A Connecticut high school teacher has been arrested on charges of having sex with a special education student. Laura Ramos, 31, a special education teacher at Central High School turned herself in after a warrant was issued for her arrest, reports the Connecticut Post. The Post article says that Ramos confessed to having sex with a special education student several times in her car. The student is 18 years old. In response to the scandal, Ramos has been placed on leave.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. A Student Told Police He Often Saw Ramos & the Victim ‘Making Eyes at Each Other Like Flirting’
The investigation into Ramos began on June 9, according to the Connecticut Post report. A teacher had initially told principal Eric Graf that the married Ramos was having sex with a student. That teacher had been told of the relationship by a different student. That student was also apparently in a texting relationship with Ramos.
That student said Ramos referred to the victim as “her guy” and complained that “her guy” wanted to break it off with her. The student added that he regularly saw Ramos and the victim “making eyes at each other, like flirting.”
News 12 Connecticut, citing court documents, reports that the relationship “started with flirting and progressed into sexual intercourse.” That report adds that Ramos had her victim listed as “Bro” on her cellphone.
2. Ramos Is a Zumba Dance Instructor
Until news of her arrest was made public, Ramos had a profile at the website for the Lorraine Judd Dance Center in Seymour, Connecticut. That bio said that Ramos studied dance at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York as well as a certificate from the Dance Teacher’s Club in Boston. Ramos is a Zumba instrcutor and a cheerleading coach.
Ramos got her teaching qualifications from Southern Connecticut State University with a Master’s in special education. Ramos is certified to teach children with autism.
Ramos is a resident of Pond Point Avenue in Milford, Connecticut.
3. Ramos Is Also Accused of Asking a Student to Buy Weed for Her
When first confronted about her relationship with the victim, Ramos allegedly spoke of the pair’s close friends ship. News 12 Connecticut reports that it went so far that Ramos was bringing homemade sandwiches and fruit in for her victim.
A different witness told authorities, according to News 12, that Ramos had asked him “to buy, find and roll marijuana” for her.
A former student of Ramos’ told News 12 of her anger at the situation, Ashley Hogan said, “I was very, very, very frustrated, very angry, disappointed, upset. This situation should have been dealt with properly. I feel like this situation was not handled properly at all.”
4. Ramos Could Be Looking at 10 Years in Prison
After initially denying the relationship, Ramos later admitted that she had been having sex with her victim from December 2016 until April 2017, reports the Connecticut Post. Ramos is free on a $50,000 bail and will be back in court on June 28 in Bridgeport. If convicted on charges of second-degree sexual assault, Ramos could face 10 years in prison.
Her lawyer, Edward Gavin, told the Post, “She is cloaked in the presumption of innocence, and we look forward to obtaining all the investigative reports so that we can offer the appropriate defense.”
The Harford Courant reports that the case is being investigated by the Bridgeport Police Department, the school district and Central High School’s resource officer.
5. Female Educators Make Up a Small Fraction Teacher/Student Sexual Assault Convictions
Slate reported that female educators make up 4 percent of convicted rapists in teacher/student scandals in 2006. While in 2016, former Department of Education chief of staff, Terry Abbott, wrote in the Washington Post that teacher/student sex scandals were on the rise. For example, in Kentucky in 2011, the state saw the number of teacher/student sexual relationships nearly double.
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