Most parents would be horrified to find out their 17-year-old daughter was sleeping with her teacher. However, one Valley mom apparently condoned it.
Jordan Doneskey, 26, a teacher at Paradise Valley High School, has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, AZfamily.com reports. The girl's mom was apparently OK with the arrangement, allowing her daughter and Doneskey to have sex in her home. Now the mom has been arrested as well.
School officials contacted Phoenix police Aug. 23, reporting that a teacher was possibly having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Detectives from the Family Investigations Bureau learned that English and journalism teacher Jordan Doneskey had allegedly been having a sexual relationship with the student for several months.
They also found out that the girl's mother allegedly knew about the relationship but did nothing to stop it. Now the mom is facing charges of child abuse and failure to report.
Under Arizona's criminal code, child abuse encompasses any act or failure to act that causes mental or physical injury to a child. If the abuse wasn't intentional but was the result of criminal negligence, as is likely the case with the girl's mom, it's a class 4 felony.
Arizona also has a mandatory reporting law requiring certain people, including parents, doctors, and teachers, to report cases of suspected child abuse to authorities. Mandatory reporters must notify authorities immediately by telephone or in person, disclosing the child's name, age, address, and the extent of abuse. Failure to report an instance of child abuse is a class 1 misdemeanor.
If the student's mom is found guilty of failing to report the abuse, she could face six months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Authorities haven't released the name of the alleged victim's mother in order to protect the victim's identity.
- PD: Mom didn't report daughter's sexual relationship with teacher (CBS 5 News)
- Child Abuse (FindLaw)
- Statutory Rape (FindLaw)
- Goodyear Teacher Sentenced to 1 Year for Sex with Student (FindLaw's Phoenix Criminal Law Blog)