A Manatee County Schools employee accused of impregnating a 14-year-old student made his first appearance in court on Friday.
The 31-year-old had been working at a middle school as a graduation enhancement technician since 2014. He also coaches the junior varsity basketball team at an area high school.
The school district claims the man has resigned from his position and has agreed not to look for any other jobs in the district.
Bond for the man was set at $55,000.
Being accused of a sex crime is terrifying. The state of Florida has some of the toughest penalties for those convicted of sex crimes, requiring mandatory registration as a sex offender, possibly for life. Anyone can access your name, picture and other information from the state’s website with just a click of a button. Being a registered sex offender is something that will follow you around long after you have served your prison sentence and fulfilled any other requirements.
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