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Substitute teacher charged for sexually battering student after video surfaced on Snapchat: cops

Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office, MEGA

Dec. 14 2021, Published 10:10 a.m. ET

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A 20-year-old substitute English teacher was arrested after cops learned she had sexually battered a student, police in Florida said.

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Ayanna Davis, who was substitute teaching at Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida, admitted to detectives that she had unprotected sex with a student on four occasions, twice at his house and twice at her house.

Davis’ admission lined up with what the victim told detectives, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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The investigation began on Dec. 3 after a student informed Lakeland Police Department School Resource officers about the existence of a video on Snapchat showing Davis and another student having sex, according to the sheriff's office.

The student claimed the video was shown to a large group of football players at the school.

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was brought into the investigation after determining that Davis’ residence was outside the city limits in unincorporated Polk County.

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Following their interview with Davis, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested her on two counts of sexual battery by custodian and offenses against students by an authority figure.

Davis was also served with a Lakeland Police warrant with charged her with two additional counts of sexual battery.

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Davis is not a Polk County Public Schools employee. She was working at Lakeland High as a substitute teacher with staffing company Kelly Education Services, according to officials.

The company has been instructed that Davis is no longer allowed to work in any schools in the district.

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“This is a clear violation of sexual battery laws, said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “She was in a position of influence over the victim, and she took advantage of that for her own twisted pleasure.”

“We expect substitute teachers to uphold the same high standards of conduct and professionalism as our full-time educators, said Superintendent Frederick Heid. “The charges against this person are disgraceful and a complete violation of the trust that teachers build with their students. There is no room in our schools for this type of conduct.”


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