A Florida middle school drama teacher was arrested Monday after allegedly having sex on multiple occasions with a former student in her car, a report said.
The alleged relationship between Brittiny Lopez-Murray, 31, and the 14-year-old student began after the teacher texted the teen in August about “her feelings toward” him, according to a police report obtained by the Miami Herald.
Lopez-Murray and the student — who is now in high school — exchanged texts detailing “how much they enjoyed the sex with each other,” the report said.
The teacher would sometimes pick him up after basketball practice and then the two would allegedly engage in sexual acts in her car, according to the report.
Lopez-Murray has taught at Hialeah Middle for four years and was named “rookie teacher of the year” in 2017.
The alleged relationship was uncovered Saturday after the student’s sister saw explicit texts and photos between him and the teacher, the report said.
The boy’s father also found nude photos of Lopez-Murray on his son’s phone, according to the report.
The Miami-Dade school district told the Miami Herald that Lopez-Murray will be fired in light of her arrest.
“All employees receive training and are expected to abide by the District’s Standards of Ethical Conduct policy. It is unfortunate that despite our efforts, the actions of some individuals run contrary to the behavior that is expected of them,” the district said.
Lopez-Murray was charged with lewd and lascivious battery, molestation, and engaging in a sexual act with a child.
One of the teacher’s lawyers, Landon Ray, said his client is “presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“We hope everyone is patient, doesn’t rush to judgment and respects the family’s privacy,” the lawyer said.
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