If you think that paedophiles are all old men that hang around toilet blocks, you’d be wrong.
In the last few years, there has been a lot of media coverage focused on predator adult women – female paedophiles, mainly in the teaching profession.
Female sexual abuse may be scoffed at by some, thinking that young boys are ‘lucky’ to have the opportunity to have sex with their teacher. But that is not the case. Female paedophiles cause just as much shame, humiliation, and long-term damage as male sex offenders.
Most parents trust the teachers of their children at school implicitly — particularly the female teachers. Female paedophiles that are teachers not only show favouritism to their victim or intended victim, but cut breaks on homework, and make threats to fail the child if the abuse stops.
The idea that women are able to sexually abuse children undermined feelings about the way women were supposed to relate to children. The general opinion was that women have roles primarily as caregivers. In this role, they should also be protectors against so-called predatory men. To put women in a sexually aggressive role was disrupting the preconceived notion that a woman is not able physically or morally to commit abuse or rape.
Three researchers made a report in 1995, dividing female sex offenders into four main categories.
The first of these categories of women paedophiles was the “Predisposed Intergenerational”. This is characterised by a lone female perpetrator who has a history of incest with multiple persons.
The second category is that of “Male-Coerced,” a woman who abuses children on behalf of a male partner.
The third category is represented by the “Experimental/Exploiter”. This woman is a lone perpetrator targeting within a babysitting context some young male children.
The fourth category is the “Teacher/Lover”. This is a lone woman perpetrator falling in love with a teenager male.
Female sex offenders differ in several ways from males, besides these categories. When they are serial, they do not abuse the same high number of victims that men do, and women are rarely repeat offenders. Women rarely attack or stalk random teenagers or children. Women offenders often develop or feed off of a so-called relationship to their victim and they consider this relationship as being love. Women sex offenders also end up seeing themselves and their victims on a peer-to-peer basis.
Here is a list of the most notorious female paedophiles in existence to date:
1. Lindsay Massaro
In 2009, 23-year-old Teacher Lindsay Massaro admitted having sexual encounters in her bedroom and in her car with one of her male pupils. Massaro was a teacher at the K-8 Frankford Elementary School in the Sussex County, New Jersey, USA. Massaro was still a student teacher at the time, being a senior at Centenary College in Hackettstown. She was working toward getting her state special education teaching certificate.
Massaro told police investigators that she had a one-week long relationship with her middle school student victim. One of the sexual encounters with her pupil occurred in her car in Branchville. During another encounter, Massaro took the boy to her home in Frankford, where they had sex in her bedroom.
She was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree sexual assault.
The most serious charge was punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Massaro admitted that she had sexual encounters with the boy, but she claimed that it was a “consensual sexual relationship”. As part of a plea bargain agreement, she pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault. The state recommended a parole supervision for life and four-year prison sentence.
2. Cara Dickey
Cara Dickey is another female paedophile who was a teacher from New York who has sexually assaulted one of her students. Horrifyingly, she also made a suicide pact with her victim. After the former 34-year-old teacher was convicted of raping her minor student aged 14, she spent three years in prison before being released to home detention with an ankle bracelet. She then somehow removed the bracelet and disappeared.
At the time of her offense, the former middle school teacher was a married mother-of-three.
Her parole officer had received information not long before her disappearance that Dickey may be involved with another minor. The police suspected she may have run away with one of her other victims. Facing additional prison time, the former teacher was arrested again in Buffalo, in 2015, for parole violations. She has since been released from prison.
Dickey is now a registered sex offender and will remain on probation until 2020.
3. Jennifer Lea Burton
Jennifer Lea Burton was a 39-year-old PE teacher who was accused of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student. The sexual abuse continued for a period of two months. Burton was a coach and teacher at the Orangefield Junior High School. After being charged with three counts of felony sexual assault, Burton resigned from the Southeast Texas middle school where she was teaching. The former teacher was indicted by an Orange County grand jury on three counts of improper teacher-student relationship and on three counts of sexual assault. The felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Burton made a plea deal with prosecutors by pleading guilty to one charge of improper relationship with a student and two charges of sexual assault. The former teacher and coach accepted a 10-year prison time deal offered. However, her attorney Larry Hunter blamed the victim, saying that the 14-year-old female student was not only an active participant but also the real instigator for the sexual contact. But Cory Kneeland, Assistant District Attorney at Orange County made it clear that it is improper and inappropriate to imply a child victim is responsible for this act.
4. Lisa Lavoie
Another female paedophile tis Teacher Lisa Lavoie. In 2008, the former Holyoke middle school teacher was having sex with one of her 15-year-old students. In early 2011, she pleaded guilty to statutory rape and was convinced to five years probation. One of the conditions of her probation was to not have any contact with the boy or his family. However, she was arrested and imprisoned for 18 months in 2012 for breaking that rule.
Lavoie was 26 years old when the sexual asssault was committed. According to the boy’s declaration to the police, their relationship started when he got her mobile phone number. The relationship became sexual after they began texting. The two had left the region together, traveling over multiple states including Vermont, New York, Delaware, and West Virginia. According to the young victim, he and Lavoie have built a deep friendship because both of them had difficult lives.