Tennille Whitaker Elko County, Nevada teacher is arrested after allegedly maintaining sexual relationships with two male students over the course of two years.
Also joining the ever expanding legion of female teachers sexually preying on teen student boys is 40 year old Elko County, Nevada woman, Tennille Whitaker.
The woman’s arrest comes after it was revealed the Wells Elementary School teacher illicitly maintaining two sexual relationships with two teen boys over the course of two years. More victims are believed to exist.
Upon being taken into custody on June 5, the married elementary teacher was charged with eight counts of sexual conduct between a school employee and a pupil.
According to Elko County Undersheriff Ron Supp, the teacher engaged two alleged victims between the ages of 16 and 18 who were high school students at the time the contact occurred.
A report via elkodaily told of Whiaker working with the school district full time for 11 years. She was released from jail Tuesday afternoon on $160,000 bail.
Told Elko County School District Superintendent Jeff Zander: ‘The teacher has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending full investigation and we’re fully cooperating with the sheriff’s office to facilitate the investigation,’
Adding, ‘The Elko County School District takes this very seriously and we have policies in place to prohibit this type of conduct. As I stated earlier, the safety of our students is the highest priority.’
The school district plans to keep Whitaker on paid administrate leave to prevent her from trying to return to work before the investigation is complete.
A report via ktvn told of the alleged incidents occurring over a two-year span, with some incidents occurring on school grounds.
Matters came to the fore last October when the Elko County Sheriff’s Department received a tip from a concerned parent who’d observed Whitaker behind closed classroom doors with a student, leading into an investigation.
The school district began conducting its own investigation in February, speaking to teachers and faculty at Wells Combined School. Students who were interviewed claimed they were unaware of any sexual activity between Whitaker and students.
Despite no charges pending, the school district issued a written warning to Whitaker reinforcing the district’s policy regarding professional boundaries between staff and students.
Both the sheriff’s and the school district’s investigations met with resistance.
‘Nobody was really willing to testify or give a statement that said ‘yes, this happened,’’ Zander said.
Supp said the investigation is ongoing and wanted to encourage anyone with more information to reach out.
‘At this point in the investigation we have two students that have been involved but we think there are possibly more,’ he said. ‘The investigation is still ongoing so we would ask anybody that has any further information on any possible victims or anybody that has any information to contact our detective division at our sheriff’s office.’
Conceding that there had been reticence from students to step forward, the sheriff’s department said it had to gather a lot of information on its own.
Clandestine investigations led to the eventual revelation that Whitaker maintaining contact with her alleged male student victims on social media in violation of the school district’s policy prohibiting online communications between students and staff.
Reiterated Supp: ‘A lot of these particular issues that we’re dealing with have to do with social networking and relationship-building from a social networking side of things’.
In the interim, the sheriff’s department is still looking to get people to come forward regarding any inappropriate interaction Whitaker may have had with students and the existence of further victims