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Wendie Schweikert
Wendie Schweikert

The boy was only 11-years-old and he said he was scared. The alleged offender, Wendie A. Schweikert, was 36. A fifth-grade teacher at E. B. Morse Elementary School in Laurens, South Carolina, Schweikert was arrested in February 2006 and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Despite the prosecutor's insistence that she was a danger to the community and a flight risk, according to the associated press, a judge initially set her bond at $100,000.

The victim's mother, horrified over her son's treatment, told the court that he was "terrified that the defendant will go out on bond." She was the one who discovered the abuse after she became suspicious of Schweikert's overly friendly attention to her son. She removed the boy from Scheikert's class, but it was too late, as the alleged incidents — sexual interactions at school — had already happened.

E. B. Morse Elementary School
E. B. Morse Elementary School

The boy told his mother that he and the teacher had engaged in intercourse on her desk in the classroom, as well as two other acts. On one occasion, she had allegedly fondled him when six other students were present. The mother immediately contacted authorities. When the police confronted Schweikert about the allegations, she confessed. They also collected physical evidence from her desk, and she was taken into custody.

While Schweikert's bond was later lowered to $50,000, she faced charges in another county, because she allegedly took the victim to an amusement arena, Frankie's Fun Park, in Greenville, SC and there reportedly performed oral sex on him. Her bond in that county was set at $100,000, and conditions of bail were house arrest and no contact with the victim. Her case has not yet come to court.

State authorities suspended Schweikert's teacher's license, and since she had been employed at the school for nine years, they questioned whether there might have been other such incidents involving her but had turned up no evidence. Schweikert was married and had previously owned a gym for training cheerleaders.

Among the most famous cases is that of the teacher who refused to quit seeing her young lover, destroying her own family and defying society to achieve the ultimate union with him. Despite the attempt to keep them apart, in the end, they got what they wanted.

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