It’s been a little while since we had a lady gym teacher on this page. Say hello to Kimberly Lake Smith, 36, a former teacher at Galeton High School (PA) who apparently has a long history of inappropriate contact with male students . . . at least that’s according to a criminal complaint filed by Galeton Borough Police Chief Christopher Brackman. In addition to the current two incidents (details below) it accused that Smith “engaging in similar misconduct with other students throughout her career at the district, from 1999 to 2012.” Uh, so why was she still teaching?
Anyway, the most recent incidents allegedly involve Ms. Smith and two 17-year-old boys in her classroom: in both, Smith allegedly kissed the teens inappropriately and the let them touch her breasts through her clothes. In addition, one of the victims was allowed to touch her genitals both through and underneath clothes, and she touched his genitals through clothes. The worst part? Smith also stands accused of asking one victims not to tell anyone about their little extra curricular activity and to lie about it if asked.
Smith was charged with endangering the welfare of a child as a third-degree felony and endangering the welfare of a child as a first-degree misdemeanor.
Source: Ithaca Journal
It’s not often that coaches or gym teachers are actually caught in the act when they have inappropriate relationships with underage students. Usually it starts with gossip among students and faculty, parents noticing something out of the ordinary or a spurned girlfriend or boyfriend. But this time we do mean “caught in the act.”
This time we have Basalt High School (CO) gym teacher and girl’s basketball coach Lauren Redfern who was allegedly in her office bathroom at school with an 18-year-old male student when the school’s athletic director walked in looking for her back on February 9th. Once caught, she immediately left the office with the startled AD and the school immediately launched an investigation.
Additionally, because Colorado has a “person of authority” rule, the fact that the boy was above the age of consent does not matter in this case. A police investigation has determined that the pair has been “hooking up” (as the kids say) for the past four months, starting when the student was 17 and the encounters allegedly took place at her home and his. Except for that last one in the office bathroom.
Redfern, who is in jail currently awaiting a bond hearing, faces two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, pattern of abuse. The later is a Class 3 felony.
Source: Aspen Times
Let’s be clear on this: the kids were not struck with weights or even forces to do excessive weight training exercises with them. All these misbehaving boys had to do was HOLD a 10 lb weight for one minute per year of their ages–6 & 8. And now their grandmother–who we’re sure is very strict with them at home–is upset with the gym teacher who doled out the punishment because one of the boys said his arm hurt after-wards.