Arizona’s predatory teachers: The endless parade
A former Shadow Mountain High School science teacher and baseball coach has been sentenced to four years in prison and lifetime parole for a sexual encounter with a teenage female student.
Before the sentencing, Tom Krepelka, 47, apologized and asked the victim’s family as well as his own, for forgiveness. “I’m a good man, and I made a horrible mistake,” he said.
The “horrible mistake” was getting caught.
In asking Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Ditsworth to send a message that sexual misconduct like this will not be tolerated, the victim’s father told the court, “The one place I trusted (my daughters) to be safe was at school.”
Sexual conduct with a minor who is 15 to 17 years old was a Class 6 felony until late 2008. The law was changed to increase penalties in cases involving a teacher sexually exploiting a student.
“Thanks to new legislation supported by our office that toughens the punishment for these offenders, we’re now able to get a prison sentence instead of just probation for this defendant,” Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said in a statement. The complete report in the daily can be read here.
Just last week Seeing Red AZ posted this report, which we titled: Arizona’s predatory teachers: The endless parade.