Florida Teacher Using Abortion to Cover Up Sexual Abuse Has Hearing

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 24, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 24,

Boyntown Beach, FL (LifeNews.com) — A Florida public school teacher accused of having sex with two of his students and using an abortion to cover up his actions appeared before a judge on Monday. Former Santaluces High School drama teacher Andrew Foster had his parents vouch for him but the judge denied him bail.

Fosters parents said the 27-year-old is a Christian man who graduated from a Christian school and is actively involved in religious activities.

Al and Cheryl Foster, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, said nothing in his past would lead them to believe he would prey on teenagers for sex.

But Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Lucy Chernow Brown decided Foster would be held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond on charges he had sex with two of his students.

"This is a dangerous crime and he’s a danger to the community," Judge Brown said. "A 17-year-old has no legal right to consent to have a sexual contact with an adult."

One of the victims, who is 18, told authorities that after she got pregnant Foster took her to an abortion center for an abortion.

He signed papers on the girl’s behalf to get the abortion.

The abortion facility appears not to have told the girls’ parents and they didn’t know of the abortion or the sexual relations until the young woman finally confessed it to them.

Another victim told police she and Foster, who has been a teacher at the school for four years, had sexual relations at his apartment.

According to a Sun-Sentinel report, the 18 year-old victim who had the abortion, identified only by her initials D.N. told Judge Brown she loved Foster and waited for a while before having sex with him because of those feelings.

When she did, it was "out of love and being convinced we’d be together forever," she said.

According to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, Foster also mailed pornographic pictures of himself to the girls on their cell phones.

Pro-life advocates are concerned that abortion is frequently being used as a means of covering up sexual abuse.

Recent cases of this have surfaced in New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and Mississippi.