NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A 26-year-old former science teacher at New Smyrna Beach Middle School was arrested on Wednesday after an eighth-grade student told his parents about their alleged sexual secret relationship.
MPs from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said the relationship between Stephanie Peterson, also known as Stephanie Ferri, and the 14-year-old boy began in November. The victim was a former student of Peterson when he was in seventh grade, according to the arrest report.
The victim told his parents Tuesday night about the relationship after another teacher called the victim's mother because the boy had asked if he would take care of him, according to a press release.
After a few minutes, the boy announced that he and Peterson had a sexual relationship and that he had slipped away the night to meet them, according to the report.
The student told a detective that Peterson had sent him nude photos via Snapchat and Instagram. Detectives said they could identify Peterson because her face was on the photos.
According to the arrest report, Peterson would pick up the boy after 11pm from home. while her husband was at work, he brought him home the next day at one o'clock in the morning or two o'clock in the morning.
The victim told the authorities that Peterson said he could not tell anyone about their relationship or they would be in trouble. He said she bought him marijuana.
Detectives noted that the victim's notes began to suffer after the alleged relationship had begun.
Peterson is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and a count of transferring harmful materials to a minor. She was taken to the Volusia County Jail on Wednesday morning, and her lawsuit includes a $ 25,000 bail.
Wolusia School District officials said Peterson had resigned from her teaching job. A district spokesman said Peterson had been working for the district since 2010, first as a substitute teacher and later in Creekside Middle from 2013 to 2016 and then New Smyrna Beach Middle School as a science teacher since August 2016.
Detectives said they are looking for more potential victims. Anyone with information is requested to call the Child Exploitation Unit of Volusia County Sheriff's Office at 386-323-3574.
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