A St. Petersburg woman has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy she met while teaching at a private school.
Elisha Joy Kingsley, 39, came under investigation in late July after Pinellas County sheriff’s detectives learned of her alleged sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
Kingsley met the boy while teaching at the Canterbury School of Florida, according to the Sheriff’s Office. They began texting each other in June and, on July 5, detectives say the pair met to have sex.
"This situation is deeply sad for us, because our students and their safety is our primary concern," Mac Hall, head of the Canterbury School of Florida, told ABC Action News. "We are aware of the arrest of a former employee. The teacher resigned before this information became available to us, however once we were made aware of the information we immediately reported the matter to (Department of Children and Families) as required by law."
Kingsley has been charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.
She was released from jail Monday after posting a $20,000 bond.
If you have information about the case or are aware of other alleged victims, contact detectives at 727-582-6200.
To remain anonymous and eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org .