A married middle school science teacher has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of the students who is reported to be just 14 years old. She also sent him nude photos of herself.
The female teacher identified as Stephanie Peterson was arrested on Wednesday morning in New Smyrna, Florida after the boy allegedly confided in his parents.
The 8th grader told them that Peterson, whose married name is Ferri, picked him up occasionally from their home at 11pm and often spent hours with him in private afterward.
He also said that she sent him nude photographs of herself and that she had bought him marijuana and a ‘bowl to smoke it’.
The boy is reported to have opened up to his parents after he began to lag behind in his studies and his grades began to drop.
Peterson was booked into county jail on a charge of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmitting harmful materials to a child.
She resigned from her job on Monday, a day before she was arrested.
According to the boy, Peterson told him he could not tell anyone about their relationship when she they were together alone. Peterson and her firefighter husband Brandon have been married since 2015 and do not have any children.
It was reported that they both deleted their social media profiles as news of her arrest emerged.
Peterson was booked into county jail on a $25,000 bond.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest on Facebook.
Investigators alleged that the relationship between Peterson and the boy began in November 2017. And it is quite disgraceful of someone that is positioned to monitor and groom the kids. According to the office of the Sheriff, she will be charged to court once investigations are completed.
It is not clear if he is one of her students.