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Teacher Fired For Masturbating In Class

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The latest news headlines pretty much make school sound like the scariest place you can send your child each morning. There are teachers who bully! Teachers who sext! Teachers who drug their students’ milk! But this latest teacher accusation is by far the most cringe-worthy.

Paul LaDuke, a 75-year-old math teacher at Schaumburg Christian School in Illinois, has been fired for masturbating in class. He’s also been charged with sexual exploitation of a child; LaDuke performed the act behind his lectern, beneath a smock, while 13 teenage students in his algebra class – both boys and girls – worked on math problems, reports the Chicago Tribune.

One of the students reported LaDuke to school officials, who immediately removed him from the classroom and fired him (LaDuke had been with the school for 26 years). School administrator Jim Toth said that when confronted, LaDuke said he had unzipped his pants to tuck in his shirt. But after interviewing more students, school officials contacted police, who discovered the possibility that LaDuke had masturbated in his classroom, with students present, multiple times in the last decade (he eventually submitted a handwritten confession). [tagbox tag=”teacher”]

Assistant State Attorney Dave Weiner told police during a court hearing on Wednesday that LaDuke had been “masturbating while fantasizing about various students for the past 10 years.”

The teacher is currently being held in Cook County Jail on $40,000 bail, and he’s been ordered to have no contact with children if released. His attorney, Irving Seidler, said LaDuke shows “some evidence of dementia” and appears “overwhelmed and somewhat confused” by the charges against him. He and his wife, Marylen, have been married for 54 years and have four children, nine children and four great-grandchildren.

(Photo: chicagotribune.com)