Hillsborough County teacher accused of having sex with student, deputies say

After a teacher is accused of sex with a teen boy, the question of how teachers and students have contacts is raised.

TAMPA, Fla. – A Ruskin high school teacher accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student was arrested Thursday.

Caroline Lawson, 29, is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lawson at her home on Crescent Loop Circle near High Hammock Drive around 5 p.m. Thursday. The sheriff’s office said Lawson sent a series of text messages to a witness that described the sexual encounter with the boy.

Hillsborough County Public Schools said Lawson was a teacher at Lennard High School. She was hired in August 2014. The district released a statement on Friday morning. 

"We are deeply disappointed by these charges. The safety of our students is our top priority. We are working with law enforcement as they investigate. This employee has resigned her position with the district."

Law enforcement officers took Lawson to the Hillsborough County Jail. Lawson was released after posting a $30,000 bond.

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