Child Sex Crimes by Educators Increasing, Especially at This High School

In 2022, over 350–at least one each school day– kindergarten through 12th-grade educators were arrested on child sex crimes.

Educators arrested for child sex crimes.

These American educators included:

• five principals,

•three assistant principals, 

•290 teachers,

• 27 substitute teachers,

• 25 teachers’ aides.

At least 262 of the arrests, or 75%, involved alleged crimes against students.

The actual number of such cases is likely much higher. According to estimates by some advocacy groups, 95% of educator sexual misconduct cases are handled internally and not reported to law enforcement or reported by the media.

Yucaipa High School

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at Chicago Public Schools indicate their Sexual Allegations Unit (SAU) received 447 allegations of adult-on-student sexual misconduct in 2022, ranging from inappropriate touching to sexual abuse. 

In US schools, according to the United States Department of Education, “nearly 9.6% of students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career.”

One particular school in California, appears to be in the news for educator sex crimes, far more often than most.

Just last week, former “Teacher of the Year 2017” at Yucaipa High School about 10 miles outside of San Bernardino, California, was arrested and accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy.

“On Thursday, May 18, 2023, detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Specialized Investigations Division – Crimes Against Children Detail and the Yucaipa Station investigated allegations of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor by a teacher at Yucaipa High School,” deputies reported.

Detectivies identified Tracy Vanderhulst as the suspect and took her to the Central Detention Center in lieu of $30,000 bail.

“Investigators and the Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District worked cooperatively to ensure a thorough investigation into this matter was completed,” they wrote.

The case number 602300044 reads:

Authorities believe there could be more victims of  Tracy Vanderhulst, a math teacher at the school. She now faces a count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are releasing Vanderhulst’s booking photograph. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Rachel Young of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 890-4904. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Trevor Trathen

In September 2017, a 26-year-old substitute teacher and Yucaipa High School former coach, Trevor Jack Trathen, was arrested on sexual charges against a student.

He was booked into the sheriff’s Central Detention Center on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor 14 years of age and penetration with a foreign object on a minor 14 years of age.

In April 2016, Shelia Heacock, 44, a Spanish teacher at Yucaipa High was arrested for having sex with her 16-year-old male student.

Heacock was arrested on multiple charges, including oral copulation with a minor, penetration by a foreign object with a minor, contact with a minor to commit an offense, and unlawful sexual intercourse.

In America, children with disabilities are nearly three times more likely than those without disabilities to be targeted, and those with intellectual and mental health disabilities are at an even greater risk due to difficulties they have in reporting abuse to an adult.

A big concern, currently, is that 33 states do not have laws or policies requiring job applicants to disclose information about their job history, such as whether they have been investigated, disciplined, discharged or had their license revoked for any reason.


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  1. Hello.
    This is a very concerning issue that needs to be addressed. It’s alarming to know that cases of sexual misconduct involving educators are not being reported or handled internally, leading to even more victims.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What if increasing numbers of cases means that more and more people are coming forward; that what has been underground for decade is now becoming exposed to the light of day? By the way, the expressions on those women’s faces and in their eyes would make me want to run. Those poor kids.

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    • That’s actually an excellent point and at least in part, would account for the increasing numbers.

      I worked at a facility that is owned by a corporation. The bosses had to attend sexual harassment classes and were given a ball made of multicolored rubber bands, I don’t remember the symbology. But seeing the ball in their offices, you basically knew they attended. I was a Union Rep for 8 years, so I was in a lot of offices, but no Union employees had the training.

      It was heavy industry, guys said guy things. Even after training. But one meeting, in the field (i.e. not in an office but actually in a shop) we were waiting on the Safety Supervisor, a young woman. One of the guys said that “He’d like to take her into the back room and ……..” I looked up at him, saying “Are you nuts, you guys have all had the sexual harassment training, why would you say something like that?” and I went on to explain that the unfortunate thing is as long as they “toed the line” so to speak, the company would look the other way (I theorized), and the moment they became an issue for the company, they would take any or all such moments and use it to fire the employee. Since it was mostly bosses at the meeting, they stared at me, not with any ill intent, I think they were incredulous I spoke about it.

      As employees, we need to set people straight. At work, a Born Again Christian was lusting after young women (18+), and I said to him, “What if some 400 lb guy was lusting after your daughter?” He started saying Ewww… The idea wasn’t so palatable when his daughter was the theoretical subject. Folks, all these kids are the sons and daughters of others. Hands Off. Be grown up. Report anyone that you know is doing this, planning to do this, has done this. Send a Letter with details, be careful not to identify yourself, unless urgency is needed.

      Not all talk is true, some people say things that aren’t true (bluster, bravado, etc.), but if it’s reported, in a generalized way, the authorities (school, staff, etc.) can begin to inquire. If it involved the leader of the organization, such as the principal in the school, the letter may need to go to a higher authority, or the police may need to be informed.

      Too much focus was put on priests and not enough on other molesters. They need public service announcements for kids that adult/child contact is NEVER OK, and a place that children can report such as offense. The Born Again Christian mentioned earlier, he was proselytizing all the time. He was right, anyone not him was wrong. I mentioned it to my wife, she reported it to the corporation. They took it seriously. I had a meeting with local bosses and a corporate person, I told them he does such things, but I didn’t consider it any more of an offense than if he pushed his favorite sports teams, I said I could continue to work with him, and the issue was dropped. I said my wife meant well and I appreciated her concern and action though. If they took this seriously, Schools and other areas with frequent Adult/Child contact, need to take the possibility of these child sex crimes seriously too.

      In the Me Too Movement generation, these crimes should have decreased, but the liberals that pushed the movement may be some of the biggest offenders.

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  3. Could you please post a link to which 33 states don’t have laws that require schools to perform background checks to investigate the background of applicants before teachers/employees are hired?

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    • Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts,Minnesota, Maryland, New Mexico, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisiana. (Rated F)

      Followed by Mississippi, Virginia, Delaware, Missouri, Utah, Nevada,Wyoming, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Indiana (Graded D).
      Each state varies. Some states that do perform background checks, may be limited (how many years do they search? What broken laws, etc. cause what hiring limits?)

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