Two teachers, man and a woman, who taught at separate schools in Las Vegas and in Henderson have been arrested for having sex separately and together with a 16 year old student.
Bambi Dewey 32 years of age and a teacher at Brown Junior High School and John Stalmach , a 31 year old teacher at Jack Dailey Elementary School were arrested for 2 counts each of solicitation of a minor 14+ to engage in crimes against nature.
Stalmach previously had been at teacher at both Brown Junior High School and Basic High School
My News 3 reports that Stalmach has also been charged with other sex crimes having to do with sexual conduct between certain school employees or volunteers and pupils.
It appears that Dewey and Stalmach are a couple and share a home together.
They are accused of having sex with a 16 year student who was a student at Brown when both Dewey and Brown taught there.
Online records show that both are being held on $20,000 bond, however there are reports that due to the other changes against Stalmach, he is actually being held on a bond of $60,000.
Whether or not the relationship was consensual, there are laws in Nevada strictly prohibiting these types of relationships.
Although the age of consent in Nevada is 16, that has no bearing in this case since Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 201.550 prohibits sexual contact between students and school employees. There is an exception if the teacher and school employee are married and if the student is 18 years of older.
In June, a once well-regarded softball coach at Silverado High School in Henderson was arrested on similar charges.
In that case Albert Hernandez allegedly had a consensual relationship with a 16 year old student and was also charged with charged with the production and distribution of child pornography.
Teacher student relationships seem to be on the rise and Nevada is not the only state affected.
Charlie White of Mashable says, “Teachers and students usually shouldn’t be friends, anyway, so on the surface this sounds like a good idea” regarding opposed legislation in Missouri aimed at limiting social interactions between teachers and students on social networks.
Parental involvement and knowledge of their child’s activities may be the single best preventive measure.