Florida teacher, 29, arrested for sex with 17 year old male student

A 29-year-old teacher in Florida has been arrested for reportedly having sex with a student.

Fox 13 report that Caroline Lawson had consensual unprotected sex with a 17-year-old at her home in Tampa on Wednesday night.

Authorities are now investigating a series of text messages between Lawson and an unidentified individual which appear to see her confess to the relationship.

The text messages allegedly read as follows:

I cheated on-----with a student

-Lawson

When you say cheated, do you mean slept with?

-Third Party

Yes

-Lawson

Detectives then spoke to the teenager involved who confirmed that Lawson, an English teacher at Lennard High School in Ruskin, was the person that they had slept with.

When approached by detectives Lawson refused to give a statement but did confess to sending the text messages.

Lawson then resigned from her position on Friday and was arrested shortly afterwards at her home.

She was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, with a $30,000 bond placed on her release.

Parents of children at the school, where Lawson has worked since 2014, have been informed about the incident.

Tanya Arja of the Hillsborough County Public Schools is quoted as saying:

We contacted all of the parents at Lennard High School, the Principal sent out a call this morning to all parents to let them know about the charges and make them aware that we are involved in the investigation.

Corporal Larry McKinnon of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office added that they are trying to ascertain if Lawson has any other victims.

We condemn it, I am sure her co-workers condemn it, and we’re certainly going to be very proactive and aggressive on prosecuting this case and trying to determine if there are other victims or not.

No previous warnings or complaints had been raised about Lawson prior to this event.

HT Daily Mail

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