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Tampa, Florida - Middleton High School Assistant Principal Lauren Tilo spent her days on campus and her nights on the computer playing the popular online game, World of Warcraft.

No one ever expected that the administrator on the rise at Middleton would be accused of a felony, involving a 14-year-old boy.

Today, Tilo was arrested at 6 a.m. at her Tampa home, accused of sending a cell phone picture of her breasts to a 14-year-old boy in Manatee County.

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 Lauren Tilo's arrest report (WARNING: Graphic language)

Hillsborough County Schools Spokesperson Linda Cobbe tells us, "Everyone is disappointed. We have to count on our teachers to use good judgment. While none of our students are involved, we have real issues with what's alleged."

In one message, Lauren allegedly asks the teen, "Do you want to take off my clothing? I'm wearing a t-shirt and thong. I want you to ****  me hard."

Neighbor Angie Delaplane told us "You hear about these things so much nowadays, it's like, 'What's going on?' "

We asked, "Would you have expected from her?"

She told us, "No, not at all. No, not ever, not in a million years." 

Investigators say the two began an online sexual relationship in February while playing World of Warcraft online and talking on the phone.

Things escalated when, in March, Lauren sent a picture of herself topless, detectives say, to the boy's cell phone.

Dave Bristow with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office says each party knew the other's age.

In fact, the teen, deputies say, repeatedly told the assistant principal he was 14-years-old.  "The two of them talked about their ages in their conversations, and he even knew she was some sort of administrator in the schools."

Tilo is now charged with Transmission of Harmful Materials to a Minor.

When Lauren allegedly sent that topless picture of herself over her cell phone, that's when this became a felony, detectives say.

Bristow says, "We don't have any illegal activity, as far as what they were talking about back and forth. Now, was it in bad taste? Yes. Was it something that absolutely should not have been done? Absolutely. No doubt about it."

If they had just had a sexual conversation, according to Florida law, that's not illegal.

Lauren's neighbor went on to say, "I don't know what's going on in the world today. I mean, that's a major responsibility to our kids.  Who knows what's going on their minds?"

Detectives do not know if there other victims out there.  They are asking that if there are any other students that had inappropriate contact with Lauren Tilo, to come forward.

Join a discussion on MomsLikeMe.com about the arrest and teaching kids how to protect themselves online.

Melanie Brooks, 10 Connects

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