Sexual predators are getting more inventive these days. A Jacksonville, Florida English teacher pretended to have a son so that she could have boys over for sleepovers without raising suspicion.
Police say Danielle Reed, who taught at Atlantic Coast High School, had a four-month-long relationship with a student that was between 12 and 18 years old. She had told the victim's parents she had a child named Josh and picked up the boy for a sleepover with her fake son.
Reportedly, the teacher-student pair wanted to spend the night together, but the kid knew that his mother wouldn't go for it, so he made up the friend he was supposedly planning to visit. He claims Reed was more than happy to go along with the rouse. The unbelievable lie was exposed when her alleged teen lover finally told his mom the truth.
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Reed was arrested on felony sexual battery charges and her bail was at $150,000. Despite the claims, many students still can't believe it's actually true. "She was the sweetest woman ever. I was shocked. I was appalled," student Justin Pera told News4Jax. "I don't know. I don't believe it. Well, I kind of believe it. We'll see if she's proven guilty. I will give her the benefit of the doubt though."
As expected, the principal has released a statement saying that this behavior would not be tolerated at the school. But teacher-student affairs are certainly nothing new. There have been many cases exposed in recent years and they usually involve the couple fooling around in the class after hours, in a car in a darkened parking lot, or at the teacher's home. But -- if guilty of what this boy claims -- Reed took it to another level. She looked in that mom's face, made up a ridiculous lie, and drove away with her son. It's troubling and bizarre. I just can't believe the lengths this woman went to in order to have sex with her student. Did she really think she could get away with that?
Are you surprised a person would create a fake son to get away with sleeping with a student?
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