#14: Traci Tapp

#14: Traci Tapp
Name: Traci Tapp
School: Hammonton High School
City: Hammonton, NJ
Age of Teacher:
Age of Student: 15
Rank: 14

Harassment by offensive

Traci Tapp was a gym teacher at Hammonton High School in Hammonton, NJ. According to a Rolling Stone article about her, she was "attractive and outgoing, and "among the most popular instructors at Hammonton High." She began a relationship with 15-year-old star wrestler Jason Eickmeyer in 2003. Tapp told Eickmeyer the two would live together after Eickmeyer graduated from high school. Tapp had apparently already done this once. She had lived with former student Fred Long in 2001, another relationship that began after Long graduated. Two other students also told police they had had sexual contact with Tapp. In February, 2006, Tapp pleaded guilty to "harassment by offensive touching," a misdemeanor that carries no jail time. She was fined $225. Her story would eventually land in the pages of the January, 2009 Rolling Stone, "Sex, Lies and Phys Ed," and spark a debate about how the criminal justice system and society at large views female teachers who cross the line with male students.

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