A fourth-grade teacher is under arrest after police say they found nude photos of her on a cell phone belonging to a 17-year-old boy.
Police say they began investigating on Monday after officers were called to the Highland Recreation Center. A woman and teen had been seen entering a unisex bathroom and witnesses told police the pair had stayed inside for 10 minutes.
During questioning, the teen and the woman – later identified by police as Lesley Brown – told police that the teen was her gym workout partner and spotter; both insisted nothing had happened in the bathroom. However, Brown was issued a trespass warning by the facility staff and the teen’s mother was called to take him home.
Later in the evening, however, police say they obtained nude photos of Brown from the teen’s phone, along with lewd texts.
Brown, 45, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony counts of transmission of material harmful to minors. She was being held on a $5,000 bond, but updates Wednesday morning said she has since bonded out.
Police say Brown works as a teacher at Fuguitt Elementary. The school's website lists her as a reading and writing teacher. But police insisted that the alleged relationship between the two had nothing to do with Brown's position as a teacher, nor did the two meet in an "educational setting."
The school district issued a brief statement Wednesday morning saying that they were investigating, even though the allegations did not happen at school.
"Ms. Brown has been employed by the Pinellas County School District for six years and has no prior discipline record," the statement added.
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