A Marion County teacher assistant was recently charged with molesting a middle school student, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The 36-year-old is being charged with lewd or lascivious molestation.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said she allegedly admitted to investigators that she had sexual contact with a then 14-year-old student.
According to the sheriff’s office, she was working as a paraprofessional teacher’s assistant at the school at the time when she met the student. Marion County Public School officials say she has been removed from the classroom and is on paid administrative leave.
The investigation started in July of 2017 when a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy found a suspicious vehicle in a church parking lot.
According to investigators, the deputy found the woman alone and partially clothed.
Authorities claim the woman made statements about having a relationship with an 8th grade student.
Investigators said the teen told them he was with the woman in the parking lot that night, but he ran away when he saw the deputy.
She was released on $5,000 bond.
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