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A Kent State University student in Ohio may have ended her teaching career before it even began if allegations of sexual misconduct with a high school student prove to be true.
Allegations have been made against 22-year-old Melanie Yusko, a Kent State University student completing her student teaching at Southeast High School in Ravenna, OH, that she had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old sophomore male student at the school. The story came to light after the boy bragged to a friend about the situation, and then somehow the boy’s mother discovered the information and found texts and calls between the boy and student teacher on his cell phone.
The boy’s mother called the school to inform them of the situation, and Ms. Yusko was immediately removed from her classroom for questioning and to be sent home. The school then called the sheriffs department, child protective services and Kent State to inform them of the situation. Ms. Yusko was arrested and released on $50,000 bond, and is currently serving house arrest.
Ms. Yusko had been student teaching at the high school since Jan., and the allegations say that the relationship with the boy started off innocently, but escalated once the pair began calling and texting one another. Supposedly the relationship culminated in a sexual encounter on April 7th, somewhere off school grounds. She has been charged with sexual battery, which is a third degree felony in Ohio, and could be facing prison time if convicted. She is due in court in Sept.
Kent State University is reviewing if Ms. Yusko will be allowed to graduate as she did not complete her student teaching.
Check out all of the teacher sex scandals of 2009 I covered.