A teacher at Atlantic Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida has been arrested on charges she had a sexual relationship with an underage student.
Officers met with the victim last Friday. The student told them 23-year-old English teacher Danielle Reed had engaged in both oral sex and sexual intercourse on several occasions. The student told police the relationship lasted from March 1 to June 15, 2012.
ACHS head football coach Kevin Sullivan told First Coast News that the school’s staff was told the victim was a student. The student was not, however, one of Sullivan’s football players.
The victim told police he and Reed had planned to spend the night together, but they knew the student’s mother would not allow it. The student then made up a friend named “Josh” and pretended to spend the night at his house.
Reed then went to the victim’s home with her black labrador, Dexter, and pretended to be Josh’s mother. The victim was then allowed to leave with Reed.
The mother later told the same story about Reed posing as “Josh’s” mother.
The police report said the victim admitted to telling their mother about the sexual relationship with Reed about a month ago.
Detectives brought Reed to the Police Memorial Building to be interviewed. They asked her about her living situation, and she said she lived alone with the exception of Dexter. She was then arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery on a victim older than 12 but under 18.
Danielle Reed is being held in the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility on $150,003 bond. Her next court date is scheduled for December 3.
Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Schools, released the following statement:
“I am deeply troubled by the allegations of sexual misconduct by a teacher. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the alleged victim. This behavior is not representative of the more than 8,000 teachers in our classrooms who are positive role models for our students.”
Johnson said Vitti will be recommending Reed be suspended without pay pending termination at the December 4 School Board meeting.