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Career-related consequences for 1 Florida teacher on horizon

Making a mistake as a teacher can come back to haunt you, making it hard to find or keep work. If you've been accused with criminal allegations or of sexual misconduct, it's best to prepare yourself to face the allegations while protecting yourself. This report about a teacher in Florida who became pregnant may have a lot to explain, especially if the child is actually her student's.

According to the April 22 news, the teacher allegedly became pregnant with her student's child. She had admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student, according to the news reports, but when she allegedly became pregnant, she had an abortion. Officials reported that she was arrested at home and charged for the crimes.

The woman faced more than just one count of misconduct; she's facing six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. The teacher had allegedly been investigated for having feelings for an eighth-grade boy when she worked in Orange County, according to the officials, and now she has been accused of this crime that allegedly took place in Polk County.

This case is a little different than most, because while she may have had a history of this kind of behavior, it was never reported. According to the report from Wesh, she was sleeping with a student who was 17, and she herself is only 29. Had the student been 18 and graduated, this wouldn't have been an issue.

While it's not acceptable for teachers to act this way with their students, there is a fine line between the legality of age and relationships. Knowing what those are can save you trouble, because you can make the right decisions to start with. Likewise, if you face allegations of sexual misconduct that you didn't participate in, you may find that you need to defend your right to keep your job or you may have serious career-related consequences.

Source: WESH, "Florida teacher who became pregnant with student's child fired, officials say" No author given, Apr. 22, 2014

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