A year-old woman who had just quit her job as a middle school teacher in Florida was arrested Wednesday for allegedly having a secret sexual relationship with a year-old boy, police said. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the teen said Stephanie Peterson also sent him nude photos. Peterson, also known as Stephanie Ferri, was arrested on two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor, the sheriff's office said. She was booked into a county jail, and an online inmate search showed that she remained in custody Thursday morning. Investigators believe the relationship started in November.
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Reports of teachers accused of unlawful sexual relationships with their students continue to make headlines. Here are some of the stories covered in recent years. Lockhart, Texas, police said Sarah Fowlkes, a year-old high school teacher, had an improper relationship with a year-old student. She turned herself in after a warrant was issued for her arrest in March The teen told investigators in Volusia County, Florida, that Peterson, 26, would give him marijuana. In , Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader-turned-teacher Sarah Jones pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a year-old student. Debra Lafave, a reading teacher at Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, Florida, was charged in with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a person under 16 for having sex with a year-old boy.
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In common law jurisdictions, statutory rape is nonforcible sexual activity in which one of the individuals is below the age of consent the age required to legally consent to the behavior. The terms child sexual abuse or child molestation may also be used, but statutory rape generally refers to sex between an adult and a minor past the age of puberty , and may therefore be distinguished from child sexual abuse. In statutory rape, overt force or threat is usually not present. Statutory rape laws presume coercion , because a minor or mentally handicapped adult is legally incapable of giving consent to the act. In many jurisdictions, the age of consent is interpreted to mean mental or functional age.
In , she pleaded guilty to lewd or lascivious battery against a teenager. The charges stemmed from a sexual encounter with a year-old male student in mid Lafave's plea bargain included no prison time, opting for three years of house arrest due to safety concerns, and seven years of probation.