Another Valley teacher sentenced in student sex case

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.

4 Responses to Another Valley teacher sentenced in student sex case

  1. Seen It All says:

    These sexual predators in our schools are reminiscent of the scout leaders, priests and newspaper delivery managers who formerly had young boys under their control and preyed upon them. The girls often have had to beware of the female coaches or male teachers. These deviants need to rooted out and the schools should do whatever it takes to ensure a safe environment for the students entrusted to them.

  2. Cafedrinker says:

    The one statement that you made that is so true is that the horrible mistake was getting caught. This man had to plead guilt because other girls came forth and this was his ‘plea bargain’ to get the lesser sentence. So how sorry was he? If he did it before? Krepelka had a regular line that was as common to him as the words ‘good morning’ and that was ‘i’m sorry’. He said it for everything all the time. He was always caught lying or doing something inappropriate. And it was always ‘i’m sorry’. His sorry statements mean absolutely nothing and carry no weight. He only said those words so maybe the judge would hear them like all the girls and women did that believed it when he said it. Not this time. Horrible mistake? You got caught and for that we are thankful. I’m SORRY that it didn’t happen sooner.

  3. Calypso says:

    Home schooling is an excellent option. No drugs in the school, no sexual overtures from the teachers, no junk food in the cafeteria, values along with the basics, and no Obama indoctrinations. My neighbor has homeschooled her two children and they are bright, well mannered and excelling. The oldest boy got a scholarship to ASU. That’s where the damage would ordinarily be done, but he is so sharp, he will withstand it.

  4. Marianne says:

    Excellent legislative change to the weak, previously existing law. Teachers are in positions of authority and are older, more commanding figures. Why so many of these incidents? Is there something in the AZ water?