Posted on | March 19, 2014 | 66 Comments
Robert Bacca, convicted sex offender.
Last night when I used the phrase “gay pedophiles” in a headline about a child pornography ring, somebody on Twitter complained that it is politically incorrect to use “gay” and “pedophile” in the same headline, so I went hunting for another reason to do it again:
A former Teacher of the Year semifinalist for Duval County was sentenced to 40 years in prison [March 12] after pleading guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting one of his students.
Christopher Robert Bacca, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted sexual battery on a child younger than 12 and lewd or lascivious molestation. . . .
Six other criminal charges against Bacca, a former Windy Hill Elementary Teacher of the Year, were dropped as part of the plea deal.
The victim told police he “showered with the suspect on more than one occasion while staying the night at his residence,” according to the fourth-grade teacher’s arrest report.
The report said the suspect touched the boy’s private parts repeatedly and performed oral sex on the boy more than once. . . .
Bacca has been in jail since he was arrested in July 2012. . . .
Bacca had been moved from his former school, Long Branch Elementary School, on recommendations by the state Department of Children and Families after the agency, along with police, investigated claims in 2009 that he had kissed a boy on the lips and had slept in the same bed with him.
[An attorney for the second victim’s family] said had the boy’s mother known about the 2009 investigation, she would not have allowed her son to be in contact with Bacca.
In order to be Fair and Balanced, however, I’ll now highlight recent reports of sex crimes by heterosexual school teachers:
• Emily Nesbit, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania — An 11th grade English teacher resigned last week after she was accused of having sexual relations with a student at a Pennsylvania high school.
Emily Nesbit, 31, was charged with institutional sex assault, a third-degree felony, on Friday. Police said Nesbit admitted meeting an 18-year-old male student for sex in a classroom after hours at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.
Nesbit is charged based on her position as a teacher, without regard to the age of the student. If convicted she could face up to seven years in prison, prosecutors told ABC 27 News.
• Tanikka Queen, Las Vegas, Nevada — A substitute teacher is facing a laundry list of charges after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy.
Ultimately a hickey on the boy’s neck and not keeping a secret, led to their undoing.
Now, 22-year-old Tanikka Queen is charged with multiple counts for allegedly having a sexual affair with the 15-year-old student
Queen faces a whopping 29 charges following her arrest last week. She is the Hyde Park Middle School substitute teacher accused of having a relationship with a teen.
She is facing multiple counts of kidnapping, statutory sexual conduct and luring a child with technology, along with one count of sexual conduct between an employee and a student. . . .
The arrest follows a relationship that police said began around Valentine’s Day and lasted more than two weeks.
During that time, there were 2,400 text messages from Queen’s cellphone and more than 100 phone calls and photos exchanged.
In one message, she wrote about her true feelings for the boy, “I’m serous. I’m putting my job on the line talking to you so how can I not be serious.”
• Amanda Brennan, Las Vegas, Nevada — A former high school English teacher was sentenced Tuesday in Las Vegas to five years of probation for an inappropriate relationship with a teenage student almost a year ago.
Amanda Nicole Brennan, 25, has a chance to reduce her felony conviction to a misdemeanor if she stays out of trouble. But she also faces one to four years in prison if she slips and violates the sentence imposed after her Oct. 31 guilty plea to felony charge of luring a child with intent to engage in sexual conduct.
She also has to register as a sex offender. . . .
Police had said the former Foothill High School teacher told investigators she knew it was wrong to date the boy, who was 15 years old at the time, but she did it anyway.
The boy’s parents reported that Brennan picked up the teen against their wishes and returned him home past curfew. The teen’s mother learned Brennan’s name and age from the security guard at their gated Henderson community, where Brennan had come to pick up the boy.
The teen told police that he and Brennan loved each other and had kissed twice, but only cuddled in the back of her car the night he went out without his parents’ permission.
Officials also found about 1,000 text messages between Brennan and the boy in a nine-day period before Brennan’s arrest last May 10.
• David Thompson, Dade City, Florida — A Pasco County teacher is under arrest in Miami after investigators say he booked a plane trip to Belize to have sex with two underage girls.
David Wendel Thompson, 48, is a social studies teacher at Centennial Middle School in Dade City.
According to a criminal complaint, Thompson used Facebook to contact and have sexually explicit conversations with a 13-year-old and 15-year-old female.
Investigators say he booked a flight to Belize City with a layover in Miami. They say he was refused entry to Belize and arrested at the airport.
Thompson has worked for Pasco schools since 1994, according to district spokesperson Linda Cobbe.
He is charged with enticing minors, and made his first appearance in court Monday morning.
Far be it from me to suggest that gay pedophiles are more common or more dangerous than heterosexual pedophiles.