Hialeah High School Teacher Jeanette Barbara Valle-Tejeda Facing Sexual Abuse Charges Involving Students, including 14 year old girl after grooming victims as a mother figure.
A Florida female high school reading teacher is alleged to have groomed a young female student for four years, sexually molesting the girl and even excusing her from other classes so they could be alone, police said.
Jeanette Barbara Valle-Tejeda, 41, also allegedly helped her victim financially and signed her out of school without her mother’s permission, reports CBS Miami.
The victim said the teacher showered with her, kissed her, and ultimately took advantage of her sexually.
Valle-Tejeda, who has worked at Hialeah high schools in Miami-Dade, Florida for 20 years, now faces multiple charges, including offenses against students by authority figures, engaging in a sexual act with a child and multiple counts of lewd and lascivious battery involving a child.
Investigators said three past students came forward and claimed she engaged in sex acts with them at her home and other schools where she taught. The woman is being held without bond.
The victim told police that the abuse started when she was 14 and a student at Henry H. Filer Middle School in 2009 and it continued until she turned 18, while she attended Westland Hialeah Senior High School.
Authority figure took advantage of her child victims
An arrest report states, ‘The offender groomed Ms. (blank) as a mother figure providing Ms. (blank) financial assistance and other needs. (The victim) visited the subject’s residence several times, sleeping overnight at the residence on several occasions.’
‘The investigation revealed that according to Ms. (blank) the relationship began when she was 14 years old and ended at 18. ‘
The former student pointed to another alleged victim who told police she and Valle-Tejeda ‘were involved in a romantic relationship when she was eleven years old. The offender took advantage of the fact Ms. (blank) was constantly disagreeing with her parents and stepped in as a mother figure.’
Police confirmed there had been other victims, with the Miami-School District saying it was disturbed by the allegations.
‘Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply disturbed about the allegations made against this individual’, said a statement.
‘As soon as the claims surfaced last month, the employee was removed from the school setting and Miami-Dade Schools Police launched an investigation. The District will be terminating her employment and she will be prevented from seeking future work with this school system.’