What led to Latoya Nicole Parker a Maryland teacher sexually availing herself to a teen student? Sent love letters and over 50 lewd photos of herself.
Upon her arrest, the nutrition teacher was indicted on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, sexual solicitation of a minor and displaying obscene material to a minor.
Latoya Parker’s arrest came after a six month investigation. The Bay Net reported the alleged sexual abuse between the Waldorf, St. Charles High School teacher and her student victim taking place between fall of 2016 and March 2017.
During a bond hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors said Parker would remove a 17-year-old student from class to buy him food at nearby restaurants. The inappropriate behavior allegedly began in January.
What may have appeared initially innocuous soon gravitated with the nutrition instructor, allegedly by then sending her male victim ‘love notes’ and showing him photos and a video of her nude or performing a sexual act. The letters started off as mash notes, before becoming more graphic, with Parker allegedly requesting the student perform sexual acts.
Prosecutors also alleged that the former educator offered to pay the teen for the acts.
Latoya Nicole Parker found out after victim confides with other students.
Parker’s saucy world eventually crumbled when her male victim told other students about Parker’s behavior in May. When adults found out, the authorities were alerted.
An investigation turned up a notebook containing letters to the student and electronic devices with 50 nude or explicit images on them. Detectives also allegedly found a graphic video.
Countering prosecutor’s claims was the woman’s defense attorney, Hammad Matin, arguing, ‘this is not a rape. There are no allegations of any sexual contact. She has no priors, no record. She’s not a flight risk.’
‘I understand she may not have a criminal record,’ responded Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman, who added Parker had been placed in a position of public trust when she was hired as a classroom teacher. ‘She went beyond asking. There is a community aspect of public safety.’
A spokeswoman for the Charles County Public Schools said that Parker is no longer in a classroom, and was ‘reassigned to the school system’s administrative offices pending the outcome of the investigation.’
Parker’s bond was set at $20,000. A judge said her electronic devices have to be monitored and she can’t have contact with minors.
To date authorities have yet to say what led to the female teacher breaching her position of trust, authority and power to usurp her male victim.