Naughty teachers and the students they love

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Naughty teachers and the students they love

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PATRICK JANSON

Composite Score: 429

Number of Students: 3

Age Differential: 14 (30ish-16)

Sordid Details: Janson's case is a reminder that while sexual dalliances can sit quietly for years, they never go away. One minute you're living the good life of a music teacher at St. Joseph's Academy, illicit memories of affairs with students many years ago tucked away, and the next your face is plastered on the news. Janson was indicted on a slew of charges in 2009 after a fellow teacher reported incidents dating back to 2000 and 2002. In those, prosecutors say, Janson not only slept with a 16-year-old, but did so during the school day, probably after an opening pickup line like, "You want to play my trombone?"

Janson later admitted to "inappropriately touching" two other girls in 2005 and 2006. (10)

Mitigating Factors: Kept quiet and cool for years, even staying at the same school. (1)

Summary and Sentencing: After pleading guilty, Janson was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, a vacation to band camp that he is currently still enjoying. (9)

KELLY COVIC

Composite Score: 337

Number of Students: 1.5

Age Differential: 22 (36-14)

Sordid Details: Covic was a 34-year-old wife, mother of two, and middle school teacher in Brunswick. The victim in question was 14. Sordid enough? There's more. Three fellow teachers testified at Covic's 2011 trial that she admitted doing something "inappropriate" with the victim, thus breaking rule numero uno in the "How to Have Sex With Your Student and Get Away With It" guidebook. In a further bizarre twist, she offered alcohol to a second student. Both boys eventually tried to blackmail their middle-aged mistress via text. The victim asked for $200, which seems low given his ammunition; the second boy asked for $4,000, which seems a bit steep given his. Either way, she was blabbing about the affair herself, so the gambit was doomed to failure. (10)

Mitigating Factors: Outstanding stupidity. (1)

Summary and Sentencing: Covic is currently serving a three-year prison sentence, during which she will have plenty of time to chat. (7)

CHRISTOPHER THOMAS

Composite Score: 266

Number of Students: 2

Age Differential: 16 (30-14)

Sordid Details: Thomas sent wang shots to two 14-year-old girls, instructing them to return the favor. Then he got frisky with one of them, not only at his house, but at her house, too. (8)

Mitigating Factors: He looked like a creep anyway. (1)

Summary and Sentencing: The former Wiley Middle School (University Heights) teacher was charged with one count of sexual battery, 22 counts of kiddie porn, seven counts of importuning, six counts of endangering children, and one count of possessing criminal tools. That qualified him for a teacher award recognized not with 153 gold stars, but 153 years in prison. (10)

JASON MAZAN

Composite score: 111

Number of Students: 1

Age Differential: 13 (27-14)

Sordid Details: Mazan, an assistant drama coach at Green Middle School at the time, was found with a "partially clothed" 14-year-old girl in his car by a Summit County Sheriff's Office deputy. She was not identified as a student of his, but this sounds like a prototypical beginning to an episode of To Catch a Predator. Sir, Chris Hansen would like a word with you. (8)

Mitigating Factors: None. (1)

Summary and Sentencing: Mazan was indicted in April on charges of attempted sexual battery and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The case is still pending. (7)

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