We’ve been reporting on teachers sleeping with students for almost ten years, but I swear it seems as if it’s becoming more common. So much so that I now have to choose which teacher story I want to write up.
Today I chose not to go with the Oklahoma teacher who followed a student 650 miles to have sex, and decided on 32-year-old Mary Faith McCormick. She’s the married teacher who just got busted having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student.
According to the affidavit, the sexual relationship between the two began after a friend of the 13-year-old dared him to contact McCormick. He did, and McCormick reciprocated.
The relationship eventually turned into a sexual one with the two having sex on at least two occasions between June and August. On one of these occasions, the boy and a friend went over to McCormick’s apartment to watch a movie where the 13-year-old had sex with McCormick in her bedroom.
The two were busted mainly because of their Snapchat activity. McCormick and the boy would send each other pictures of their genitalia, and a 12-year-old female friend of the boy found some of these pictures after borrowing his phone. One picture included McCormick in a towel with wet hair showing her breasts. The accompanying text stated, “I’m not dirty anymore.”
Siloam Springs detectives began investigating McCormick earlier this month and ended up confiscating USB thumb drives, an Apple iPad, two Apple iPhones and a desktop computer. Police searched McCormick’s Snapchat account and would find multiple photographs and videos of the 13-year-old.
Since sex with a 13-year-old in Arkansas is illegal, even if consensual, McCormick was arrested and charged with felony rape. She’s was released from jail the next day after posting $50,000 bond. She’s been suspended with pay from her job as a sixth-grade teacher at Siloam Springs Intermediate School pending the outcome of the investigation.
McCormick’s next court date is set for September 22.
I get affairs. Right or wrong, I understand why people have them… with other consenting adults. I will never understand people willing to end their marriage, relationships with friends and family, professional career and freedom — all for some underage strange.