A female teacher has been charged with sexually molesting a six-year-old pupil and telling him he was her "boyfriend".
Christina Sanchez-Rodriguez, 30, is accused of repeatedly abusing her former student two years ago in Marion County, Florida.
Police investigated after the alleged victim spoke up when he realised a relative of his was about to be at the same school.
Officers told local news channel WCJB that he was in second grade at Evergreen Elementary School at the time.
According to the deputy’s report containing the allegations, Sanchez-Rodriguez told the boy that she liked him like a “boyfriend” and not to tell anyone.
She allegedly removed him from having lunch at the school for some special attention and contacted the victim’s family on the weekends to take him “fun places” including going to see a famous athlete and to Sky Zone.
Deputies also claimed that Sanchez-Rodriguez would give the boy different gifts including a necklace with the words ‘Te Amo’ which is Spanish for “I love you”.
The news channel reports during an interview with the Florida Department of Children and Families, investigators learned that the boy told Sanchez-Rodriguez several times that he did not want to her to touch him, but she would get upset and ignore him during class.
They said he finally plucked up the courage to speak out about the situation when he found out one of his family members would be in Sanchez-Rodriguez’s kindergarten class, as a substitute teacher at a different school.
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Marion County Public Schools spokesman Kevin Christian told the station: “We have more than 7,000 employees and employees make decisions on their own sometimes and sometimes those decisions are poor choices and bad decision and we have great people who work for our system but unfortunately there are some who do wrong and make bad choices and we deal with those situations, usually those folks are fired and no longer work in our school district and we move forward.”
And Marion County Sheriff’s Officer Sgt. Paul Bloom told them: “It’s unfortunate that in society that you have acts of this kind that go on.
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“We do all we can to protect our children and we’ve got to continue to do that.
"We have to be vigilant and even more vigilant these days protecting our children from predators such as this and that just begins with a simple conversation with our child letting them know it is okay to talk.”
Sanchez-Rodriguez was arrested Friday last week on a $25,000 bond.
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Astonishingly, this is now the third school district employee to be arrested this year for sexually abusing students, the station reports.
Frederick Lamar Hamilton, who is a former paraprofessional a Liberty Middle School, was arrested on Thursday October 1st after a 17-year-old told deputies that Hamilton sexually assaulted him a number of times over several years.
And in August, Ocala Police arrested 31-year-old Nick Elder, who was a Vanguard High School employee that admitted to having sexual relations with a 17-year-old Vanguard student.
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