April 13, 2016
Tavares, FL – A former Lake County teacher who was found guilty of a sex crime in Kentucky against a minor will not be able to teach in Florida again.
Florida officials revoked the former middle-school teacher’s license to teach last month. This comes after accusations in Kentucky including sodomy, sex with a minor and possessing child porn, according to reports.
The 26-year-old man was a seventh-grade math teacher in Groveland, but was terminated shortly after the 2013 allegations surfaced.
He allegedly admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old and having sexual conversations through text messaging, as well as sending and receiving pornographic photos through cell phones with the teenager, according to police reports.
The man ultimately took a plea deal last year for possession of child porn. The deal included serving 60 days in jail, giving up his teaching license, registering as a sex offender and serving 10 years on probation.
Sex crimes carry many serious consequences, but as an educator, a conviction can bring an end to the career that you worked so hard to achieve. The state of Florida does not take sex crimes accusations lightly, especially when they involve teachers and students. The mere accusation of teacher misconduct of a sexual nature is going to spur an outrage of emotions. In most cases, police, prosecutors and your peers will side with the alleged victim and presume you are guilty before any facts reveal otherwise.
You need to seek legal counsel as soon as a sex crime accusation has been made. These allegations will not just disappear; in fact, they could haunt you for the rest of your life. A Lake County Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you understand what you are up against and work with you to achieve the best possible defense for the specific crime(s) you are accused of. Your first step starts with calling us for a free consultation at 866-608-5529. We can begin helping you today.