ARIZONA NEWS

Former Buckeye teacher indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with 15-year-old student

Apr 8, 2024, 2:00 PM

Former Buckeye teacher accused of having sex with teen student indicted...

Alyssa Todd, 23, was her victim's teacher and coach, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office photo, left, Pexels photo, right)

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office photo, left, Pexels photo, right)

PHOENIX — A former Buckeye teacher accused of having sexual contact with a student has been indicted on multiple charges, authorities announced on Monday.

Alyssa Todd, 23, was a teacher and athletic coach at the Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies High School (OIAIS) during the alleged crimes. She no longer works at the school, which is near Yuma Road and Verrado Way.

Todd was indicted on six counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO). The office also indicted Todd on one count of aggravated luring of a minor.

Court documents reveal new details about former Buckeye teacher

Todd allegedly had various types of sexual encounters with with the 15-year-old boy from Dec. 1, 2023 through March 12, 2024, according to court documents.

The sexual misconduct took place on and off campus, in a car and in an office, court documents said.

Todd also allegedly used an electronic device to transmit harmful visual content to her victim.

How did police catch the former Buckeye teacher?

Police first started investigating Todd on March 16 after her husband allegedly found inappropriate images and messages involving a student.

Authorities got a search warrant and questioned her during a forensic interview. She admitted to the monthslong sexual relationship, police said.

Police then arrested her on sexual misconduct charges on March 20.

Todd’s trial will take place in July, MCAO said.

This case is part of a disturbing trend, prosecutors say

Two other women have been accused of improper sexual contact with Buckeye students in the past six months.

Diana Pirvu, 23, was arrested for alleged sex crimes involving a 13-year-old student at the Imagine Schools charter school near 247th Avenue and Durango Street in October 2023.

Jessica Kramer, 42, a former OIAIS teacher, was arrested on multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor in September 2023 for an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old boy that started in August 2022.

Kramer left OIAIS in October 2022, police said.

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell expressed disgust over the recent trend.

“It is extremely concerning to me that teachers, who are in a position of power and trust, are manipulating and taking advantage of students,” Mitchell said in a statement. “I commend our prosecutors and the Buckeye Police Department for their work in ensuring this defendant is held accountable.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona man pleads guilty in false tax return scheme...

SuElen Rivera

Arizona man pleads guilty in $60M false tax return scheme

An Arizona man pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of helping people file false tax returns as part of a scheme where they used fake trust accounts to hide income and pay less in taxes.

50 minutes ago

Oliver's to open in Scottsdale...

KTAR.com

Oliver’s Modern American to open in former Polynesian Dairy Queen site in Scottsdale

Oliver's Modern American, poised to take over the country's sole former Polynesian Dairy Queen site, will open in Scottsdale this Friday.

4 hours ago

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 14:  In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, Marc Anthony per...

David Veenstra

Marc Anthony’s ‘Historia Tour’ continues with Phoenix show

Marc Anthony is bringing his “Historia Tour" to Phoenix this fall. The top selling salsa artist will perform at Footprint Center on Oct.  27. 

4 hours ago

Arizona wildfire protection plans get $7M in federal support...

Serena O'Sullivan

Arizona wildfire protection plans get $7 million in support from USDA Forest Service

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said $7 million in grants will support various Arizona wildfire protection plans.

5 hours ago

Bulk trash collection program in Phoenix offers appointment model...

Serena O'Sullivan

Phoenix to offer new appointment-based program for bulk trash collection

Do you rely on preset trash collection dates to clean house? A new bulk trash collection program offers residents more flexibility.

5 hours ago

Follow @KTAR923...

Sponsored Content by Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

Sponsored Articles

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Former Buckeye teacher indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with 15-year-old student