#22: Margaret De Barraicua

 #22: Margaret De Barraicua
Name: Margaret De Barraicua
School: McClatchy High School
City: Sacramento, CA
Age of Teacher:
Age of Student: 16
Rank: 49

Felony improper relationship between an educator and student

Margaret De Barraicua was a Sacramento, CA, intern teacher at McClatchy High School. She was arrested in February of 2005 after police found her in her car with a 16-year-old male student. Police first responded to the scene after receiving calls about a car parked behind an elementary school. The officer on the scene reported seeing steamed up windows and two people moving around inside. Her infant son was strapped into a safety seat at the rear of the car. De Barraicua eventually pleaded guilty to four felony counts of statutory rape in November of 2005, and was sentenced to one year in jail. Noting during her sentencing that De Barraicua had rejected the student's advances several times before giving in, Superior Court Judge Talmadge R. Jones still stated: "Her moral compass was broken. [She] violated a tremendous trust. If he was messed up before he is probably more messed by this offense."

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