PALM BAY, Florida – Jason Thomas Maynor, a teacher and girls’ tennis coach at Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Florida, was arrested and charged with eight felonies related to lewd or lascivious battery on a student under the age of 16.
According to the arrest affidavit, Maynor engaged in sexual activity with the student from October 2018 to May 2019.
The teacher also allegedly had the student perform oral sex on him every single school day in his classroom from January 2019 to April 2019.
According to the student, the teacher was almost caught during the act one time by another school employee who entered the dark classroom. But Maynor ran across the classroom and pretended to be looking at something as the other school employee entered the classroom.
The teacher also allegedly engaged in sexual activity with the student off-campus.
During the sexual relationship, Maynor bought the student gifts, including a wedding ring set.
Palm Bay police recorded a controlled Facetime chat between the student and Maynor wherein Maynor acknowledged the sexual relationship.
Palm Bay Police then arrested the 38-year-old Melbourne, Florida man on Friday, November 29, 2019, and charged him with 5 counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a child under the age of 16, 1 count of lewd or lascivious conduct on a child under the age of 16, 1 count of lewd or lascivious exhibition, and 1 count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Maynor was later booked into the Brevard County Jail where he is being held under a $355,000 bond.
Maynor has been prohibited by BPS from entering school property or having contact with students pending the outcome of his case.
“These charges are extremely concerning because protecting our students on campus and at their after-school activities is our No. 1 priority,” said BPS Superintendent Mark Mullins.
“I thank Palm Bay Police for quickly investigating the allegations and for their ongoing presence in our schools.”
Brevard Public Schools notified faculty and parents of the arrest Monday morning.
The district is cooperating with Palm Bay Police in its investigation and will have additional counselors and law enforcement officers on campus to support students and assist with any questions or concerns.
Anyone with further information is urged to call Palm Bay Police at (321) 952-3456, Option “0,” or to make a confidential call to the Speak Out Hotline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
Maynor is among a long list of Brevard Public School employees who have been charged with sexual offenses related to children in recent years.
Just last year, a 53-year-old Bayside High School math teacher resigned and was flagged “ineligible for rehire” for repeatedly french kissing a student.
In October 2017, a former Astronaut High School JROTC teacher was arrested for allegedly having sex with a student beginning in April 2014 when she was in 9th grade.
In August 2017, a Brevard County Public Schools teacher was sentenced to 8 years in prison and 10 years of probation after he traveled to a prearranged location in Brevard County to meet what he thought was a teenage girl for the purpose of engaging in a sexual relationship.
In July 2017, a former BPS bus driver and substitute teacher was arrested on allegations of child molestation.
Also in July 2017, a Satellite High School teacher was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and promotion of sexual performance of a child under 16 years of age.
In June 2016, a Spessard Holland Elementary School principal was arrested for possession of child pornography.
In May 2016, an Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School teacher plead guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old student.