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Ariel Reed, 30, from Sebring, faces 10 sexual crimes for alleged sexual abuse of a 15-year-old
A 30-year-old Florida high school teacher was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a 15-year-old student.
According to an arrest statement received by PEOPLE, Ariel Madden Reed of Sebring was arrested on Friday and a victim, aged 12 to 18, was charged with 10 sexual cases by a teacher with custody authority.
She was taken to Highlands County Prison and held without bond.
“If we find out that there is a teacher who cares for a student inappropriately, they will go to jail,” Scott Dressel, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, told the WFLA local station. “A 30-year-old woman cannot have a relationship with a 15-year-old woman, or at least not.”
Reed’s husband, Jonathan Patrick Reed, 37, was also arrested on Friday. She is accused of interfering with the execution of the search warrant.
“They slammed the door in their faces trying to get in,” Dressel claimed to the WFLA. “And then he never cooperated during the whole event.”
Reed’s husband was released on a bail. He and his wife have not begged yet. It is unclear if they are hiring lawyers who can speak for themselves.
In a press release from the Sheriff’s Department, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the case after a school officer found out that the student had inappropriate images of Reed on his phone.
Interrogated by detectives, the boy says he described “many sexual encounters between him and Reed” between November 2020 and earlier this month.
The publication claimed that the student had sex at Reed’s home, sometimes with her husband, in her car, and in the locker in her high school classroom.
“This seems like the last place you would want to do something like this – it would be in the classroom, but I guess if you were involved in this kind of relationship in the first place, your opinion is not so true.” Dressel told WFLA.
The alleged harassment, according to the affidavit, says that Reed started in December, with the student sometimes going to and from school.
He said on affidavit that Reed “had been attracted to him since the first day of school.”
The victim allegedly claims that their first kiss was “small” and “got out” when they stopped their car in the middle of the road before the Christmas holidays.
The affidavit allegedly that Reed began having sex with the student at home during the Christmas holidays.
“I would like to commend Sebring High staff for their immediate action and prompt notification of the school resource assistant, and also for the Special Victims Unit for their speedy work to develop this case,” Sheriff Paul Blackman said in a statement.
“We are committed to providing a safe learning environment in all Highlands County schools, so we are shocked and regretted by these allegations,” said Assistant Inspector Andrew Lethbridge in a statement.