Florida Teacher Arrested For Repeatedly Having Sex With Her Underage Student
A 20-year-old substitute English teacher in Florida has been arrested for repeatedly having sex with an underage student and footage of one of their encounters was shared on TikTok.
The footage was then reportedly shown to students at the school, including members of the football team, which prompted one student to contact the authorities over the alleged abuse.
Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Special Victims Unit arrested Ayanna Machelle Davis, 20, for having unprotected sex with the unnamed student on four occasions in the city of Lakeland, which is located in the south-eastern US state of Florida, east of Tampa, on Friday 10th December.
Davis, who according to the police was working at “Lakeland High as a substitute teacher with the staffing company Kelly Education Services”, reportedly admitted to having had unprotected sex with the student on four occasions, twice at his place and twice at her home, according to the police, who issued a statement obtained by Newsflash saying that the student was 16 or younger.
Sheriff Grady Judd said: “This is a clear violation of sexual battery laws. She was in a position of influence over the victim, and she took advantage of that for her own twisted pleasure.”
The PCSO said that it began investigating the substitute English teacher on Friday 3rd December after a Lakeland High School student “informed Lakeland Police Department School Resource officers about the existence of a video on Snapchat showing Davis and another student having sex.
“The student claimed the video was shown to a large group of LHS football players.”
The police arrested the 20-year-old suspect, who they said was working as a substitute English teacher, and charged her with two counts of sexual battery by custodian, which is a first-degree felony, and offences against students by authority figure, which is a second-degree felony.
Davis appeared before a judge on Saturday 11th December. The police said that “USD 60,000 in bonds were ordered against her for all five charges, and an arraignment hearing of January 10, 2022 was scheduled.”
Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid said: “We expect substitute teachers to uphold the same high standards of conduct and professionalism as our full-time educators.”
He added: “The charges against this person are disgraceful and a complete violation of the trust that teachers build with their students. There is no room in our schools for this type of conduct.”