Freeport, TX: Another day, another young female teacher arrested for having sex with one of her underage students. It has never been a better time to be a 17-year-old guy. Nikki Scherwitz, 25, was charged with sexual assault of a 10th grade student at the school she taught at.
Full details were not available, but the district did confirm they received a report of misconduct on April 22. It reportedly involved Scherwitz while she was in the presence of students at an off-campus event that was not school-sponsored. Campus officials launched an investigation. The accused teacher reportedly resigned the same day she was approached about the matter.
The Freeport Police Department is handling the investigation. Scherwitz is out on a $50,000 bond.
Louisville, KY: Police say that 50-year-old Jeffrey Wagner admitted to smoking crystal meth before going into a Burlington Coat Factory store and having a feast. Store employees told police they found Wagner in the shoe section chowing down on carpet lint.
He allegedly said he was “eating sparkles,” WHAS 11 reported.
Police arrived at the scene, and say Wagner was carrying Lortabs, a bag of crystal meth, a bag of mysterious white powder and a bag of unidentified pills. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.
St. Petersburg, FL: Jarvis Sutton, 34, was arrested Sunday for allegedly called 911 operators 80 times wanting “Kool-Aid, burgers and weed to be delivered to him,” the Associated Press reports.
Instead, officers delivered him to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was booked on charges of misusing the 911 system, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Sutton may have been suffering from the worst case of the munchies ever. Arresting officers noted that he kept chewing on the foam attached to the metal caging in the back of the police cruiser, NBC Miami reports.
Sutton remains in jail on $150 bail. This visit marks his seventh visit to jail in the last two years, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Newark, NJ: What the heck is going on here, and why wasn’t it going on when I was in high school? A former “teacher of the year” who admitted having sex with a 15-year-old male student in 2011 will avoid serving time in prison as information surfaced Monday about her mental health.
Erica DePalo, pictured above, was charged in 2012 with aggravated sexual assault and could have faced 10 years in prison if convicted. Under terms of her plea agreement, she received a three-year suspended sentence and will be subject to lifetime parole supervision. She will also have to forfeit her teaching certificate and register as a sex offender.
The 33-year-old said in court, “I apologize to those who were indirectly or directly affected by my conduct.”
The former teacher pleaded guilty in February to child endangerment and admitted having a relationship with the boy, who was in her honors English class at West Orange High School in central New Jersey.