A married school teacher accused of having sex with four of her pupils has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child.
26-year-old Jessie Goline, a former art teacher at Marked Tree in Arkansas, America, will have to register as a sex offender after accepting a plea deal.
Pleading guilty to sexual indecency with a child, Goline was sentenced to 42 months probation after her admission.
She was arrested in September after the Arkansas State Police were alerted to reports she had sexual relationships with several students.
As reported by Arkansas Online, Goline admitted to school officials she had sex with four pupils, two of which she took to her apartment on the same night.
The incidents reportedly happened between January and April of 2016 with one of the teenagers being under the age of 18 at the time.
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The students claim they had started texting Goline with the conversations becoming increasingly sexual over time.
One pupil alleged he was dropped off by a friend at Goline’s apartment in Jonesboro where the pair had sex.
Another said Goline picked him up one afternoon and took him to her apartment before dropping him off back home later in the day.
According to WREG, investigations into Goline began last April when staff at Marked Tree High School learnt a concerned parent was threatening to ‘do bodily harm to one of their teachers’.
This parent had accused Goline of having sex with several students with the encounters allegedly taking place at her home.
When she was called into the principal’s office, Goline reportedly starting crying, shaking her head replying ‘no, no’ several times before later admitting to the allegations.
Prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington admitted he was not surprised by Goline’s case as there have been several recently where female teachers had sexual relationships with students.
For some reason, it seems to be kind of an epidemic among mid-20s to late-30s females that are getting in this cycles with these young men.
Earlier this month 27-year-old teacher Brittany Zamora was arrested for sexual misconduct, allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old student.
Zamora, who worked as a sixth-grade teacher at the Las Brisas Academy in Goodyear, Arizona, is currently under investigation by the police after the boy’s mother saw explicit messages on her son’s phone.
Police state the messages ‘indicate sexual activity’ which allegedly took place both on and off campus.
She now faces several charges including nine counts of sexual conduct wit ha minor, one count of furnishing harmful material and two counts of molestation of a child.
The school district released a statement to 12 News following news of the arrest:
It read in full:
In the late evening of March 21, 2018, a parent at Las Brisas Academy reported an allegation involving a staff member and a student. We immediately reported the incident to local law enforcement.
The investigation is in its preliminary stages and as more information becomes available, we will update you.
While employee privacy law does not allow us to comment on the employee issues, we have taken the corrective steps to separate the students and staff member and have reported the incident to the Goodyear Police Department for investigation.
The safety of our students is our number one priority. Transparency is equally important. We are fully cooperating with the Goodyear Police Department and will comment further at the appropriate time.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. If you are a child seeking advice and support call Childline for free on 0800 1111.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.