A school secretary from Florida was arrested Friday for sending a sexually explicit video to a 14-year-old student.
Heather Mathieson, 25, who works at Chasco Middle School, has confessed to sending the clip to the boy, police said. She also acknowledged knowing his age.
Mathieson has since deleted her Snapchat account.
According to a police report, the boy, who has not been named, saved a copy of the video, which shows Mathieson engaging in a solo sex act. He then sent it to his mother, who called the cops.
“The complainant showed me a short video, which shows the defendant’s face,” the arresting officer said. “She is wearing a shirt but no pants.”
Matheison then “confessed to sending the video” when confronted before her arrest last Friday, the officer said.
“She described the video exactly as I had seen it, and she confessed to sending it over Snapchat to the 14-year-old victim,” he added.
Mathieson was charged with submitting electronic transmission material that is harmful to minors.
The board at Chasco Middle School have yet to decide on Matheison’s future employment, according to the Miami Herald.
Heather Mathieson and sexual abuse by female teachers
While men commit most sexual abuse against minors, female perpetrators account for a significant percentage of such cases.
In a 2015 study, University of Oklahoma sociologist David Axlyn McLeod looked at almost every substantiated child sexual abuse case reported to child protective services in the United States in 2010. He concluded that women were primarily responsible for more than 20 percent of them.
A 2017 study published by the U.S. Justice Department revealed that women account for a large and growing minority of the sexual abuse committed by educators against students.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Social Psychology tested the theory that “male teachers are judged more harshly than female teachers for engaging in heterosexual intercourse with a student. According to the researchers, “a reverse sexual double standard was revealed, in which participants judged situations involving male teachers more harshly than they judged situations involving female teachers, but only when the sexual contact was teacher-initiated.”
However, experts have warned that gender stereotypes – of women as harmless nurturers and teen boys as sexually insatiable – can cause child molestation by women to be overlooked and underreported.
“Other gender stereotypes prevent effective responses, such as the trope that men are sexually insatiable. Aware of the popular misconception that, for men, all sex is welcome, male victims often feel too embarrassed to report sexual victimization,” UCLA researchers wrote in a 2017 essay for Scientific America. “If they do report it, they are frequently met with a response that assumes no real harm was done.”
In one case last year, 18-year-old Corbin Madison was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after being molested by a married teacher who was convicted of having sex with four underage boys.