Teacher arrested for sex, pushing drugs to student

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida. - A married middle school teacher was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Stephanie Peterson, 26, a former science teacher at the New Smyrna Beach Middle School, is accused of having a sex with her former 7th grade student beginning in November of 2017. She was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor. She is being held on $25,000 bail.

Peterson allegedly told the boy to keep their sexual activity secret. She also bought him marijuana and paraphernalia. She also sent him nude photos on Snapchat and Instagram with her face clearly visible. This made it easy for police to identify her.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told reporters that the 14-year-old's parents confronted Peterson about breaking it off. When Peterson ignored them, the parents called police.


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