Flood Warning issued September 21 at 8:56PM EDT expiring September 26 at 2:00PM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough
A prosecutor told a judge that a Polk County teacher used “subterfuge” and “deception” to carry on a sexual relationship with a teenage student.
Jennifer Fichter, 29, of Davenport had little more than “Yes sir” to say in her first appearance Wednesday before the judge. She spoke so softly her voice could barely be heard.
Judge Barry Bennett ordered her to have no contact with the victim, a 17-year-old Florida Aerospace Academy student, and gave her a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The judge set her bond at $70,000.
She faces six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, but investigators believe their encounters occurred as many as 30 times.
Fichter will be transferred to Hillsborough County, where she faces three additional counts in the case. She could see a second judge as early as Thursday morning.
Polk County School District officials say they’re cooperating with multiple law enforcement agencies. The superintendent will recommend Fichter’s termination at Tuesday's school board meeting.
Fichter, a teacher for the Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, is accused of having a sexual relationship with her student that, according to her, ended in a pregnancy and abortion.
New complaints against the English teacher have surfaced from a different 17-year-old's parents.
The Lakeland couple says Fichter sent inappropriate Facebook messages to their son while he was a Central Florida Aerospace Academy student in 2012. They also say she went to lunch and shopped with him over the summer.
They took their complaints to the Polk County Sheriff's Office and said they felt betrayed when investigators concluded there was no criminal activity. The couple said they transferred their son to another school shortly after.
ABC Action News also learned Fichter taught at Orlando's Robinswood Middle School, where she abruptly resigned in the middle of the 2008 school year as amid an internal investigation.
We are requesting her personnel file from the Orange County School District to find out more about the circumstances of that investigation.