Since LeTourneau's story broke, the number of female teachers reported preying on young boys has become a disturbing trend, Oprah says. While very controversial, some argue that sexual relationships between women and underage boys are consensual.
Lawmakers also seem to draw a distinction between male and female sex offenders. Sometimes women who are convicted of child molestation receive lighter sentences than their male counterparts.
One recent case received a flurry of media attention. In March 2006 prosecutors dropped charges against Debra LaFave (right), a middle school teacher who admitted that she had sex with a 14-year-old student. LaFave avoided prison time altogether by accepting a plea agreement. She was sentenced to three years house arrest and seven years of probation.