Amanda Quinonez, a 30-year-old teacher from Los Angeles, is in trouble with the law for “lewd acts” with a male student.
Quinonez, who is also a water polo coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, was arrested after allegedly texting the student “explicit photos of a sexual nature.”
Quinonez was released on $50,000 bond and has since been placed on leave.
The 30-year-old has worked at the Los Angeles school since 2016 as a language arts teacher, along with coaching the boys and girls water polo teams. An investigation from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is ongoing.
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Over the course of the past year alone, a handful of teachers have been arrested on similar charges, including 25-year-old substitute teacher Alexis Mercedes Boberg in Baltimore, Beulah High School teacher Kelsie Schmidt in North Dakota, Rancocas Valley Regional High School teacher Alexandra Reiner in New Jersey, and 50-year-old Florida substitute teacher Angela Jean Stanton in Florida. Additionally, Texas teachers Meredith Null and Edna Longoria were arrested on similar charges.
As for why the number of these incidents has seemingly increased, studies suggest that smartphones are the primary reason for the spike in illicit relationships, as it allows teachers to communicate with the minors without supervision.
According to a report from the Texas Education Association, smartphones make it easy for teachers to privately text and talk with students and also make it possible for teachers and students to share explicit images.