A Peoria high school teacher and his wife are the latest in a long line of Metro Phoenix educators accused in sex scandals involving students.
Brian Woolsey, a 45-year-old Sunrise Mountain High School teacher, has been arrested and charged with 13 counts of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Jennifer Woolsey, 38, also a teacher at the school, faces a charge of failure to report sexual abuse of a minor, as authorities say she was aware of the relationship but never reported it.
The affair between Woolsey and the female student began in January 2010, when she was 15, and lasted three years, Peoria Police Department documents show.
The two had sex between 75 and 100 times at their homes, on school grounds, and in parked cars around the Phoenix area, police say.
In August 2010, Jennifer, a language-arts teacher, found a video recording on the family’s desktop computer that appeared to show the student performing a sexual act on her husband, according to documents. Jennifer confronted the girl and told her to keep the encounter secret, the victim told investigators.
The victim broke off the affair in January 2013, after she turned 18, documents state. Now 21, she filed a police report last week, launching a Peoria police investigation that culminated in the recent arrests of the Woolseys.
Brian was booked into a Maricopa County jail on on $100,000 bond while Jennifer was granted supervised release.
It remains to be seen what will happen to the couple, but if their punishment resembles that of these 10 ex-schoolteachers, it won't be good:
Charles Robson VI
After serving nearly 17 years behind bars for having sex with a 13-year-old student, Charles Innes Robson VI — a former Scottsdale teacher and descendant of one of Mesa’s founding fathers — is set to be released in less than six months. In 1998, Robson, then a 27-year-old married father, was known as the “cool” teacher at Tonalea Elementary School in Scottsdale. He had dyed hair and rode a skateboard to class. Then, a former student initiated a kiss, which Robson escalated to a sexual affair. For the next six months, police say, they had intercourse 42 times and oral sex 20 times before the relationship ended. The affair was uncovered when the girl’s mother found handwritten notes from Robson to her daughter inside the girl’s book bag. He pleaded guilty to child molestation was sentenced to 17 years in prison, which he began serving in June 1999, with no chance for early parole, and was ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to his victim. Robson’s wife, Rochelle, has remained married to him, visiting him in prison. Now 44, Robson — a direct descendant of pioneer Charles I. Robson — is scheduled to be released in March.
Jennifer Mally’s husband divorced her shortly after the former English teacher and cheerleading coach was released from prison for having sex with a 16-year-old student. In 2007, Mally was a 26-year-old married teacher at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix. Text messages between her and the boy about homework led to sexual banter, according to police. During their seven-month relationship, Mally had sex with the boy at both her and his houses. When she was arrested, she denied the sexual relationship. But once confronted with recordings of her talking to the boy about their encounters, she pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual conduct with a minor. During her sentencing in May 2008, her husband spoke on her behalf, describing his wife as the most “selfless person” he had ever known but adding that the affair was a “hard pill to swallow.” Days after her release from prison in October 2008, her husband filed for divorce.
Former Shadow Mountain High School teacher Tom Krepelka has worked as a press operator at a food-product factory in Apache Junction since his release from prison. He served three years for having sex with a 17-year-old student. In 2009, school officials alerted police to suspicions of a possible sexual relationship between Krepelka, then 46, and his female student. A divorced father of three, he later admitted to inappropriately touching the girl in his truck while they were at a park. The science teacher and baseball coach pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempting to commit sexual conduct with a minor. During his incarceration, he worked as a teacher’s aide for an adult literacy program for inmates. He was released in December 2012.
The elementary school teacher is serving a 20-year sentence at Perryville Women’s Prison for "catfishing" a former student in 2009. Posing as a high school cheerleader, Brown seduced the 14-year-old boy through text messages before persuading him to meet for a rendezvous at a hotel, police say. The boy had sex with Brown inside a dark hotel room, but after the encounter, he opened his phone and the light revealed that the alleged cheerleader actually was his 49-year-old teacher at Ed Pastor Elementary School in Phoenix. The boy called his mother, who called police. In court, Brown claimed she seduced the boy to prevent him from having sex with her goddaughter. She eventually pleaded guilty to one count of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of attempted molestation. Brown's scheduled to be released in 2029.
A Catholic school gym teacher who had sex with his 13-year-old student in his office, Carl Mosher is teaching again — behind bars. In December 2010, Mosher, then 32, taught at St. Gregory’s in Phoenix, where began a sexual relationship with an eighth-grade girl. The affair was uncovered when the girl's mother discovered shocking sexual text messages on her daughter’s phone, police say. Mosher later admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl, as well as to performing oral sex on her. He was arrested in early 2011. Mosher pleaded guilty to sexual contact with a minor and was sentenced to 27 years in prison, which he began serving in January 2012. The tutor for other inmates is slated to be released in January 2038, when he will be 59.
Despite the approval of the mother of the 17-year-old girl with whom he was having sex, Jordan Doneskey is serving more than three years in prison because of the affair. In August 2012, at age 26, Doneskey taught English and journalism at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix when he began sleeping with his teenage student. The girl’s mother supported the relationship and let Doneskey have sex with her daughter inside her home. Doneskey later admitted to having sex with the girl at least five times. Doneskey eventually pleaded guilty and began serving his sentence in April 2013 at Eyman Prison. His scheduled release is March 2016.
Convicted for having sex with his 17-year-old student, former band teacher Brian Bizzell now is out of prison. Bizzell began a sexual relationship with his student at Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear. Their discreet rendezvous were uncovered when the girl’s lost phone was discovered by another student and eventually turned over to police. The girl later told police she met Bizzell at 13, but that they didn’t start having sex until she was 17 and he was 35. As their relationship escalated, they often had sex in the high school's band room. Bizzell admitted to having sex with the girl, and, after a deal with prosecutors, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual conduct with a minor. Bizzell was sentenced to one year in jail. He began serving his sentence in March 2013 and was released in July 2014. As part of his probation, he's prohibited from teaching children again.
Nicole Wooten, a former Phoenix physical education teacher, began serving a 20-year sentence earlier this year for sexually abusing a 12-year-old student. Wooten, then 30, was an accomplished teacher at Herrera School for the Fine Arts and Dual Language in Phoenix, where she grew close to the young girl. The girl viewed Wooten as a trusted teacher and role model. In October 2006, Wooten began sexually abusing the eighth-grader, police say. The victim kept it a secret for more than six years before going to police in November 2012. Wooten later admitted to sexual contact with the girl on three separate occasions. Wooten began serving her sentence in January 2015. She is scheduled to be released in February 2033, when she will be 56.
Ronald Henry Harris
Former Glendale teacher Ronald Henry Harris now works in manual labor at the prison he's called home since 2003. At 37, Harris was hired to teach at a Glendale charter school, despite 11 prior misdemeanor convictions. While working as a teacher, he lured two female students to his Chandler apartment, where he had intercourse with the 13-year-old and fondled the 15-year-old, police say. He pleaded guilty to molestation of a child and was sentenced to 19 years. In prison, he’s seen his share of trouble. He's been disciplined five times for fighting and disobeying orders. In prison, he works as a landscaper, welder, painter, and maintenance man. Harris' scheduled release is May 2021. Harris’ arrest led to a change in Arizona law requiring charter school teachers to pass the same background check as teachers at traditional public schools.
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Jeri Deanne Perez
Former Gilbert student teacher Jeri Deanne Perez is teaching behind bars while serving a 10-year-sentence for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old Gilbert boy. At 38, Perez was a Gilbert mother, student at Ottawa University, and part-time teacher at South Valley Junior High School. The boy she abused was a close friend of her son's. Between November and December 2006, Perez engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sexual contact with the boy on six separate occasions, police say. She was arrested in January 2007 and eventually pleaded guilty to three felony counts of attempted sexual contact with a minor.