Purported Melinda Dennehy photos have the Londonderry School District issue rapid-fire statements. Prior to joining the ranks of bad teachers, Melinda Dennehy stands accused of sending an x-rated photo of herself to a child. She is now on leave with pay. With pay?
Naked Melinda Dennehy Photos (allegedly)
The arrest warrant affidavit accuses Dennehy of “indecent exposure and lewdness.” It asserts that 41-year old Melinda Dennehy, an English teacher at the Londonderry High School, sent a photo of herself – with “genitals exposed” – to a 15-year old child. It is noteworthy that the alleged Melinda Dennehy photo, which is in the possession of the police department, was supposedly positively identified by her co-workers.
Victim allegations reveal that a total of four Melinda Dennehy pictures made it to the juvenile’s Hotmail account. Not surprisingly, the pics soon made the rounds among the child’s friends. Text messages sent to the child by the teacher apparently also offered to perform a sex act. Just as damning is the accusation that she kissed the juvenile on two separate occasions in a classroom at Londonderry High School.
Supposed Melinda Dennehy Pictures Lead to Tepid Official Response
A March 5th press release by School Superintendent Nate Greenberg – and published by the Londonderry Hometown Online News – promises that schools officials will conduct their own investigation. Melinda Dennehy is currently on “administrative leave with pay.” A press release issued by Chief of Police Bill Hart advises that Ms. Dennehy has been released on bail and will be arraigned on April 30th.
What Happens to Bad Teachers?
If the Los Angeles Unified School District is any indication, there is not a lot that happens to bad teachers. An eye-opening investigation by the L.A. Weekly reveals that firing bad teachers – even when parents and school administrators are on board with the idea – can be denied by an overseeing arbitration panel. According to the Los Angeles Times, bad teachers with tenure can take up to five years to remove from the payroll.
It is noteworthy that – much like in the case of the supposed nude Melinda Dennehy pictures purportedly sent to a minor – sexual misconduct and illegal activities are among the firing offenses that nevertheless take years to lead to an actual dismissal. The teachers’ union fires back and warns that easing the process could get “outspoken teachers” to become “victimized.” Then there is the legal (and moral) presumption of innocence.
Does the presence of naughty photos entitle a teacher to a presumption of innocence with continued professional access to children? Should the testimony of minors be sufficient to oust an instructor from the school and payroll? Is it possible that children will fabricate allegations of a sexual nature – complete with doctored text messages and photo proof – to get rid of an “outspoken” or otherwise unpopular teacher?
Londonderry Images. “Supporting Affidavit for Request for Issue Arrest Warrant” (accessed March 6, 2010)
Londonderry Hometown Online News. “Londonderry Teacher Charged with Indecent Exposure and Lewdness” (accessed March 6, 2010)
L.A. Weekly. “LAUSD’s Dance of the Lemons” (accessed March 6, 2010)
Los Angeles Times. “Firing teachers can be a costly and tortuous task” (accessed March 6, 2010)