#34: Janelle Batkins


 #32: Janelle Batkins
Name: Janelle Batkins
School: Roseville High School
City: Roseville, MI
Age of Teacher:
42
Age of Student: 17
Rank: 34
Charges:

Felony improper relationship
between an educator and student

Summary:
Janelle Batkins was a French teacher at Roseville High School in Roseville, Michigan. She won the "Teacher of the Year" award in 2002. She was arrested in September of 2007 and charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct for her relationship with a 17-year-old student, her teacher's assistant in French class. Bat
kins, a mother two two children aged 14 and 21, was discovered when the student's mother found evidence of the affair on her son's computer. During a pre-trial hearing, the student testified that one at least one occasion, they were interrupted while having sex by one of Batkins' sons. Batkins pleaded no contest to charges of second-degree criminal conduct, and was placed on three years probation. In March of 2009, she was fined $500 for violating the terms of her probation after attending a high school wrestling match in which her son was competing (the student she slept with was in attendance). Batkins' lawyer claimed that the former teacher's aide was now "stalking her and taking photos of her."

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