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A 34-year-old science teacher in Jacksonville,FL has been arrested on allegations she had sex with a 14-year-old student.
Jennifer Marie Collier, a teacher at James Weldon Johnson Middle School in Jacksonville, FL, was arrested this past Monday on allegations that she was having a sexual relationship with one of her 14-year-old students, with the last incident happening as late as last Friday evening. Apparently after a school field trip, she offered to drive the boy home but instead took him to a Walmart parking lot and engaged in sexual activity with him in her car.
While reports don’t make it clear why the supposed victim began cooperating with the police, he reportedly informed him that he and Ms. Collier had engaged in sexual activity on multiple occasions, both on and off of school property. He also showed them several emails from the teacher that validated his claims of the activity.
She was charged with sexual battery on a victim under 18, lewd battery and lewd and lascivious conduct. Due to her position of a custodial role as his teacher, her charges are considered felonies.
Records indicate that Ms. Collier had only been teaching at James Weldon Johnson Middle School for four months. Prior to this she taught sixth grade science in Fayetteville, North Carolina for two years, and before that she was a pre-kindergarten teacher in Michigan for four years. The school district has said they will turn the findings of the investigation over to the Professional Practices Commission to see what, if anything, should be done about her teaching certificate. She has also resigned her position with the school.
This women now joins the roll call of teacher sex scandals for 2009!