Bradenton teacher arrested after having sex with teen student along with sending nude selfies to her teen victim. Other potential victims sought.
A newlywed Florida private school teacher has been arrested after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old Bradenton student and sending the teen sexually explicit pictures of herself over Instagram.
Bradenton police said they were made aware of the claims against Kassandra Leigh Moore, 31, back in April when they were contacted by the Broach School, where she worked as a teacher.
The Broach School is a private school and unaffiliated with the Manatee County School District. Moore was immediately placed on administrative leave by the school when allegations of inappropriate came to light mysuncoast.com reported.
The female educator was fired, according to police, two days after officers launched an investigation.
Upon her arrest on Monday, Moore was charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful material to a minor.
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Detectives were first made aware of possible indiscretions on April 10 after the 15 year old teen provided police with a copy of a conversation thread shared between Moore and the alleged teen victim over Instagram, prompting an investigation.
The interaction initially started with questions about a homework assignment but soon messages of a ‘flirtatious manner’ were exchanged back-and-forth, according to a police affidavit.
‘I wanted to just grab you and kiss you, but I didn’t want to make the first move and you reject me,’ one message sent by Moore reportedly reads.
The teen victim also shared several screenshots of ‘lewd selfie-style’ pictures that Moore had sent to him, showing her in lingerie with her ‘body parts exposed and posed in a sexual manner’.
The teenage boy also told detectives having met the teacher in several locations – including Moore’s car, at school after hours, and at the G.T. Bray Park – where they engaged in sexual acts.
The inappropriate ‘relationship’ ended when one of the teen student victim’s friends informed the principal of the rendezvous.
However, when approached by detectives, Moore allegedly attempted to coerce a colleague into providing a false alibi for her, as well as messaging a former student to ask how to remotely delete messages and images from another person’s phone.
At first her colleague is said to have considered lying to police to protect Moore, but later instead agreed to assist the investigation when they learned of the full extent of the allegations against her.
In turn, Moore provided a seven-page statement to school and investigators, which included alibis for the allegations. None of the alibis provided proved to be true, according to police.
Instead, the 15-year-old’s version of events was reportedly substantiated through DNA evidence, after they recovered a used condom from G.T. Bray Park and matched the genetic profile to Moore’s.
They also claim to be in possession of video surveillance footage taken at the school clearly showing Moore and the boy together in her car the Bradenton reported.
Investigators were able to determine Moore and her teen victim having sex four times between March 23 and March 29, through both interviews with the victim and evidence in the case.
While police believe the meetings were an isolated incident, they are conducting an investigation to determine whether Moore has any other victims.
Kassandra Moore newly married as school issues statement:
The dailymail reports the schoolteacher being newly married in July 2018.
The female educator remains held in the Manatee County Jail on a $31,500 bond, charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful material to a minor.
‘Our students and families are our top priority, and we are deeply saddened by these allegations,’ the Broach School said in a released statement. ‘Once we were notified of the allegations, we immediately reported them to the appropriate authorities and the teacher was terminated.
‘All employees of CES are thoroughly vetted and complete a thorough FDLE background screening prior to employment. We take these allegations very seriously and are doing everything we can to facilitate the investigation.’
Not immediately understood is what led to the female educator abusing her position of trust, authority and power and subjugating her male victim.
Bradenton Police say the investigation in ongoing and ask anyone with information or if aware of other victims to contact 941-932-9314.