Child Abuse

Female Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Students, So Cue The Victim-Blaming

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teacher-first-dayPeople in authority, regardless of gender, should not be sexually abusing young people in their care. I really should not have to type that sentence, but apparently I do, because another “hot teacher” has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting male teenage students.

According to, 35-year-old Nicole DuFault has been a language arts teacher at Columbia High School for nine years. She has two sons who are two and four years old, and she has been indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault for allegedly having sex with underage students on multiple occasions from 2013 through 2014.

Six alleged victims have reportedly come forward and accused DuFault of sexual assault. They were reportedly between 14 and 15 years old at the time of the alleged incidents, which are alleged to have occurred on school property and in DuFault’s car.

According to Gothamist, the prosecutor says there is video evidence of DuFault performing oral sex on one of the victims. Considering the victims are underage students, that sounds like it would be pretty damning evidence, but DuFault’s lawyer sounds like he is already getting his defense plan together, and it’s a doozy:

“It’s difficult for me to comment without seeing the video,” he said. But, “sometimes a video…doesn’t tell the entire story… If the video depicts certain things happening…that doesn’t mean that my client’s not innocent… for example, she could be the victim… People are victimized by juveniles all the time.”

“People are victimized by juveniles all the time.” That sounds like one of those sentences I have to read out loud five or six times before it starts making sense, but I don’t think that’s going to happen in this case, because that is just appalling. I hope the judge agrees and is not one of those horrible people who say things like 16-year-old girls “groom” their middle-aged teachers for sex.

DuFault is out on bail, though her children are currently in state custody. She is expected to appear in court on March 6.