A 34-year-old elementary school teacher has been charged for engaging in sexual activity with a 12-year old student.
Mississippi teacher Whitney Fair Mullen appeared in court this week on charges of sexual battery of a child and sexual molestation. Reports say that the victim, now 18 years old, recently came clean about the past six years of sexual abuse at the hands of Mullen. Most of the sexual activity allegedly took place at Mullen’s home where he was doing jobs around the house, and the sexual encounters began in 2008 when the boy was just 12 years old. None of the sexual activity occurred at Strayhorn Elementary School, where Mullen worked, reports claim.
The victim’s family reportedly respected the teacher greatly and spent a lot of time with her over the years, completely unaware that she was engaging with the teen sexually.
“Maybe it was a little too naive, I guess is the word, but a terrible price was paid,” said the victim’s father, who wished to remain anonymous, to WMC. “It's impacted his life, from the time he was 12 until now.”
“I just want the parents to know that this could happen to their child,” the father also said. “As a parent you trust preachers, teachers, people of authority you trust with your kids, because they spend more time with them than you do.”
“We made a family decision to come forward with it, because of the fact that there may be other victims or there could be victims out there that we're not aware of,” he added.
Initially, the teacher’s bond was set at $5 million, but it has since been dropped to $250,000.
Mullen has reportedly not been employed at the elementary school for some time now, and she will soon face a grand jury.