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A new twist to the age-old story of teacher sex scandals where the mother actually knew it was going on.
Maria Guman Hernandez, 32-years-old, has been asked to resign from her position as a sixth-grade teacher at Our Lady of Charity in Hialeah, FL. The reason is that around May 20th rumors began to circulate that Ms. Hernandez was having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old eigth-grader at the school. Principal Xenia Torres struggled with the idea of reporting the rumor to the Department of Children & Families (DCF). She was informaed by a school lawyer that they had no choice under Florida law, so they made the call.
While the police sought the teacher for questioning, they had to wait for her to return from a vacation she was taking with the student to Walt Disney World.
During the time where they waited for the pair to return, they spoke with the student’s mother and discovered that she was well aware of the relationship and had approved of it because she felt Hernandez “was a nice enough person and a good influence on her son.”
Upon Ms. Hernandez’s return from the vacation, she was taken into custody and admitted to the relationship after she was read her rights. The student also admitted to a sexual relationship with the teacher, and he informed the police that the sexual relations began in March of this year and that they used his family apartment for their meetings with his mother’s approval.
The mother has not yet been charged with anything, but that may change as the investigation continues. On late Wednesday a juvenille judge ruled that the mother could keep custody of both the 15-year-old and her 4-year-old, but she would have to under go counseling, and the two boys would have to be checked for emotional damage. The court also said that a guardian would have to live in the house for a while to help the mother out, and DCF was authoried to make unannounced visits to check in on how the family was doing.
There is still no word on if Hernandez has resigned, but she did make her bail of $10,000 and is currently out of jail.
This women now joins the roll call of teacher sex scandals for 2009!