Valerie Michelle Valvo, 34,from Florida, admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old student after drinking and doing drugs, which she also gave to the minor.
The teenager also admitted freely to the relationship. Police questioned them both after receiving a tip about a teacher having sex with a student at the high school.
At the very least, both she and the teen, unnamed because of his age, say this was a consensual relationship.
Valvo was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Denise Moloney of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said: “He’s not old enough to consent to a relationship like that.”
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School authorities said the art teacher has been employed for the past three years.
She has been suspended on full pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
Valvo’s mugshot, which was posted to Facebook by police, shows her sporting a colourful chest tattoo, as well as some ink on her left arm.
One resident said: “The sad part is that this woman is well liked by many students.”
Another said: “I have to wonder what goes through the mind of an individual like this.
“There have been so many cases such as this all over the country. Each time the teacher is caught and loses their job, their family, their dignity, and their freedom.
“Why does each one that comes after the countless before them makes them think they will end up any different?”
Earlier this week Texas biology teacher Sarah Fowlkes was pictured grinning like a Cheshire cat in her police mugshot after she was arrested for having sex with a pupil aged 17.