At and outside of Blanchard Middle School, Clickner helped the boy and two of his friends with school projects, and spoke with him on the telephone after school. All three students said they felt that Clickner, a first-year science teacher, was a good listener.
But Clickner took a particular interest in the boy. By April , the relationship between Clickner, 47, and the boy took a sexual turn. Both skipped school on April 4, , and drove to the Westford 4-H Fair Grounds where they kissed and talked about having sex. Four days later, they consummated their relationship by having sex in the back seat of her car in a vacant parking lot on Technology Park Drive.
Afterward, the boy became "troubled" by what happened and tried to distance himself from his teacher. Several months later, he told his family, who contacted Westford police. The boy told police he used a condom. Police found a condom wrapper in Clickner's car. She pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape of a child.
Advertisement Fishman told Clickner that her conduct "violates the very essence of the protection that families look for in the schools. Michelle Amundson, 32, a teacher at McCarthy Middle School teacher in Chelmsford, pleaded guilty in to raping one of her year-old male students in an ongoing sexual relationship.
The Chelmsford woman, who was married to a local firefighter, was sentenced to three to five years in state prison. Thirteen years ago, Karen Cross, a Tyngsboro High School special-needs teacher, was convicted of statutory rape of a year-old male. She was sent to prison for six months, although she maintained her innocence. Clickner must register as a sex offender. She must undergo sex-offender treatment, have no contact with the victim, his family or the witnesses in this case, and have no unsupervised contact with anyone under Clickner's lawyer, Robert Casey Jr.
Clickner, a former medical-lab researcher, turned to teaching midlife to "bring her love of science to children," Casey said. Casey asked for a suspended sentence. Clickner showed "poor judgment," he said.
The boy and his family have since moved to California. Ryle read their statement in court. The parents wrote that they felt "vindicated" by her conviction after she was caught in "lie after lie," while she branded the victim's family as liars. When police initially confronted Clickner, she repeatedly denied the allegations and denied having sex with the boy, then accused him of raping her. The family wrote that it "sickens us" that some people still believe in her innocence.
She pushed our family into a dark place. She needs to figure out what caused her to seek out a relationship with a year-old and seek help," the family wrote. There were other repercussions from the Clickner case. Westford Superintendent of Schools Stephen Foster came under fire from parents because he knew Clickner had been arrested and charged, but did not notify the public until more than two weeks later, when questioned by The Sun. Foster said he had delayed notification because he was unaware of the specific charge.
But public records show Foster sent School Committee members an e-mail about the Clickner arrest and named specific charges. Foster retired in mid-August. In addition, Westford police-log policies were challenged when they omitted Clickner's name and the charge from the public police log. The log entry merely states it was an "out of town" arrest.