Local therapist sheds light on what may be behind inappropriate student-teacher relationships

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OKLAHOMA - An alarming number of teachers are accused of having sexual relationships with students in the Sooner State.

Many people are left wondering, "Why does it keep happening?"

Lacey Lett investigates what may be behind these alarming numbers.

"A Moore teacher is facing a serious charge after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student," a KFOR report from March 29, 2016 states.

"A Yale math teacher and coach is accused of having a sexual relationship with at least one student but possibly several," a KFOR report from May 14, 2016 states.

"We see these stories all the time and that's the issue," Sen. Kyle Loveless said. "It's a societal problem."

In the past six months almost two dozen Oklahoma teachers have been accused of having sexual relationships with students.

"This is a big deal, because these individuals, these adults, are preying on children," Jessica Brown from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.

And the numbers appear to be on the rise.

"Someone in that position sees someone in a position of power - it can be very attractive and alluring," therapist Joshua Nichols said.

Tonight at 10 p.m., Nichols sheds new light on what may be leading to the inappropriate relationships.