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3/7/2009 10:32:00 PM
Deputies arrest Cottonwood teacher on charges of sexual conduct with student
Emili Kay Daniels
Emili Kay Daniels
By JON HUTCHINSON
Special to the Courier

Yavapai County sheriff's deputies have arrested a teacher at American Heritage Academy on charges of having sex with a student.

Deputies went to the school Thursday after the school principal reported catching the teacher and student in a compromising situation.

The principal, Leonard Miller, told sheriff's detectives he tried to enter biology teacher Emili Kay Daniels' classroom, but the door was locked. After unlocking it, the principal saw Daniels and a 17-year-old male student near the teacher's desk. The student's pants were undone, exposing his underwear. Both teacher and student initially denied any sexual activity.

He separated Daniels and the student, and they remained on campus for the arrival of sheriff's investigators. During the subsequent investigation Thursday and Friday, the student admitted that he was having a relationship with Daniels that started this past October. The 17-year-old student said that in November, the relationship became sexual. He reported that at least three sexual encounters occurred in or around the classroom.

Detectives now also are reviewing text messages and e-mails related to the relationship.

Daniels is 34 years old and lives in Camp Verde.

After the investigation, deputies arrested Daniels and booked her into the Camp Verde Jail on charges of three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Sheriff's investigators are asking anyone with additional information about Daniels or this situation to call Detective Shonna Willingham at 928-554-8714.

Jon Hutchinson is a reporter for the Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Article comment by: Jim

Real accredited schools check out their teachers first before putting them in the classroom.

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Article comment by: Holly

TO WM and MARIANNE: thanks guys for defending us students in your postings. Thanks for not hopping on board with the others using us kids for religious politics. Us kids are hurting enough without posters using us for their religious or non religious agendas. GEORGE: we don't give a damn about what happened in your schools or when. We're trying to get through this painful experience the best way we can and your religious postings are not helping.

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Article comment by: Just Say No!

Why is it so hard to say NO? You are 17. I could go to jail for this.

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Article comment by: WM

Teachers who mess with the heads and emotions of impressionable students should be ashamed and never allowed to be around kids- EVER! This has had a profound effect on many students; not just the young man involved. Its nothing short of evil!

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Article comment by: Serious stuff

The only issue here is how to punish the predatory teacher who, at 34 years of age clearly knows that having sex with a high school student anywhere (let alone in a classroom) is dangerous business and jeapardizes her rights to freedom for years to come. Religion has no place in the issue (but anytime the subject comes up in a forum/blog people go nuts-that'll always happen). Probably 5 years minimum 10 years max for her first offense. This is serious stuff in the USA.

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Article comment by: Student in trouble

I'm upset by some comments How come u turn a serious thing into crazy making talk about someone's religion Two lives are ruined and it sucks The comment by Marianne made me feel comforted because she understands and cares about my fellow classmate who now is in a lot of trouble because of what he did He'll probably be messed up for his entire life I feel nuts because I really respected this teacher and trusted her She's a good teacher and I'm scared this can happen Who the hell gives a crap about religion Why can't u understand us students are hurting now and try to help us Go to..........!

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Article comment by: Loving It

"Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger." I'm not really sure what any of this ranting and raving has to do with the article, but I really liked that line...made me laugh, so thanks!

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Article comment by: It's a matter of right or wrong!

Yes, how did this get turned into a religious rant re "sides"? It's a simple matter of right and wrong. Which side are you on? Does anybody reading this article think it's O.K. for teachers to prey upon students sexually?

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Article comment by: Jimi Hendrix

To no name provided - "Too Please Leash Your Dogma. I'm sorry you feel you have to argue with Christians. Since 86 percent of Americans consider themselves Christian, maybe you would feel more comfortable living in the state of Vermont. That state is the most Godless state in the union and has very little Christian influence. Although then you will have to deal with more crime and sin. They are your type of people, so good luck with all of that." If you check ur statistics, the majority of people in prison are christians. Atheists make up the least percentage and they dont even contribute 1%. Godless doesnt mean increase in crime rate. Get ur facts right

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Article comment by: MORTIFIED!!

NO NAME- I found your comment (if you consider it a comment) offending! I am Christian! So don't go nockin someone you don't even know about there religion! My comment was straight forward, I am not arguing with anyone about religion, I'm stating a FACT on society today.

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Article comment by: Schools need to protect our kids

Good grief, I come back to check on the comments of this article and it turned into a religious rant... This has nothing to do with religion! It has everything to do with people that are not of sound mind teaching our students. Teachers who are supposed to aid in helping our children learn about the world. As I said before, more testing for teachers. BEFORE they get into a classroom and influence our kids. Also parents teaching kids what is right and what is wrong behavior in regards to appropriate student/teacher relationships. I had great relationships with some of my teachers. But when I was 11, I had an overbearing and more so affectionate teacher. And because I knew what was wrong and was not afraid to tell someone-it never got out of hand and was handled accordingly by the school. So parents need to educate their kids about inappropriate touching and teachers need more testing.

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Article comment by: Observer

Mr.Miller, the principal is the real hero in this story. It is almost impossible to control a school when so many of the teachers have no moral values. Then the same teachers are passing on their values to our children. The children come home and tell the parents about the teachers with no values and the next day the children get suspended. That's how it is in this part of the world. Yavapai County. Arizona

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Too Please Leash Your Dogma. I'm sorry you feel you have to argue with Christians. Since 86 percent of Americans consider themselves Christian, maybe you would feel more comfortable living in the state of Vermont. That state is the most Godless state in the union and has very little Christian influence. Although then you will have to deal with more crime and sin. They are your type of people, so good luck with all of that.

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: MORTIFIED!

What does religion have to do with these (assumptions)? When there is a young adult arrested for RAPING a female and ASSUALTED there is nothing talked about the religion! There has been so many of these teachers having (possible)sexual interactions with students. It seems to get talked about more then the darn sex offenders that are released then repeat there crime again. Religion is never talked about those issues! Granted these are adolescents-- but there are CHILDREN that are PROWLED upon by sick individuals and what about them? Some can't even walk safely from school and home!

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: Marianne

Though, for me, its tempting to partake in the controversial Christian debate, I feel compelled instead to place my focus on the victim. In this case a 17-year-old male student who may suffer psychological and or behavioral problems as a result of inappropriate sexual behavior. Such as: depression, anxiety, guilt - (he may feel he's responsible for getting his teacher into trouble) - fear, sexual dysfunction, withdrawal, acting out, sleep disturbances, eating problems, self-destructive behaviors: alcoholism/drug abuse. Sometimes there is no one set of symptoms or outcomes that victims experience. Some victims have little or no psychological distresses. However, they may be either afraid to express their true feelings or may deny their feelings in order to cope. Some may suffer years later. This young man has age on his side. Perhaps, therefore, he may be spared the intense psychological effects that those younger than he may experience. We can only pray and hope so. Marianne Elizabeth Vangalio

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: Predators Beware

At least she's close to where the jail is. Will she get 51 years in prison like Brian Jay Nellis, the 37-year-old Chino Valley man who helped Neil Rodreick II pose as a 12-year-old to gain access to school children.

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by:

Don’t thank me. I did it out of the kindess of my non-Christian heart. Your “Godly principles” are not the root of morality. The root is in the human heart and mind, my dear. Your statements make you look intolerant and foolish. Whether or not these people had religion taught to them, they have sex drives. Denial is more dangerous than the fear of your god. Understanding your own mind and body gives you the power to control your urges. Denying them causes frustration that can lead to disastrous results. I have known many Atheists in my life that have had stronger morals than many Christians. Oh, but you’re different. You’re a “real” Christian. Better than the others. Wait. Isn’t that “Pride”? One of the seven deadly sins? Live what you preach, sweetie. University of Pennsylvania founded in 1740, the primary religious influence was the Church of England (officially non-sectarian) Princeton University founded in 1746, the primary religious influence was Presbyterian (officially non-sectarian) Brown University founded in 1764, the primary religious influence was Baptist (no religious requirements for admission) St. Johns College founded in 1696 was a Christian College (no religious affiliation - non-sectarian) University of Delaware founded in 1743 was a Christian College (no religious affiliation - non-sectarian) Washington and Lee University founded in 1749 was a Christian College (no religious affiliation - non-sectarian) Union College founded in 1779 was a Christian College (no religious affiliation - non-sectarian) Washington College founded in 1782 was a Christian College (no religious affiliation - non-sectarian)

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: What about these guys?

“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.” - Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865). “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.” -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782.

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: Grundlecat

History lesson: Ah, we didn't need that pesky First Amendment anyhow, did we? Let's go back to hanging heretics and witches in Boston Square like our good Christian forebears. That's what this country really needs. If you don't fear God, you will certainly fear the church!!! That should keep those sexual predators in line. It's always worked so well in the past. Brian, I understand you're trying to say that Christianity is not ritualistic etc., but that doesn't mean it's not a religion. It demands faith in certain specific items - more or less of them depending on your sect.

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: History Lesson

All of the following Universities and Colleges started as Christian Universities and Colleges, although due to the drifting away from godly principles and morals in America over the years they no longer all have a Christian influence. Harvard University founded in 1636, the primary religious influence was Puritan. The College of William and Mary founded in 1693, the primary religious influence was the church of England. Yale University founded in 1701, the primary religious influence was Puritan. University of Pennsylvania founded in 1740, the primary religious influence was the Church of England. Princeton University founded in 1746, the primary religious influence was Presbyterian. Columbia University founded in 1754, the primary religious influence was the church of England. Brown University founded in 1764, the primary religious influence was Baptist. Queen’s College founded in 1766, the primary religious influence was Dutch Reform. Dartmouth University founded in 1769, the primary religious influence was Puritan. St. Johns College founded in 1696 was a Christian College. Moravian College founded in 1742 was a Christian College. University of Delaware founded in 1743 was a Christian College. Washington and Lee University founded in 1749 was a Christian College. College of Charleston founded in 1770 was a Christian College. Salem College founded in 1772, the primary religious influence was Moravian. Dickinson College founded in 1773 was a Presbyterian College. Hampden College founded in 1775 was a Presbyterian College. Union College founded in 1779 was a Christian College. Washington College founded in 1782 was a Christian College.

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: UR Kidding Me

Wow, these articles amaze me. I imagine she is a good teacher, but she got caught with her pants down literally. She may not have forced this relationship and it does not take two to tangle when it has to do with minors, not of consenting age. The law states you have to be 18 and she did not respect that. She took advantage of her position and may have seduced this young man. She deserves what she gets if she is guilty. I have a son in school and I send him there to learn, not to be abused or sexually involved with a teacher. She overstepped her boundaries as a teacher. Thats sad that some of you did not write about the victim.

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: Brian

Grundlecat...Christianity is NOT a religion. Religion is humans trying to reach up to God through good deeds and works. Christianity is God reaching down to us humans throught the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. Christianity is about a personal relationship with God. Religion is all about ceremonies that have nothing to do with your salvation. You do NOT need to sit in a booth and confess your sins to a priest. You can talk directly to God. You don't have to kiss the Pope's ring. He is just another human being and is no more special than you or I. You don't have to pray in a certain direction 5 times a day. If doing these and other things makes you feel better, go ahead and do them. Do not get hung up on ritualistic legalities.

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: Harry S. Truman

"If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody." Harry S. Truman

Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Article comment by: Harry S. Truman

A person who is fundamentally honest doesn't need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical codes anybody needs.


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