Valerie Michelle Valvo, an art teacher at Central High School in Brooksville, Florida, admitted to having a relationship with her 17-year-old student, where she would give him drugs and alcohol despite his young age, in order to make him feel more comfortable with her.
She told police that the two had sex at least six times, and that she brought him over to her house where they would do the deed. She said she used alcohol and marijuana to set the mood.
According to Florida law, a 17-year-old is not yet old enough to consent to such a relationship. Valvo was arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The Daily Mail reports further:
Deputies said she was placed under arrest at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest took place Wednesday, WFLA reports.
Valvo has been charged with three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Denise Maloney with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office told WFLA: ‘She did admit that she was having a sexual relationship with the student.
‘The student is 17 years old. He’s not old enough to consent to a relationship like that.’
Deputies said: ‘Detectives remained in contact with the School Resource Officer at Central High School, as well as administrators from the Hernando County School Board, regarding the investigation.
Valvo is suspended with pay pending the investigation outcome, WFLA reports.
She posted $15,500 bail and has been released from the Hernando County Detention Center, the Florida Oracle reports.