Polk County deputies have arrested a Polk County high school teacher for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old female student.
The 34-year-old has been charged with three counts of sexual battery by custodian on a victim between 12 and 18 years old.
The sexual activity took place during the 2014-2015 school year, according to deputies.
Investigators claim the teacher and the student started “sexting” on their phones and then the relationship turned physical. A report alleges that there were two sexual encounters in a classroom at the school and another at the man’s home.
Investigators allege that when they questioned the man he blamed his behavior on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from serving in the military. According to reports, the man apparently told the girl he was involved with that he felt “guilty” about the relationship, because he was married and his wife was pregnant at the time.
The man has been an employee of Polk County Schools since 2010.
The district said he has been placed on administrative leave. A recommendation is being made to terminate him, according to reports.
Sex crimes charges are prosecuted quite aggressively in the state of Florida. After accusations have been made, it is important to get the legal help you need as these cases can be quite taxing on those accused due to the fact that they are very emotionally driven.
Everyone has the right to a fair trial. However, sexually based offenses carry a powerful social stigma that makes protecting your rights much more complicated than any other types of criminal charges. It is important to remember that you are entitled to a fair trial, even if the court of public opinion has already found you guilty.
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