#21: Carmina Lopez

 #21: Carmina Lopez
Name: Carmina Lopez
School: Sunnyslope Elementary School
City: Palm City, CA
Age of Teacher:
Age of Student: 11
Rank: 21

40 counts of lewd act with a child, 40 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, continuous sexual abuse of a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age, sexual battery, cruelty to a child, annoying or molesting a child under 18 years of age, 11 counts of failure to report child abuse by a mandated reporter

Carmina Lopez was a 32-year-old fifth-grade teacher at Sunnyslope Elementary School in Palm City, California
. In January of 2009, she was arrested on charges of carrying on a four-year affair with a former student, which began when he was 11 and she was 28. The alleged affair first came to light when the boy received psychological counseling through Child Protective Services. While Lopez claims the boy is mentally disturbed, local police have said the evidence goes far beyond "he said, she said," and that multiple witnesses will back up the boy's claim. Lopez appeared in a pre-trial hearing in March of 2009, during which the boy testified that Lopez would buy gifts for him, but would make him have sexual intercourse with her before he could receive the gifts. As of this writing, Lopez is still awaiting trial.

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