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Bad Teacher News: November 2021

Jeff has raised six sons through high school graduation. He has taken two dozen university courses in child education, learning and safety.

Brandon Louis of Fort Dodge, Iowa

High School chorus teacher Brandon Louis was arrested for sexual exploitation of minors.

High School chorus teacher Brandon Louis was arrested for sexual exploitation of minors.

DATE OF ARREST: November 22, 2021

PLACE OF OFFENSE: Southeast Valley High School, Gowrie, IA.

SUMMARY: 29-year old high school chorus teacher Brandon Louis is alleged to have contacted students by email in order to seek sexual interactions with minors.

REPORTING WEBSITE: KQWC of Webster City

"A former teacher from Webster County was arrested Monday facing a charge of sexual exploitation by a school employee.

Twenty-nine-year-old Brandon Louis was the former choir director at Southeast Valley High School in Gowrie. The arrest of Louis comes after a yearlong investigation involving search warrants and the interviews of current and former students of the school.

Louis resigned in October of last year after allegations of sending inappropriate messages to students. Louis is in the Webster County Jail in Fort Dodge. If he is convicted, Louis could face a fine of $7,500 and five years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender for 10 years."

Daniel Baudino of Turlock, California

Junior and senior high band teacher Daniel Baudino was arrested for allegedly performing sexual acts with a minor child. (Baudino is standing in the center, between two former high school students.)

Junior and senior high band teacher Daniel Baudino was arrested for allegedly performing sexual acts with a minor child. (Baudino is standing in the center, between two former high school students.)

DATE OF ARREST: November 1, 2021

PLACE OF OFFENSE: Turlock High School, Turlock, CA.

SUMMARY: Then 38-year old high school band teacher Daniel Baudino is alleged to have had multiple sexual relations with a minor back in 2016. He was arrested on November 1, 2021. Further allegations have arisen that Baudino may have had sexual relations with two other minors from Turlock High School.

REPORTING WEBSITE:

"A Turlock teacher has been arrested on suspicion sex crimes dating back to 2016, police say.

Daniel James Baudino, 38, is currently a teacher at Turlock Junior High School. However, the alleged incidents happened between June-August 2016 while he was a teacher at Turlock High School.

Turlock police say, last week, a victim came forward and reported the incidents allegedly involving Baudino. An investigation began immediately and police soon obtained a search warrant.

Detectives say the victim, who was a minor at the time, and Baudino have a 15-year age gap.

Further, detectives say their investigation uncovered evidence of the allegations made against Baudino. However, exactly what kind of evidence they found has not been disclosed.

Baudino was taken into custody on Monday while he was walking at Turlock Junior High School, police say. He was booked into custody on five counts of unlawful sex with a minor and four counts of oral copulation with a minor."

Philip Velez of Hollywood, Florida

Flanagan High School teacher Philip Velez was arrested for sexual battery to a minor girl.

Flanagan High School teacher Philip Velez was arrested for sexual battery to a minor girl.

DATE OF ARREST: November 30, 2021

PLACE OF OFFENSE: Flanagan High School, Pembroke Pines, FL.

SUMMARY: 28-year "Culinary Arts" high school teacher Philip Velez was reported for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a 17-year old girl since late November, 2021. He has been charged with sexual battery of a minor.

REPORTING WEBSITE: Miami Herald

"When Hollywood police came to the door of Flanagan High teacher Philip Velez Saturday night, they say he told them he was inside with his girlfriend.

And, police say, to his mind, the 28-year-old Velez wasn’t lying — he thought of the 17-year-old Flanagan student in the apartment with him as his girlfriend.

That didn’t prevent Velez from being arrested and charged with three counts of sexual battery by an adult on a victim between ages 12 and 18 and one count of being an authority figure engaging in sexual conduct with a student.

Velez’s bond was set at $85,000 after a bond hearing, at which Velez’s attorney argued if this were 60 days in the future, there would be no alleged crime because the alleged victim would be 18.

The state argued that Velez is a teacher who should “be protecting children, not engaging in sexual relationships with them.”

Eric Kauffmann of New Ulm, Minnesota

High school physical education teacher Eric Kauffmann allegedly threatened a teenage boy with great bodily harm or death.

High school physical education teacher Eric Kauffmann allegedly threatened a teenage boy with great bodily harm or death.

DATE OF ARREST: November 4, 2021

PLACE OF OFFENSE: New Ulm High School, New Ulm, MN.

SUMMARY: High school physical education teacher Eric Kauffmann physically grabbed and threatened a minor high school student and threatened the male student with death or great bodily harm. Kauffmann has been charged with one gross misdemeanor and two regular misdemeanors.

REPORTING WEBSITE: KNUJ Radio, New Ulm, MN.

"A New Ulm High School Phy Ed. teacher is facing a gross misdemeanor and two misdemeanors following an incident at the school. Eric Dennis Kauffmann is charged with a gross misdemeanor for the punishment of a child; misdemeanor assault-5th degree-fear of bodily harm or death; and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The charges are related to an Oct. 14, 2021 incident at the high school. According to the police statement, School Resource Officer (SRO) Andrew Achman learned of an incident involving a teacher, Kauffman, putting his hands on a student at New Ulm High School. The victim and two students witnesses spoke with Achman and Principal Mark Bergmann about the incident. Kauffmann was barred from the school campus on Oct. 15 and placed on paid administrative leave. The school district is conducting an ongoing investigation into Kauffmann’s action. Kauffmann’s first court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23."

Ann Barrett of Loudon County, Virginia

School counselor Ann Barrett is alleged to have had a multi-year sexual relationship with a minor student.

School counselor Ann Barrett is alleged to have had a multi-year sexual relationship with a minor student.

DATE OF ARREST: November 4, 2021

PLACE OF OFFENSE: Freedom High School, Loudon County, VA.

SUMMARY: 42-year old guidance counselor Ann Barrett is alleged to have instigated and maintained a sexual relationship with a minor child who attended her high school. The clandestine relationship was apparently maintained for almost three years.

REPORTING WEBSITE: NationalFile.com

"Ann M. Barrett, 42, reportedly turned herself into police at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on Thursday, after being brought up on child sex charges related to an “inappropriate relationship” with a former student at Freedom High School that lasted several years. She was released on a $10,000 bond to await trial shortly thereafter, despite her charges constituting child rape.

The arrest came following an investigation that began in May, with law enforcement finally securing charges against Barrett this week. A victim has not been named, due to the victim’s privacy rights and juvenile status at the time of the alleged crimes.

According to police and local media reports. the predatory “relationship” between the two lasted from 2013 to 2015, during which time Barrett was employed as a school counselor at Freedom High School, though she later moved on to become an eighth-grade counselor at a Loudoun County middle school.

It appears unknown, at this point, if any other Freedom High School students or middle school students were affected by her alleged predatory behavior during her time as a public school employee."

Jossie Calderon Jr. of Miami Lakes, Florida

Math teacher Jossie Calderon Jr. is alleged to have engaged in the physical molesting of two high school girls (minors).

Math teacher Jossie Calderon Jr. is alleged to have engaged in the physical molesting of two high school girls (minors).

DATE OF ARREST: November 12, 2021

PLACE OF OFFENSE: Barbara Golman Senior High School, Miami Lakes, FL.

SUMMARY: 27-year old high school mathematics teacher and chess club advisor Jossie Calderon Jr. was alleged to have physically groped and sexually touched two high school girls, ages 15 and 16. Calderon has been terminated from his teaching position.

REPORTING WEBSITE: NBC 6 of Miami

"A teacher at Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami Lakes was arrested amid allegations that he inappropriately touched multiple female students.

Jossie Calderon Jr., 27, was arrested Friday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child 12-16 years old, two counts of offenses against students by authority figures, two counts of child abuse without great bodily harm, and one count of battery, an arrest report said.

According to the report, a 15-year-old student told her counselor that in October, during a chess club meeting, Calderon rubbed her lower back and buttocks inappropriately.

The girl said it was the second time Calderon had touched her inappropriately, and detailed a time in September when Calderon had touched her thighs and left his hand there for an extended period of time, the report said.

The report said video obtained from the school media center confirmed the girl's allegations.

A second victim, a 16-year-old student, also reported that she was molested by Calderon during a math tutoring class, the report said.

The girl said the incidents happened on two separate occasions while she was in his classroom earning extra credit for math, the report said.

Calderon was booked into jail and later posted bond."

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