An Akron, Ohio teacher who started “grooming” a boy in eighth grade when he was 14, then had his baby three years later in 2015, was arrested on three counts of sexual battery over a period beginning on August 1, 2013 through September 6, 2016. The charges were filed after a tipster recently informed the boy’s father that the teacher had given birth.
Laura Lynn Cross, 36, started by invited the boy to go swimming in her pool; later on, he started spending the night at her home.
Cross convinced the boy’s mother, who had custody of him, to permit him to move in with her through a court approved "partial parental custody" arrangement, according to News 5 Cleveland. She persuaded the mother that she could “mentor” the boy more successfully that way.
Cross posted numerous pictures of herself with the boy on Facebook.
The boy’s father claimed he warned authorities about what was going on in 2012, but nothing was done. He said:
It was a straight failure from the system. From the school and the police, definitely. Everybody I talked to I was frank with that my son was having sexual relationships with this woman, with a teacher. She had a hold on my son and [the police] told me he's not co-operating with us so we no can do nothing with it. She's a schoolteacher. To get aroused by a child basically you have to be a sick individual.
An Akron School System spokesperson said the system was "doing our own internal investigation going back to 2012 to determine what exactly happened and when it happened"
Cross is currently being held in the Summit County Jail on $100,000 bond.