A married teacher, Stephanie Peterson has been arrested over an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old pupil. The 26-year-old was arrested Wednesday for sending nude selfies to the boy and buying him drugs, police said.
She was charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor.
The science teacher at New Smyrna Beach Middle School began a relationship with a student in 8th grade in November, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reported. She has reportedly now resigned, the school district said.
The victim’s grades began to suffer after the illicit relationship began and she told him they couldn’t tell anyone or they’d get in trouble, it is alleged.
However, the police were eventually alerted to the alleged illicit relationship on Tuesday when the teen finally told his parents about it.
Peterson was arrested and is presently held on a $25,000 bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail.
School officials told police that Peterson resigned from her teaching position on Monday.
Peterson is pictured with her firefighter husband Brandon, 31