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Teacher accused of sexual relations with student in Florida

Working at a school can be difficult; children have overactive imaginations, and those who are disgruntled can come up with some interesting, although false, stories. In other cases, you may have made a poor judgment call and done something that you shouldn't have in a momentary lapse of judgment. Should that ruin your future as an educator, and should people who know of these accusations treat you as though you're guilty before it's proven to be the case? What do you do while you work to defend yourself against charges?

A woman in Florida is dealing with this exact situation. The 30-year-old was arrested, according to the news, because she's been accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student. The age of consent in Florida is 18, and Romeo and Juliet laws only apply to those between the ages of 16 and 24.

While this teacher has been charged, she has not yet been convicted of having sexual relations with the student. The sheriff's office claims that the woman had sex with the student multiple times over a month including at least once during school hours. On one day, the police claim that the student and teacher left together to go to the alleged victim's bedroom to have sex.

This case is still under investigation, but the police have reported that they don't think anyone else is involved. The school informed parents through a phone information system about the charges, but it's important in these cases for it to be pointed out that the woman has not yet been proven guilty of these accusations. She faces career-related consequences, but she does deserve a right to a fair trial before she is condemned.

Source: Fox 59, "Florida middle school teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old student" Matt Adams, Feb. 23, 2015

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