of these incidents has seemingly increased, studies suggest that smartphones are the primary reason for the spike in illicit relationships, as it allows teachers to communicate with the minors without supervision.
According to a report from the Texas Education Association, smartphones make easy for teachers to privately text and talk with students and also make it possible for teachers and students to share explicit images.
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