Another day, another couple of randy teachers in the news

We’ve covered the distasteful subject of the burgeoning number of cases of teachers engaged in sexual abuse of minors, most often those entrusted in their care.  Here are the most recent installments:

The daily reports that Tucson police have arrested Joseph O. Massey, a 36-year-old Utterback middle-school teacher on charges that he had a sexual relationship with one of his female students. He has been charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Victor Scott McPeak Jr., 38, a father and former Arizona Charter Academy 5th grade teacher has been convicted and will serve up to 24 years, with lifetime probation as part of a plea agreement. In addition to fondling two of his young students, he was snared by the FBI last year in an international porn ring spanning more than 20 countries, according to a report in the daily.

McPeak, the son of a minister and once a youth minister himself, attended a school with a peculiar proclivity among its graduates:  The daily reports that public records indicate the younger McPeak is the fourth person among those attending Ozark Christian College in the late 1980s and early 1990s to be linked to either child pornography or child molestation.

Seeing Red AZ is once again seeing red over this vicious exploitation of children by those who are hired to educate them — in scholastic matters.

5 Responses to Another day, another couple of randy teachers in the news

  1. Marianne says:

    I notice the Arizona Republic usually gives these reports little in the way of column inches. McPeak was the exception to that rule, and probably because of the family’s religious affiliation. Although these stories enrage me, I am glad they are getting some attention here. Parents should beware of the government schools for many reasons, liberal indoctrination and anti-religious bias, among them. But sexual abuse has risen to mammoth proportions and these are only the cases that are exposed and reach the criminal justice level. I hate to think of the level of abuse that has not yet been exposed.

  2. SherriAZ says:

    This is a sad commentary on education. There are hundreds of unemployed individuals who really care about kids and would be wonderful role models. Yet, somehow, these perverts keep getting employed as teachers. Personally, I am very glad I homeschooled my kids.

  3. American Dad says:

    These disgusting reports are becoming routine. We keep hearing we need to “get more money into the classroom” which is NEA code talk for higher pay and benefits for teachers. Let’s see some indication of performance as exhibited by student scores. And lets do more to ensure we are not scraping the bottom scum of the pond when placing teachers with our children. I don’t send my children to school to be exploited.

    Sherri, I applaud you fro home-schooling. The more I hear about the excelling home schoolers the more impressed I am.

  4. DeAnn says:

    I think you need to be outraged by the pervert who did this, but why trash a good school? Did they teach a class on this in college? In every school, organization, etc. there will be some bad apples. You owe Ozark Christian College an apology.

  5. seeingredaz says:

    There is no intent to denigrate Ozark Christian College. The information you find offensive was reported in the linked news article. It is an oddity because that is a significant number in a small school of just over 800 undergraduates. No doubt the student population was even smaller in the previous decades. No apology should be forthcoming when publishing facts. If you believe an apology is due, contact the newspaper that printed the information.

    Further information on the school is available here:
    http://www.campusexplorer.com/colleges/0A674087/Missouri/Joplin/Ozark-Christian-College/