Polk teacher faces 20 more charges for sex with student

Lakeland, Florida -- The Polk County teacher who was arrested last week after it was revealed she was allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of her students is facing more charges. However, these new charges are for an alleged relationship Jennifer Fichter had with a different student back in 2011.

Polk Sheriff's detectives say that new information has come to light in the ongoing investigation in that case resulting in 20 new charges against Fichter. Detectives say in an interview with the young man who was 17 at the time the incidents occurred, he detailed how their relationship escalated from a teacher-student relationship to one of a sexual nature.

The young man told detectives he was a student in Fichter's English class while she taught at Central Florida Aerospace Academy when they started spending time together after normal school hours. He said they would communicate through a text messaging app that he downloaded on his iPod since he didn't have a cell phone.

Then, sometime in Sept. 2011, he said the two would meet up at her apartment at Victoria Manor Apartments where they would spend time watching television and cuddling on the couch. Their relationship began to progress when he said he came on to her with interactive flirtatious conversations and the two went from kissing to having consensual sex in October 2011.

He said between then and May 2012, Fichter would also come to his house and they had sex about 20 times while his mother was out.

Fichter has since been fired from her job with the Polk County School District and will face a judge on these new charges on Thursday, April 24.

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