20-year-old Ayanna Davis, a Florida substitute high school teacher has been charged with sexually battering a student after school authorities were alerted of a video allegedly showing one of the sexual encounters.
The former Lakeland High School substitute is said to have sexually abused a male student who is 16 or younger. They reportedly had unprotected sex on four occasions; twice at her Lakeland home and twice at the student’s home, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).
One of the sexual encounters was recorded on Snapchat and shown to a group of high school football players, according to the news release. Another student notified school resource officers about the video, which prompted the PCSO investigation earlier this month.
Davis faces two counts of sexual battery by custodian and offenses against students by an authority figure from county warrants, in addition to two counts of sexual battery by the Lakeland Police Department.
Her statement also reportedly matched what the victim told detectives. Sheriff Grady Judd said;
“This is a clear violation of sexual battery laws. She was in a position of influence over the victim, and she took advantage of that for her own twisted pleasure.”
The former substitute teacher was first arraigned on December 11 and granted a $60,000. Jail records revealed she was released on bail on Tuesday December 14. She is scheduled to appear back in court on January 10. It is unclear if she has obtained an attorney.
Davis who was working at the school through her employer Kelly Education, which helps Polk County Public Schools find substitute teachers, has been an employee since August. She has however now been deactivated and will be unable to accept staffing assignments pending the criminal investigation.
Kelly Education said in a statement;
“Davis successfully completed and passed all the required background and screening requirements. Polk County School District requires substitute teacher candidates to have a high school diploma or GED. The results of the background and screening requirements were cleared by the Polk County School District.”
Kelly Education also reiterated that student safety is their “highest prioirty.” PCSO also said Kelly Education has been notified that Davis will not be able to work within the Polk County Public School system.
Superintendent Frederick Heid said;
“We expect substitute teachers to uphold the same high standards of conduct and professionalism as our full-time educators.
“The charges against this person are disgraceful and a complete violation of the trust that teachers build with their students. There is no room in our schools for this type of conduct.”