Showing posts with label Florida Teacher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida Teacher. Show all posts

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Florida Teacher Who Bit Student Allowed To Continue Teaching

PALM BAY, Florida – A Florida teacher who made national headlines for biting a special needs student was punished with a two-year paid vacation from Brevard Public Schools, a $1,000 fine from the Florida Department of Education, and seven months of probation from the courts.

58-year-old Karen Renee Williams will now be able to continue to teach in the Sunshine State after the Florida Department of Education gave her a Letter of Reprimand rather than revoking her teaching certificate in a Final Administrative Order filed in December 2017.

Williams was charged with Felony Child Abuse after she bit one of her third grade students at Columbia Elementary in Palm Bay, Florida.

She was later found guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge of ‘culpable negligence inflicting bodily harm’ as a result of a plea agreement in January 2017.

The special needs student told Department of Children and Families investigators that Williams placed him in a bear hug and that he bit Williams’ hand in an attempt to free himself. The student said that the teacher retaliated by biting the third-grader in the back “for like a minute.”

Witnesses said that the student could be heard screaming hysterically, crying, and saying, “my back, my back!”

Williams denied biting the student when questioned by her supervisor despite there being a noticeable adult-sized bite mark below the child’s left shoulder blade, according to the arrest affidavit.

Paid Vacation, Probation, Condemnation

Although Williams was placed on administrative leave immediately after her arrest in December 2015, she continued to collect her teacher’s salary and benefits from Brevard Public Schools without working for two years. Williams was finally terminated from BPS two months after she was convicted in January 2017.

Williams was also sentenced to one year of probation by the 18th Judicial Circuit Court which allowed for early termination if she completed a 4-hour anger management course. Williams’ probation was terminated less than seven months later because she filed a certificate of completion of the 4-hour course.

After her criminal case was closed, the Florida Department of Education moved forward with an administrative complaint against Williams’ teaching certificate.

The original administrative complaint sought the suspension, revocation, or permanent revocation of Williams’ Florida educator certificate.

However, her case was later settled for the lesser punishment of a Letter of Reprimand and a $1,000 fine.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Brevard Public Schools: Teacher Made Sexual Gesture To Principal In Front Of Students

Riveria Elementary Elementary School

PALM BAY, Florida – A Brevard County Public Schools teacher was recently suspended after he allegedly made an “inappropriate sexual gesture” towards the Principal at Riveria Elementary Elementary School located at 351 Riviera Drive Northeast in Palm Bay, Florida.

Phillip Wachsler of Satellite Beach, Florida, allegedly made the sexual gesture behind the back of Riveria Elementary Principal Kori Hurst as she was walking out of his sixth-grade classroom on October 26, 2017.

According to documents filed with the Brevard Public School Board, several students in his classroom witnessed the sexual gesture.

When Principal Hurst summoned Wachsler to her office on November 14, 2017, to provide a written statement regarding the October 26th incident, Wachsler allegedly demonstrated the sexual gesture.

Wachsler also received a letter of reprimand on November 17, 2017, for allegedly using inappropriate language and calling student names.

After investigating the incident, the Brevard County School Board suspended Wachsler for one day without pay on January 16, 2018.

Image credit: Google

Monday, October 30, 2017

Florida Governor Rick Scott Proposes To Give Teachers $350 To Buy School Supplies

Governor Rick Scott announced that his 2018-2019 budget proposal will include $63 million for teacher supply grants. This proposal is an increase of nearly $18 million, or $100 additional dollars per teacher. These annual grants are used by educators to purchase classroom supplies needed for the school year. 

Currently, Florida teachers receive $250 annually for classroom supplies. The Governor’s proposal will increase this funding to $350 annually. That’s in addition to annual bonuses of $1,200 or $800 that teachers will see this year (depending on a teacher’s evaluation).

“I have the opportunity to travel to schools and meet with our hardworking teachers, and yesterday, I was fortunate to meet with our Teachers of the Year to hear how we can make our schools even better,” Governor Rick Scott said. 

“Teachers are heroes to our students and I’m committed to championing policies to continue to help them. We have worked every year to ensure that Florida’s teachers have the resources they need to help our students succeed. Far too often, teachers are forced to reach into their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms and I am proud to propose additional money for this critical program. Teacher supply grants allow our educators to secure the tools they need in the classroom and we will continue to fight to ensure that every Florida teacher can focus on student success.”

This year, the Governor secured the highest per-pupil funding in Florida history which follows multiple years of Governor Scott securing historic funding for education.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Palm Bay Teacher’s Aide Charged With Molesting Student

PALM BAY, Florida – A Palm Bay teacher’s aide has been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a victim 12-16 years of age and distributing obscene material to a minor.

According to Palm Bay police, 35-year-old Alana L. Chasky had a relationship with a student from Riverdale Country Day School, a  separate Day School that has a contract with Brevard Public Schools but is owned and operated by Behavioral Education Services under the umbrella of Universal Health Services.

According to investigators, the student’s mother became concerned that Chasky and her son were having an inappropriate relationship after she caught Chasky dropping her son off after school and learned that Chasky was also seen by other witnesses picking up the boy from his bus stop.

Palm Bay police initially investigated the mother’s concerns in July 2017, but did not have enough evidence to corroborate a sexual relationship.

In September, the mother told police that she finally had evidence of the relationship and presented text messages between Chasky and her son that referred to sex between the two.

Police were also given video of the two in Chasky’s bed and another still photo of the two together in their underwear.

The student told investigators that the sexual relationship lasted from February 2017 through September 2017.

Chasky was booked into the Brevard County Jail under a $65,000 bond.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Brevard County Public Schools Teacher Pleads Guilty To Molesting Student

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – A Brevard County Public Schools teacher was sentenced to 8 years in prison and 10 years of probation by Brevard County Circuit Court Judge David Dugan on Wednesday after he plead guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14 years of age, one count of molesting a child 12 to 16 years of age, four counts of possession of material depicting a sexual conduct by a child, and one count of using an electronic device to transmit harmful material to a minor.

In August 2015, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Bayard of Merritt Island, Florida, 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.

The investigation began in July 2015, after a former student of Bayard’s reported that she had previously had an inappropriate relationship that began when he was her teacher at Suntree Elementary.

The student had since moved out of state and reported the relationship to her father after the 34-year-old teacher began texting her and sent her an obscene video of himself.

A Sheriff’s Office Agent assumed the teen’s communication with Bayard. During these conversations, the Agent, acting as the child, advised Bayard that the teenager would be in Brevard County on the weekend of August 28, 2015.  Investigators say that Bayard then contacted the Agent for the purpose of meeting the teenage girl for sex.

Bayard then made arrangements to meet the girl at a prearranged location and was arrested after he arrived at the location by Agents.

Bayard was employed with the Brevard County School system during the 2013-14 school year at Kennedy Middle School and Suntree Elementary and 2014-15 at Viera High School.

Bayard’s contract with Brevard County Public Schools was not renewed following his arrest.

Bayard is among a long list of Brevard Public School employees who have been charged with sexual offenses related to children in recent years.

In July 2017, a former BPS bus driver and substitute teacher was arrested on allegations of child molestation.

Just last month, 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.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Satellite High School Teacher Charged With Child Molestation

SATELLITE BEACH, Florida – Charles Krininger, a Satellite High School teacher and Eastern Florida State College instructor was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and promotion of sexual performance of a child under 16 years of age.

According to Brevard County Jail records, the complaint was made to the Satellite Beach Police Department but the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office served a felony arrest warrant on the 40-year-old teacher who resides in Melbourne, Florida.

Krininger’s bond was set at $30,000.

Krininger has been employed as a teacher in Brevard since 2002. He taught at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High in Port St. John from 2002 to 2005 before moving to Satellite High.

Many former female high school students had given Krininger the nickname “Creepy K” for several years prior to the Brevard Public Schools administration finally taking action.

Personnel records show he was counseled and warned by Satellite’s principal for making inappropriate and offensive comments to students in class in 2013.

Krininger earned an “effective” rating on his 2015 performance evaluation, the most recent. The Brevard County School Board recently chastised Brevard County School Superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn for being heavy-handed in giving out “highly-effective” and “effective” ratings to nearly every teacher at Brevard Public Schools.

Krininger, who had taught science at the Satellite Beach campus since 2006, was immediately removed from the school following a student complaint in February 2016 and put on administrative leave. Satellite’s principal contacted Satellite Beach Police upon learning of the student’s statement.

However, School Board records show that Krininger was nominated again in May 2017 for a teacher contract renewal for the 2017-18 school year.

The BPS administration claims that, under Florida law, school districts may terminate teachers on professional contracts upon conviction of certain crimes. In the meantime, Brevard Public Schools has kept Krininger on paid leave – “but away from children – upon advice of counsel,” Brevard Public Schools spokesman Matt Reed wrote in a press release.

But it is not true that Krininger was kept away from Brevard Public School children. That’s because he continued to work as an instructor at Eastern Florida State College where dual-enrolled Brevard Public high school children attend.

A media request made to Reed in the late afternoon today, asking if BPS notified EFSC of the pending investigation and potential harm to minor BPS children attending EFSC, has so far gone unanswered.

The State Attorney’s Office petitioned for a capias warrant on June 29, 2017 which was granted by a Brevard County Circuit Court judge. Krininger was then arrested July 5, 2017.

“It sickens me, totally sickens me, to have to report this kind of news,” Superintendent Desmond Blackburn said.

In addition to contacting police in 2016, BPS immediately launched its own investigation of Krininger and alerted the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Education’s Office of Professional Practices Services.

Blackburn said he hoped the case would not cause BPS’ nearly 9,000 other “amazing and selfless employees to be painted with a broad stroke of doubt.”

Just three days before Krininger’s arrest, a former Brevard Public Schools bus driver and substitute teacher was also arrested for child molestation.

“I pray that you keep in mind that our employees are your neighbors, your friends, your family members, or you,” Blackburn said. “They are phenomenal. That said, when the small percentage commits a crime, especially against our babies, the school board and I will move assertively and transparently.”

Monday, July 3, 2017

Former Brevard Public Schools Substitute Teacher, Bus Driver Arrested For Child Molestation

VIERA, Florida – An owner of a children’s gymnastic club in Brevard County was arrested and charged with sexual battery of a child under 12 Thursday night.

39-year-old Ronald Henry Hartsfield of Merritt Island, Florida was arrested by Rockledge police and booked into the Brevard County Jail under a “no bond” status.

According to Brevard Public Schools spokesman Matt Reed, Hartsfield was also a bus driver from 2013 until his resignation in January 2016.

In addition to being a bus driver, Hartsfield was registered as a substitute teacher for Brevard Public Schools but was removed from the pool of substitute teachers in June due to inactivity.

Hartsfield is the owner of Viera Gymnastics located in Rockledge, Florida that caters to teaching young girls competitive gymnastics.

According to the Rockledge Police Department, Hartsfield went on a road trip with one of his female students to Texas in May when the sexual battery occurred.

In March, the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce named Viera Gymnastics “Business Champion of the Month.”

According to State of Florida records, Viera Gymnastics was started in August 2015.

This is how Viera Gymnastics describes itself on its website:

“Our focus is on training our athletes for local, regional and national competitions. Our primary focus is Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG).  We follow the USAG Junior Olympic Compulsory and Optionals Program.

We provide a small class setting (1:6 teach/student ratio) to allow athletes ample time on apparatus and attention from coaches.

Though we are focused on the competitive aspects of gymnastics we also strive to make it a safe, fun environment where smiles and laughter are often encouraged.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

Brevard County Speech Teacher Arrested For Threatening Principal

SATELLITE BEACH, Florida – Kimberly Loomis, a Brevard County Public Schools speech pathologist, has been arrested for allegedly making threats to a principal at Surfside Elementary School in Satellite Beach, Florida.

According to an arrest report, the 47-year-old speech teacher allegedly sent threatening texts to her co-worker, Lori Masterston.

The long-running animosity between the two school employees began back in April when Loomis “started posting some surprisingly negative things on social media about her principal and the school that were considered unprofessional, especially considering that students and parents were among her friends,” said Brevard Public Schools spokesman Matt Reed.

“A memo shows the principal counseled Loomis on that (she was not formally disciplined), Loomis didn’t accept the principal’s criticism, and that somehow led to the threats by text message, which I saw.”

This is the second time in less than a year that Brevard Public School instructional staff have been arrested when the BPS administration knew of their criminal history.

“This speech pathologist didn’t “fall through the cracks,” said Reed. “She was regarded as a good speech therapist who was arrested in 2014 for a domestic violence situation, and BPS was aware of it. The charges were dropped, which meant there was nothing to warrant a disciplinary action under BPS rules and due process procedures. Mrs. Loomis worked for BPS since 1999 and at no point was considered a threat to children or school staff.”

But while the BPS administration didn’t consider Loomis’ 2014 arrest a threat to children or school staff, the arrest report stated that the Surfside Elementary principal “…was in fear for her life due to Ms. Loomis’ violent criminal history…”

Loomis was charged with one count of making written threats to injure or kill which is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. She was booked into the Brevard County jail and her bond was set at $5,000.

In addition to the pending criminal charges, Loomis is under a BPS investigation for a disciplinary action. The school district is also taking back her employee badge and keys. BPS is also ordering Loomis to stay away from Surfside Elementary School.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Florida’s state teachers union pays 43 employees over $100K

A new school year means another round of dues for the state teachers union.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Brevard County Teachers Charged With Drug Trafficking, BPS Knew History

Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn said that he was appalled to learn of the arrests.

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Two Brevard County Public Schools teachers have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession to distribute controlled substances, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida announced on Wednesday.  If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Brevard County Public Schools Teacher Disciplinary Actions

Below is a list of disciplinary actions taken by the Florida Department of Education against educators' licenses in Brevard Public Schools.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Brevard Public Schools Principal Arrested For Possession of Child Porn

Ricky Shepard, Principal at Spessard Holland Elementary School in Satellite Beach

A Brevard County Public Schools principal was arrested this morning and charged with the possession of child pornography.  Rick “Ricky” Delano Sheppard of Melbourne, Florida, age 59, was arrested after a federal warrant was issued by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security agents.   

Sheppard started his career as a teacher with Brevard Public Schools in 1981. He worked at Port Malabar Elementary from 1981-1984 and later taught at Creel Elementary from 1985-1989 and was promoted to the position of assistant principal. In 1995, he transferred to Gemini Elementary as only a teacher where he remained until 2003.

While at Gemini, Sheppard was investigated for inappropriate conduct with a student in 1999.  As a result of the investigation, he was reprimanded for “inappropriate gifts and comments made to a first grade student.” Notwithstanding the reprimand, he remained employed with Brevard Public Schools.

Sheppard later taught at Freedom 7 Elementary from 2003-07, then was promoted to assistant principal in 2007.  Sheppard transferred to Stevenson Elementary in 2009 as an assistant principal until 2015.   

Despite having a questionable employment record regarding his interaction with children, Sheppard was promoted by the Brevard Public Schools administration to the position of Principal at Spessard Holland Elementary School in Satellite Beach, Florida in 2015. 

In this video and following transcript, Sheppard thanks those responsible at Brevard Public Schools who helped him become principal:

“Congratulations to Mr. Rick Shepard on his recent re-classification and transfer from the position of Assistant Principal at Stevenson Elementary School to the position of Principal at at Holland Elementary,” said Brevard County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn.

“Thank you,” Ricky replied to Dr. Blackburn. “At the risk of sounding like an Oscar acceptance speech, I would certainly would want to thank the Board, [former] Superintendent [Brian] Binggeli, Superintendent Blackburn, [former Central Area Assistant Superintendent ] Mrs. [Kathryn “Jane”] Cline, and Mrs. [Central Area Coordinator Sherri] Bowman, for their confidence in me to lead Holland elementary school as this new school year begins. I’d also like to thank my previous Area Superintendent  Dr. [Laura] Rhinehart and [Debra ‘DJ”] Crannell whose support and leadership has been immensely helpful.”

“My two mentors, Mrs. Dorine Zimmerman, Principal at Freedom 7 Elementary, and Michael Corneau, the Principal at [Robert Louis] Stevenson [Elementrary], for providing me with the leadership opportunities, and opportunities to expand my knowledge to the Stevenson community. It’s been a big part of my life for the past five years, and I’ll certainly take a lot of that with me,” Sheppard continued. ” And to Tiffanny Fleeger, Assistant Principal at Holland, and the Holland community that has welcomed me with open arms and warmth since I arrived on July 1st, and help me confirm that I am right where I need to be. Thank you.”

The arrest comes on the heels of allegations made by School Board candidate Dean Paterakis that the current School Board and administration are doing little to remove, and even promote, teachers with questionable sexually-related conduct around students.

During a recent School Board meeting, Paterakis had attempted to bring up 2014 incident where a BPS teacher was only suspended for 10 days for showing students a picture of his penis but still remains employed by BPS.

At the urging of School Board member Amy Kneesy, School Board Chair Andy Ziegler disrupted Paterakis’ three minutes of public speaking time about the teacher’s inappropriate sexually-related conduct. A BPS security officer then grabbed Paterakis by the shoulder and arm without his consent while pushing down a microphone to intentionally disrupt Paterakis’ allotted speaking time. Uniformed Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies then removed Paterakis from the meeting and charged him with resisting arrests and disrupting a school function. The arrest made national headlines.

Photo and video credit: BPSTV


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Florida Man Arrested For Saying ‘Penis’ At School Board Meeting

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Brevard County School Board candidate Dean Paterakis was arrested at Tuesday's School Board meeting after the School Board Chairman, Andy Ziegler, cut Paterakis' speaking time short upon hearing Paterakis utter the words "erect penis."

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Brevard County Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sex With Student

Dennis Turner

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida — A Brevard County Public Schools drama teacher accused of having a sex with a student while he was employed at Edgewood Jr/Sr High School plead guilty to the crimes on Monday.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Florida Teacher Charged With Sex With A Minor

Stacy Lynn Hooks. Highlands County Jail booking photo.

SEBRING, Florida – A Highlands County Public School teacher is facing nine felony county for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenager.

38-year-old Stacy Lynn Hooks, a math teacher at  Hill-Gustat Middle School in Sebring, Florida was charged with three counts of transmission of harmful information to a child, one count of traveling to meet a child after using a computer to lure a child, and five counts of lewd and lascivious behavior against a child age 12 to 16, according to Highland County Sheriff’s records.

The state prosecution alleged during her bond hearing that Hooks had sex and oral sex with a minor and traded photographs with a teenager, NBC affiliate WFLA reported. Bond was set at $625,000.

Hill-Gustat Middle School has had several disciplinary problems with staff in recent months. The school resource officer was suspended last month for driving 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone which resulted in crashing and flipping the patrol car. The school’s principal was place on administrative leave in September for undisclosed reasons, reports Highlands Today.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Brevard County Teachers To Get Raises, Teach Less

Dr. Desmond Blackburn. Photo Credit: BPS

VIERA, FLA. – Brevard County Public School teachers will be paid more for performing less instructional time this school year. That's because teachers will receive the highest salary increase in eight years and more planning time as a result as of a negotiated settlement for the 2015-2016 contract between the Brevard School Board and the Brevard Federation of Teachers union.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

BCSO: Brevard County School Teacher Traveled To Meet Minor For Sex

Andrew Bayard

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Agents with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 32-year-old Andrew Bayard of Merritt Island, Florida after he allegedly traveled to a prearranged location in Brevard County Friday afternoon to meet a teenage girl for the purpose of engaging in a sexual relationship. He was charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex and Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor. Bayard was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on $70,000 bond.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Florida Teacher Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Her Student

Isabel Khan photo
VIERA, FLORIDA — A Brevard County, Florida teacher has plead guilty to having sex with her then-14-year-old student.

34-year-old Irene Isabel Khan of Melbourne, Florida, who was arrested by West Melbourne Police on June 13, 2012 on sex-related charges involving a 14-year-old student, plead guilty to two counts of lewd or lascivious battery against a child 12 to 16 years of age – a second degree felony. According to court records, Khan had been initially charged with eight felony counts.

Brevard County Circuit Court Judge James H. Earp sentenced Khan to two years of community control and ten years sex offender probation. Both the State Attorney and Khan’s defense attorney, Richard W. Austin, Esq., of the Melbourne law firm Kernan & Austin, L.L.C., acknowledged to Judge Earp that Khan’s sentence was a downward departure from Florida’s sentencing guidelines.

Isabel Khan photo
Khan was a science teacher at Imagine School in West Melbourne when she was alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old male student of hers over a period of several months during the 2011-2012 school year.  

According to statements made by the student to police, he and Khan engaged in sexual activity several times including in her car, her apartment, and several hotels and motels in the local area.

Khan was married at the time when she was alleged to have had sexual activity with her student. According to court records, she filed for divorce in October 2011.  The divorce was granted in September 2012.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Florida Teacher Asked To Leave Over Sexy Modeling Pics

Facebook Photo / Victoria Valentine James (Olivia Sprauer)
MARTIN COUNTY, Florida — A Florida teacher was asked to leave her job early after her principal in Martin County discovered the teacher’s sexy modeling pictures on the internet,  WPEC reports in the video below.

26-year-old Olivia Sprauer, who’s modeling stage name is “Victoria Valentine James,” appears to be enjoying the media spotlight.  Sprauer wrote on her modeling Facebook page, “I’m too sexy for my job… Lol…” next to a picture of the Huffington Post Headline “Too Sexy For Her Job, Teacher Fired After Bikini Pics Surface.”

Sprauer describes herself on her modeling profile as a, “…graduate student living in South Florida. I am very open minded and enjoy modeling for all types of shoots… I am more than comfortable shooting TASTEFUL nudes for the right projects and look forward to hearing from photographers interested in capturing the perfect photograph!”


Brevard County Jail Inmates Draw Lucky Straws

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

NJ Teacher Accused Of Sex With Student Arrested In FL

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida arrested a teacher on January 24 who is wanted in New Jersey on charges of sexual assault on a student at the school where she was a teacher. 

28-year old Jennalin Garcia-Calle was taken into custody last week by U.S. Marshals and task force officers from the Ft. Lauderdale and Davie Police Departments.  The fugitive teacher was arrested at the Recovery Institute of South Florida located at 5540 David Rd., in Davie, Florida.

The Plainfield Police Department, which is located approximately 20 miles south of Newark, New Jersey, issued an arrest warrant for Garcia-Calle on January 22, 2013 charging her with Sexual Assault in the 2nd Degree and Child Abuse in the 4th Degree. 

The arrest warrant alleges that Garcia-Calle engaged in sex acts with a 16-year old male student while having Supervisory or Disciplinary power over the student.  

The Child Abuse allegations allege Garcia-Calle performed indecent, immoral or unlawful acts in the presence of a child 16 years old.  The sexual assault and child abuse allegations were alleged to have been committed between December 1, 2012 and January 17, 2013.  The sexual acts are also alleged to have occurred at the school where Garcia-Calle was a teacher. 

Last Thursday, investigators and the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in New Jersey received information that Garcia-Calle fled the Newark, New Jersey area and headed to South Florida to get “Help”.  

Investigators in New Jersey immediately contacted the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Ft. Lauderdale to locate Garcia-Calle. Deputy Marshals and task force officers quickly responded to the Recovery Institute in Davie, Florida and located Garcia-Calle. S he was placed under arrest and taken into custody without incident. 

Garcia-Calle was booked into the Broward County jail on the outstanding charges from New Jersey. 

She is being held in the Broward County Jail in Florida on $200,000 and she is expected to extradited to New Jersey in the coming days.

PHOTO CREDIT: Union County Prosecutor’s Office