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Last month in schoolteachers busted getting busy with their students

It’s a new school year, but some things never change. For example, the national epidemic of schoolteachers having sex with underage students – or oral sex, or nude photo-laden texting sessions — continues unabated all over the country.

The Daily Caller whipped together this slideshow based on teacher-student sex stories that appeared on respectable national and local news websites in September alone.

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  • On Sept. 27, <strong>Malia Brooks</strong>, a former sixth-grade teacher at Garden Grove Elementary School in suburban Los Angeles, was sentenced to six years in prison (with no parole) for performing a number of sex acts on a 12-year-old boy. Brooks, a 32-year-old divorcee with two kids, pleaded guilty, reports KTLA. At a sentencing hearing, the former teacher's mother said Brooks had experienced mental problems, possibly stemming from a rape in Sudan 17 years ago. In 2011, the Ventura County Star featured Brooks as its Cook du Jour for a pasta dish. (Photo: KTLA)
  • <strong>Diana Leigh Farnell</strong>, an English teacher at Union Academy Charter School in Monroe, N.C., was arrested in mid-September and charged for having sex with a 17-year-old male student. The English teacher was allegedly quite the flirt. "When these certain high school boys would come in, she would start getting all lovey with them," an unidentified student who had Farnell as a teacher told Charlotte CW affiliate WCCB. (Photo: Barstool Sports via Facebook)
  • On September 16, former ninth-grade English teacher <strong>Courtney Speer</strong> was sentenced to 15 years in prison (with eight years suspended) for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. The sentence was part of a plea bargain, reports local CBS affiliate KTHV. Speer, 32, had taught at Bryant High School in the nether suburbs of Little Rock, Ark. She had dalliances with the student at her home and also in her car in the high school parking lot. After the story broke, Speer's husband of 10 years filed for divorce. (Photo: Bryant Police Department)
  • <strong>Shannon Cardinal</strong>, a former Spanish teacher at Mayville High School in small-town Wisconsin, was sentenced to two years in prison in September after pleading guilty to sexual assault and child enticement. Cardinal was 43 when she began a relationship with a 16-year-old boy, according to the Fond du Lac Reporter. First it was lunchtime conversations, then the requisite texting and exchanging nude photos, then eventually sexual dalliances. Cardinal's attorney cited marital problems and depression as a partial explanation for her behavior. (Photo: Fond du Lac Reporter screenshot)
  • <strong>Susan Duursma</strong>, a 34-year-old physical education teacher at Wachter Middle School in Bismarck, N.D., faces three counts of corruption of a minor (a class C felony) for engaging in oral sex three times with a 15-year-old male student between March and June. The alleged sex acts occurred once at Coach Duursma's home and twice in a car, reports local ABC affiliate WDAZ. She was arrested on Sept. 20. She faces up to 15 years in prison. (Photo: WDAZ)
  • On Sept. 18, a jury found <strong>Ethel Anderson</strong>, a former teacher at Mango Elementary school in the suburbs Tampa, Fla., guilty of nine sex-crime charges for molesting a 12-year-old student. During math tutoring sessions at her home, Anderson, 31, had a series of sexual dalliances with the boy that included oral sex. At her trial, Anderson testified that the boy instigated sexual relations but she "pushed him off." She explained that 230 pages of raunchy text messages presented by prosecutors were merely "sexual therapy" "to get his attention for the purpose of his education." (Photo: YouTube screenshot via ABC Action News)
  • Former Pasco County, Fla. history teacher <strong>Maryann Verdi</strong> pleaded guilty in September to unlawful sexual activity with a minor and tampering with a witness. She will serve two years in prison. It's been a tough road for Verdi. Her sexual encounters occurred in 2009, with a 15-year-old boy. There was another rendezvous in 2011. The tampering charge came after Verdi, 42, asked the kid to drop the charges using a friend's Facebook account, reports WTSP. In 2010, Verdi was arrested on domestic battery charges. She was also facing termination, anyway, over allegations that she called colleagues "bitches" and talked in class about drugs and previous stints in jail. (Photo: WTSP screenshot)
  • <strong>Kelly Miller</strong>, a former science teacher at East Aurora High School, pleaded guilty on Sept. 17 to a single misdemeanor charge for texting vulgar selfies to a 15-year-old student back in May, reports the Chicago Tribune. The charge against Miller, 34, was forwarding harmful material to a minor. She must serve 18 months of probation, undergo a sex offender evaluation and pay $2,400 in fines and costs. (Photo: Aurora Police Department)
  • <strong>Giovanna Yaranga</strong>, a former Spanish teacher at Burlington High School in Vermont, received a suspended four-year sentence -- so, probation -- for having sex with a teenage student four times—three times in hotels and once at a 1,400-acre working farm that doubles as a tourist site. The mother of two grew up in the hardscrabble slums of Peru. She and the student started to flirt on a summer trip to the South American country in the summer 2012, reports the Burlington Free Press. "I'm not a sexual predator," Yaranga said at her sentencing hearing. "I should have known better. I don't understand why I let this happen." (Photo: Burlington City Police)