Van Halen once sang about being “hot for teacher,” but sometimes it’s the other way around. When educators abuse their positions of power in order to creep on students, nobody learns a thing. In this gallery, we’ll cover 10 of the creepiest teachers of all time. These pedagogues are more like pedophiles, so it might be better to skip school if you wind up in one of their classrooms.
Mary Kay Letorneau
One of the most famous teaching perverts of all time, Mary Kay Letorneau earns a place on this list for her sheer commitment to kiddy-diddling. When teaching at a middle school in Des Moines, Wash., she began a sexual relationship with 13-year-old Vili Fualaau. Her husband, freaked out by the whole deal, turned her in. She got six months in jail with the agreement that she would not see Fualaau again. Then she got busted the very next year having sex with him (still underage) in her car. She got seven and a half years in jail and gave birth to Fualaau’s daughter while incarcerated. Letorneau got out of jail in 2004 and married Fualaau in 2005. They now make a little extra money hosting “Hot for Teacher” nights at Seattle clubs.
This sicko isn’t just perverted, he’s really weird. A Scottish music teacher, Bradford spent a year on a short-term contract in Canada, and while he was there, he indulged his bizarre food fetish. After teaching, Bradford would go home, switch on his webcam and cyber with girls, many younger than the age of consent. And his requests to these young women were totally demented. He asked them to smear ketchup on their faces, break eggs over their heads and pour sour milk down the fronts of their pants. He also tried to get girls to put cream pies into his underwear. When officials complained, Bradford was summarily stripped of his teaching license.
Pamela Rogers Turner
One thing that’s notable about so many of the cases in which female teachers get frisky with male students is that these women aren’t horrific, deformed hosebeasts. In the case of Pamela Rogers Turner, she was attractive enough to be voted Ms. Monday Nitro on World Championship Wrestling’s popular Spring Break program. But the Tennessee gym teacher just couldn’t keep her hands off of one of her 13-year-old students, and she was sentenced to nine months in jail and stripped of her teaching certificate. Right after she finished her jail time, she was busted again for texting the boy and sending him sexy videos, and she was put back in the pokey for seven years. She then got two more years for sending him nude photos of herself from jail. Lady, give it a rest!
As we learned from the Jerry Sandusky debacle, sometimes schools are so desperate to protect their reputations that they let perverted teachers interfere with children freely just to avoid confronting the issue. That happened in Birmingham, England, as sicko Nigel Leat allegedly sexually molested kids in his care from 1998 to 2012. The people in charge gave nasty Leat the leeway to interfere with kids as young as 6 for more than 15 years, issuing 30 verbal warnings but taking no other action as child after child complained. Leat even filmed his grotesque liaisons, filling up 20 USB drives with the harrowing footage before cops finally took him down.
Melissa B. Gray
Most of these perverted teachers try to keep their conquests to themselves, but in the case of Alabama Catholic-school teacher Melissa “Missy” Gray, she wanted to share. She got busted for trying to set up a sex party with herself, two kids, and a pervert from Florida with whom she’d been swapping child pornography. Gray met the man, Jonathan Daniel Bervig, in a chat room, and the pair quickly bonded over their love of child rape. Then Gray dosed two 7-year-old girls she was watching with Benadryl (one was a relative) and invited Bervig over to “play.” Fortunately, cops busted Bervig. They used his email to track down Gray and put her behind bars as well. The children were not harmed.
Georgia elementary-school teacher Harlan Porter didn’t interfere with any kids, but he’s still not a guy you’d want teaching your little ones. One afternoon after the last bell at B.C. Haynie Elementary School in Morrow, Ga., Porter decided to go for a little walk down the hall -- completely naked. When administrators called the cops to deal with the nude man in their school, Porter explained to them that he had “achieved a new level of enlightenment,” and talked about how his third eye was now open. Some claim that what set the formerly vegan teacher off was his lunch at Taco Bell that day. That’s a strange path to enlightenment.
Teachers use their control over students to do all kinds of gross stuff, but few are as disgusting as California elementary-school teacher Mark Berndt. Over a period of years, Berndt got his jollies by playing the “tasting game” with as many as 23 students, boys and girls alike. What was the horrid game, you ask? Berndt would blindfold the kids and make them eat his semen, either by the spoonful or on a cookie. When a photo-lab technician noticed a creepy kid picture in a roll he was developing, he called the cops and they busted the monster. The FBI is now investigating allegations that school administrators knew about Berndt’s gross acts for more than 20 years and did nothing, and this year the entire faculty and staff of the school were fired.
English teacher Leonora Rustamova didn’t ever lay a hand on a student, but she sure creeped on them in her fantasies. In an attempt to academically engage five underachieving boys in her class, “Miss Rusty” started to write a novel starring fictionalized versions of them. It worked, but that might have been because the book was full of salacious sexuality. It includes the kids practicing “orgasmic moans” and compares them to “handsome Mr. Gay U.K. finalists.” Needless to say, once it got out, Rustamova was summarily dismissed from her job.
I've never understood why sex education is taught in school. Is it just because parents are lazy? When you let some other adult explain the birds and the bees, all sorts of bad stuff can happen. Case in point: Dyrel Bartee, teacher at Grover Cleveland High in Queens, N.Y. During a presentation on childbirth, Bartee got up on his desk in front of his class and spread his legs wide open, massaging his crotch and talking about how much doctors “like to put their fingers inside women.” He also acted out the effects of venereal disease. Students complained and Bartee was fired and then banned from teaching anywhere in New York City.
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Shawnee, Okla., teacher Kimberly Crain used her classroom as a cattle call, selecting the most attractive third-grade girls and plying them with pizza parties and alcohol to take their clothes off and pose for pornographic pictures. Even grosser, Crain would have the girls engage in sexy Skype calls with a man they called “Uncle G,” who turned out to be Gary Doby, a retired professor of early childhood development. Crain would also make the girls watch Doby masturbate on the computer screen, and threaten them with horrible things if they told their parents. The pair also set up hidden video cameras to film the girls changing clothes. Cops followed a tip and raided Crain’s home, finding tons of illegal smut and busting both her and Doby.