Teacher aide arrested for attempted sexual battery

Lakeland, Florida -- A woman who works as a teacher aide at Highland Grove Elementary School in Lakeland has been arrested after inappropriate text messages were found between her and an 5th grader at the school.

Lakeland Police say the 11-year-old's mother called them on June 28 after she found about 100 inappropriate text messages between her son and his teacher from this past school year.

That say police say Alecia Dotson, 45, sent a text message to the boy asking to pick him up and take him to the library. The mother decided to check her son's cell phone and discovered several inappropriate text messages sent to her son.

While the Lakeland Police was at the mother's house conducting an investigation, Dotson again sent a text message saying, "Love bug what are you doing" and "I'll be sure to tell her we won't have sex on the first visit…LOL."

The Special Victims Unit began an investigation on June 29 and had control of the boy's cell phone.

On June 30, Dotson sent another text message asking the victim "Are you awake love bug?" Dotson, believing she was talking to the victim when in fact it was detectives, arranged a meeting with him at the Cinemark Movie Theater for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct.

Before she arrived at the theater, Dotson stopped and picked up a bottle of strawberry warming lubricant from Spencer's at the Lakeland Mall. Dotson was taken into custody after she showed up as planned at the Lakeland Mall.

Dotson told detectives that over the last three weeks the relationship between her and the victim evolved from a "mentorship" to a "crush" and then a "romantic relationship."

Based on the investigation, Dotson was charged with:

  • Sexual Battery (attempt) under 12- (2 counts)
  • Use Computer Device to Solicit a Child
  • Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Unlawful Use of Communications

Dotson was later transported to the Polk County Jail on June 30.


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