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The seven creepiest teachers who allegedly banged or inappropriately touched their students this week [SLIDESHOW]

It’s somewhat slim pickings this week for teachers getting busted for allegedly having sex with or — in one case — allegedly feeling up and getting high with their students.

Nevertheless, at least seven teachers managed to find their way in the news for such extracurricular activities. The Daily Caller whipped together the slideshow below based on teacher-student sex stories that appeared on respectable national and local news websites this week alone.

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  • Erica DePalo, an English teacher at West Orange High School in suburban New Jersey, pleaded guilty this week to child endangerment for having multiple sexual encounters with a 15-year-old student, reports Northjersey.com. She'll receive a three-year suspended sentence followed by parole for life. DePalo, 33, is the 2011 "Teacher of the Year" for Essex County. When she won the award, she said she represents all teachers "who exceedingly go above and beyond their everyday duties and job descriptions." Photo: Northjersey.com Times File photo
  • Valerie Danielle Sonnier, 30, was sentenced to six years probation and a $1,000 fine last week after pleading guilty to two counts of having an improper relationship with a student, reports the Beaumont Enterprise. Sonnier had been a former teacher at Community Christian School, a prekindergarten-to-12th grade, nondenominational school in Orange, Texas. Photo: Beaumont Enterprise
  • LaShawn Simmons, a former middle school math teacher at Beverly Hills Intermediate School in suburban Houston, was charged this week with having improper relations with at least four high school students, reports KPRC. Simmons, 41, was apparently busted after parents of one of the students discovered unseemly Facebook messages involving the teacher. Photo: KPRC screenshot
  • A Kansas middle school teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of indecent liberties with a child -- in this case, a 15-year-old boy with whom she carried on a yearlong dalliance, reports KSAL, a local radio station. Cathleen Balman, 40, was a language arts teacher at Clearwater Middle School in the nether reaches of suburban Wichita. She was fired less than a week after her arrest in 2011. Photo: KSAL
  • Former special education teacher Lianne Marie Trout, 27, was sentenced to 185 days in jail on Friday for unlawful sex with a minor and oral copulation with a 16-year-old male student at Mt. Whitney High School in Calfornia's San Joaquin Valley, reports the Fresno Bee. She must also register as a sex offender. The student had been a student of Trout's, notes the Daily Mail. Photo: Daily Mail
  • Katherine Manuselis, a high school teacher in Baker, Louisiana (near Baton Rouge) allegedly touched two male students inappropriately and sent one of them a suggestive text message, reports The Advocate. Police say she also bought marijuana from a 17-year-old boy and then got high with him and an 18-year-old girl. The 34-year-old teacher has been arrested and charged with over 30 counts including indecent behavior with a juvenile and illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor. Photo: The Advocate
  • A west Tennessee school board has voted to sack 33-year-old middle school teacher Abby Hooper this week. While details are sketchy, Hooper faces criminal charges stemming from a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy that occurred in the fall, reports the Jackson Sun. Hooper had been suspended without pay, notes WBBJ. Photo: WBBJ