BOISE -- The arrest of a Meridian Middle School teacher accused of having sex with a former student is the fifth case of its kind this year in our area and the second in a week.
So far this year police have arrested five teachers - four in southern Idaho and one from Nyssa, Oregon.
Although not talking about those cases specifically, a psychologist who talked to KTVB said these crimes could be happening because these adults relate better to children than their peers.
The most recent person to be accused for having sexual contact with a minor is Ashley Jo Beach. Beach is a sixth grade teacher and married mother of three. She cried throughout her entire eight-minute court appearance.
On Thursday, police say they found her and one of her former students, a 13-year-old boy, lying down behind some bushes.
Police interviewed her.
"Where she subsequently admitted that she had been having sex with the victim over the last several months," said Prosecutor Brad Knell.
Earlier this month 28-year-old Kari Atkinson was charged with having sexual contact with a 14-year-old student.
Atkinson is a P.E. teacher at Sandcreek Middle School near Idaho Falls.
In May, prosecutors charged 50-year-old Ricardo Mosqueda with two counts of sexual abuse with a Nyssa High School student over a seven-month period.
Court documents and friends of the victim say she was an 18-year-old with mental disabilities.
"For someone to prey on children that are special needs. It's just terrible, it's horrible, it's sad for the child and the family," said Rachel Rodriguez about the Mosqueda case.
In February, a Magic Valley teacher was charged with two counts of sexual battery.
Anna Bettencourt, 38, of Wendell pleaded guilty to sexual battery for her contact with a 16-year-old boy.
Then in January, a Borah High School Psychology teacher was charged with eight felony counts of sexual battery.
Michelle Farley was accused of lewd conduct with a 17-year-old student.
Ben Seymour is the co-founder of Intervention 180 - a company that works with sex offenders.
"There are people who are developmentally immature, or they just don't have adult relationships," Seymour said.
Although Seymour is not commenting on these cases directly, he said there have been many case studies that are very similar.
"This becomes a fantasy of sorts, almost a drug to them, this fantasy relationship where they're getting certain needs met from the children," Seymour said. "And they somehow, a lot of these adults lack the ability to say these are inappropriate relationships."
Seymour says in many cases, the adult doesn't relate well with people their own age and instead relate much better to children.
"It is possible that they view this as, 'They want me,' and that type of relationship," Seymour said.
As for the victims in these cases, Seymour says counseling is the best way for them to get through those traumatic experiences.
Both Bettencourt and Farley were convicted and sentenced to six months jail time and several years of supervised probation.
Mosqueda's next court date is set for October 1.
Atkinson had her preliminary hearing rescheduled for September 30.
Beach will appear in court again in two weeks.