Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Female Sex Offenders

Power Differential

Margaret Barraicua
Margaret Barraicua

There was actually a school psychologist who committed this crime as she got sexually involved with a 16-year-old boy, kidnapping him and his sister and giving them alcohol and pot. She was 45, and proceedings against her have yet to be completed.

Even teaching interns get into the act as Margaret de Barraiccua went after a special-ed student — 16 — seducing him in her car where she had her two-year-old child strapped in. The cops saw the steamed-up car behind a school in Sacramento, California, and stepped in, arresting her. Her attorney wanted to reduce the charges to misdemeanors, but the judge rejected his proposal. The intern was sentenced to a year in the county jail on four counts of statutory rape, also receiving five years of probation.

Carol Flannigan
Carol Flannigan

Carol Flannigan, an elementary school teacher in Boca Raton, Florida, apparently approached the 11-year-old son of the man with whom she was having an adulterous affair (both were married), keeping the various sexual encounters separate but maintaining both at once. The boy said that Flannagan's husband was sometimes present. The victim's mother found graphic text messages so had the phone tapped. Flannigan was caught making a deal with the kid to lie for her, and the case was turned over to the police. She received five years in prison as part of a plea deal.

In California, serial predator Sarah Bench-Salorio, 28, had numerous sexual encounters with an 11-year-old student at Santiago Charter Middle School before he ended it. She went on to a new school and took up with another 13-year-old, but this boy confessed the whole thing to his mother. She informed the police, who caught her before she could complete the conquest of yet a third young man, age 13. The second victim testified against her, but she reportedly mouthed "I love you" to him in court. Her M. O. was to send them numerous emails, have them to dinner and gradually get them under her power. She claimed she suffered from bipolar disorder and depression. On September 29, 2005, facing a possible term of 64 years in prison, she pled guilty to 29 lewd acts with the three boys and received three to six years. She will also be required to register as a sex offender. Bench-Salorio was married and had three foster children. She viewed herself as a "good person" who made "terrible mistakes."

Sarah Bench Salorio
Sarah Bench Salorio

Alnora Lone received a nine-year sentence in Georgia for engaging in sex with a 14-year-old. She said that she was drinking on her birthday and made a bad judgment call by getting into bed with the boy. In her own mind, she had harmed him and regretted it. She told the boy's mother, who called the police. Lone said that she had been sexually abused as a child, starting at the age of four, but did not excuse her behavior, which she called "selfish."

Alnora Lone
Alnora Lone

The lists go on and on. In a March 2006 article, on Worldnetdaily.com, there were some 65 brief accounts about known female sexual predators, and Whistleblower magazine recently did a cover story on them. People are becoming increasingly more aware of these incidents in the schools and wondering just what's going on.

And this doesn't just happen in America.

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