A Pasco County Schools substitute teacher was arrested Tuesday for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
According to an arrest report, the 20-year-old Spring Hill man, engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with the girl from July to December 2015.
The victim was apparently 14 years old at the time the alleged relationship began. According to detectives, she was not a student of the man’s and they did not meet at school.
Detectives arrested the man after they recorded a phone call between him and the girl on Feb. 1 that apparently detailed their sexual activity. The girl reportedly cooperated with detectives in setting up the recorded phone call.
The man was released from the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center after posting a $10,000 bond.
Just like any sex crime, a substitute teacher who is convicted of having sex with a student faces a lifetime of social stigma as a registered sex offender. Any person employed by a school in a position of authority can be criminally punished for engaging in sexual activity with a student. This includes:
- Substitute teachers
- School administrators
- Student teachers
- Teachers’ aides
- School counselors
All sex crimes are serious enough to require the legal aid of a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton as soon as you are arrested. This includes sexual misconduct between a teacher and a student. Florida law tends to make an example of teachers who are accused of this crime, however, you need to know that you have rights and can overcome these charges with the right defense strategy. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.