A former teacher at Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio had a 3 year sexual affair with a teenage boy she met when she was his eighth grade English teacher.
Laura Lynn Cross, 36, resigned from her teaching position in January, 2015. She was indicted on 3 counts of sexual battery over a period beginning on August 1, 2013 through September 6, 2016, reported News 5 Cleveland.
The teen’s father raised concerns to both a Buchtel High School official and Tallmadge Police as early as 2012 when his son was a freshman–but no charges were filed at the time.
Charges were filed only last week after police learned that Cross and the teen had a child together in 2015 that was kept secret until a tipster called the teen’s father and broke the news.
“It was a straight failure from the system,” said the teen’s father. “From the school and definitely from the police.”
“Everbody I talked to was frank with me that my son was having sexual relationships with this woman, with a teacher.”
“She had a hold on my son and [the police] told me he’s not co-operating with us so we no can do nothing with it.”
“First of all, she’s a schoolteacher,” said the teen’s father. “To get aroused by a child basically you have to be a sick individual.”
Cross was able to convince the teen’s mother, who had custody, to allow the him to move in with her in her Tallmadge home through a court approved “partial parental custody” arrangement. That allowed her to continue to “mentor” him.
An Akron School System spokesperson said the district was unaware of the case until our investigation alerted them but said it is now “doing our own internal investigation going back to 2012 to determine what exactly happened and when it happened”
Cross is currently being held in the Summit County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)