A former Florida middle school teacher was arrested Wednesday for allegedly carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student, sending the teen nude pictures and supplying him with marijuana.
Stephanie Ferri, 26, quit her job as a science teacher at New Smyrna Beach Middle School on Monday. She is charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Police said the investigation into Ferri started after the teen told his parents about the relationship on Tuesday. The eighth-grade student said Ferri would send him nude photos of herself and began picking him up at his house around 11 p.m. and bringing him back between 1 and 2 a.m.
Ferri would take the teenage boy to her house while her husband, a firefighter, was at work, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. On other occasions, Ferri would meet the teen at a barn on his parents’ property.
Ferri filed for divorce from her husband, Brandon Ferri, on Feb. 12, the News-Journal reported.
The teen told police that his grades had suffered as a result of the relationship, which began in November. He said Ferri warned him not to tell anyone about it. He also told investigators that she bought him marijuana and pipes to smoke it with.
Ferri was the boy’s science teacher last year when he was in seventh grade, The Washington Post reported.
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