Bond for former teacher accused of sex with students balloons to more than a quarter million

A former English teacher accused of having sex with at least three students had her bond raised Friday to well over a quarter million dollars.
 
Jennifer Fichter seemed unfazed by her new wardrobe and surroundings as she faced a judge for a second time this week.
 
Fichter appeared to be in a good mood, even smiling at the bailiff's jokes.
 
A prosecutor requested a higher than standard bond due to multiple victims. They called her a danger to society.
 
The judge set bond at $300,000 on Fichter’s 20 new charges. That's in addition to the $70,000 bond set last week for the first victim.
 
Lakeland Police Department is still investigating a case involving a third victim.
 
Matthew Farmer, Fichter's Tampa based lawyer, had no comment for reporters.
 
Friday afternoon, ABC Action News also obtained the rest of the evidence submitted to the Polk County Sheriff's Office back in 2012. In that case, the mother of 17-year-old Freedom Roche went to detectives when she found her son texting Fichter, his former teacher.
 
In a Facebook exchange with the teenager, Fichter talks about getting nervous with "new babies,” apparently referring to a new class of students, according to investigators.
 
Freedom wrote back, "Ok stop that, you sound like a whore… no offense."
 
In another message he wrote, "… considering (another boy) isn't gonna do that for you, you have to go sleep with other guys."
 
We are not releasing the name of the other boy because he may be a victim.
 
Fichter replied, "Ummmm no more mention of that."
 
"Why didn't somebody do something about this two years ago when I did bring it to their attention? It's almost like it's a little too late," said Abby, Freedom's mother.
 
A spokesperson for the Polk County Sheriff's Office said, in retrospect, that particular exchange on Facebook stands out but reiterated that there was no indication of misconduct.
 
Friday the Sheriff’s Office released the audio interview with Freedom, including his response to the detectives when asked if Fichter slept with his friends.
 
"I have not heard anything about it, so I'm 100 percent sure that nothing is going on between them as well," he told the detective.
 
Two years later, Fichter is facing nearly 30 charges involving sex with two 17-year-old students and police are investigating a third.
 
The State Attorney's Office said it's reviewing the third case, but has not decided yet on whether to file charges.
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