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California High School Teacher Arrested for Alleged Sex with Student

Jetta Productions(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A California high school teacher is under investigation after her arrest on charges that she allegedly had sex with a student.

Megan Denman, 29, a social sciences teacher at Fresno’s Hoover High School, was arrested Monday on one count of sex with a minor and two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18, according to  the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno United School District.  

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The investigation is ongoing, and no evidence has emerged that other students were involved or that any illegal activity took place on school property.

Denman was released from Fresno County Jail Tuesday evening, according to ABC News affiliate KFSN.

“As we all know, there have been incidents throughout the state of teachers taking advantage of the student-teacher relationship,” said Fresno Unified Superintendant Michael Hanson said in a news release.  “Unfortunately, we have learned of an alleged inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student in our own district.  Words cannot describe my deep disappointment in this alleged breach of teacher-student relationship. ”

Denman has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Cincinnati Ben-Gals Cheerleader and Former Teacher Charged for Alleged Affair with Student

ABC News(EDGEWOOD, Ky.) -- Kentucky police are calling a personal foul against a high school teacher who moonlighted as a Cincinnati Ben-Gal. Her offense: having sex with an underage student.

Sarah Jones, 26, was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts. Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in November at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky.

"We were made aware of allegations of inappropriate relations between a teacher and an underage student at the school," said Edgewood Police Chief Anthony Kramer. "We have been conducting an investigation since that time."

Jones, a former freshman English teacher at the high school and current cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, stepped down from her position at the school in November after the investigation began, citing "personal reasons."

The grand jury also handed down a federal charge against Jones' mother, Cheryl Jones, for allegedly tampering with physical evidence in her daughter's case. Both Jones and her mother refused to comment, but Tim Jones, Cheryl's husband and Sarah's father, said the family was shocked by the charges against his wife.

"This just happened yesterday, so there has been no time for us to prepare," Tim Jones said. "We don't even know what [Cheryl's] charges consist of, so it's impossible for us to comment." Tim Jones said the family had no comment on the charges his daughter is facing.

Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey, superintendent for the Kenton County School District, said Cheryl Jones, principal at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, Ky., was placed on administrative leave after Thursday's indictment. She said the central office is cooperating with police, but are not conducting a separate, internal investigation.

"We were notified in November about the allegation against Miss Jones, but were surprised by the charge against her mother," Cox-Cruey said. "As teachers, there is a certain code of ethics, and it is very uncommon for teachers to break that standard. We will have to wait to see how the details of the investigation unfold before I can comment on what her position will be with the school."

But this isn't Sarah Jones's first appearance in a Kentucky courtroom. In 2010, Jones sued for defamation of character after a photo of her and former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham appeared on the gossip website, along with comments that Jones had a sexually transmitted disease and had had sex in her classroom. Jones said she emailed the site multiple times, pleading with them to take down the photo.

"To stand in front of 30 15-year-olds and tell them you don't have STDs and that you are not a slut is the hardest thing you will ever have to do," she told ABC News' Chris Cuomo in a 20/20 interview.

A federal judge in Kentucky awarded Jones an $11 million default judgment for defamation in the case, but litigation is scheduled to continue June 4 in Covington, Ky.

An arraignment for both Sarah and Cheryl Jones is scheduled for Monday. If convicted, the women could spend at least five years in prison for each charge.

A representative from the Bengals organization could not be reached for comment.

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Woman Passes Love Note in Burrito to Alleged 13-Year-Old Sex Assault Victim

Cleveland County Police(NORMAN, Okla.) -- A 37-year-old nurse who allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old boy was arrested again this week after sending him a love note wrapped in a burrito, police said.

Amy Blose, a married mother from Norman, Okla., allegedly asked a classmate of the boy to bring him a breakfast burrito she purchased from a restaurant with a note stuck in the wrapper that read, "Hey babe, I love you forever."

Blose had been ordered not to have any contact with the boy, who was the initial alleged victim in the statutory rape case, or anyone younger than 18. Blose, who knew her victim because her children are close in age, was arrested in April after the boy's parents witnessed him getting into her vehicle and contacted police.

Interviews with the boy and his friend showed that Blose and the boy had allegedly engaged in sexual acts multiple times and that Blose had sent him explicit photos of herself. She admitted to police that she sent text messages to the boy that could be misconstrued as sexual in nature, officials said.

Police learned last week that Blose had written the note inside the wrapper of a Sonic breakfast burrito -- the boy's favorite breakfast -- and allegedly asked a 15-year-old girl to give it to him at school. When the boy received the burrito, he notified his parents, who contacted police.

Judge Michael Tapper ordered Blose to be held without bail until November, when a preliminary hearing for her trial has been set.

She faces charges of three counts of rape in the first degree, victim younger than 14; three counts of forcible oral sodomy, victim younger than 16; one count of lewd or indecent acts to a child younger than 16; and one count of performing lewd acts in the presence of a child younger than 16.

She could face a life sentence if convicted on the most serious counts.

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Connecticut Babysitter’s Journals Detail Sexual Relationship with Teen

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SOUTHINGTON, Conn.) -- Journal entries written by Loni Bouchard, the 20-year-old Connecticut babysitter facing sexual assault charges, reveal more details of  the sexual relationship she told police she had with a 14-year-old boy she was hired to babysit.

In the entries, quoted in an arrest warrant released earlier this week and obtained by ABC News, Bouchard chronicled how her friendship with the unnamed victim, who lives in Southington, Conn., evolved into a romance in the early months of 2011.

She writes explicitly about alleged sexual encounters with the teen, calling one instance “the best I’ve ever had,” and professes her love for him, despite the potential consequences.

“I know there is a 5-year age difference, but why does it have to matter?” she writes. “I don’t care about the law.  I just want to be with him and not have to hide it.”

Bouchard appeared in court on Monday following her arrest on July 12 after a three-month investigation by the Clinton, Conn., Police Department. She was charged with second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and illegal purchase of liquor.

According to the warrant, the victim’s mother hired Bouchard in December 2010 to babysit for her children, and would frequently let her stay at their home overnight.

But in April 2011, the victim’s mother discovered Facebook messages between Bouchard and her son, who admitted to the sexual relationship and told her he had been given alcohol and marijuana by Bouchard and her mother, Kimmy, while he was at their home in nearby Clinton.  The mother then told Bouchard she was no longer allowed to contact her son, and filed a restraining order against her.

Bouchard provided a statement to police admitting to the relationship with the victim and acknowledging its illegality.  She also admitted to having sexual relations with another teenage boy, according to the warrant.  That boy’s parents would not allow him to speak with investigators.

Kimmy Bouchard was also arrested and charged with providing marijuana and alcohol to the teen.

Both women are scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 3.

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