A critical thinking teacher at Sebring High School in Florida has been arrested and booked in county jail for sexual misconduct with a student.
Ariel Madden Reed, 30, was arrested on Friday and charged with 10 counts of sexual battery for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
Reed was accused of having sex with the teenager between November 2020 and February 2021.
“I want to commend the staff at Sebring High School for taking immediate action and quickly notifying the school resource deputy, as well as the Special Victims Unit for working quickly to develop this case,” Sheriff Paul Blackman wrote in a statement. “We take any allegations involving children very seriously and are continuing to investigate.”
The Special Victims Unit launched an investigation into the activities of the teacher after a school resource deputy reported that a male teen had nude photos of Reed on his cell phone, according to the report.
When questioned by detectives, the boy described multiple sexual encounters between himself and the teacher, Fox news reported. The victim said they had sex at Reed’s home, in her car and in her classroom at the school between November of 2020 and earlier this month, according to the report.
The teacher was on Wednesday placed on administrative leave when the Special Victims Unit opened its investigation.
“We are committed to providing a safe learning environment in all Highlands County schools, so we are shocked and saddened by these allegations. School administration and district officials are fully cooperating with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office as they investigate this matter,” Deputy Superintendent Andrew Lethbridge wrote in a statement. “No further comments will be made as this is an ongoing investigation.”
Reed had worked for the district since 2015. Before transferring to the high school in 2019, she had taught at Avon Park Middle School and served as an office staffer at Woodlawn Elementary School and the district office, according to the report.
Reed’s husband, Jonathan Patrick Reed, 37, was also arrested the same day after deputies say he interfered in the execution of a search warrant, the report said.