Authorities in Hillsborough County, Florida have reported that a male student was sexually abused by a 22-year-old teacher, Paige Marie Morley. According to reports, Morley, who taught at Winthrop College Preparatory Academy in Riverview, entered into an inappropriate relationship with the boy, resulting in several charges being filed against her.
Deputies claim that Morley began a romantic relationship with the male student, who was believed to be between the ages of 12 and 15. The relationship involved various school-sanctioned events that took place after normal school hours, where the victim and defendant engaged in sexual acts. Morley is currently being held at Falkenburg Road Jail on a $145,000 bond for several charges, including lewd or lascivious battery, lewd or lascivious molestation, lewd or lascivious exhibition, authority figure soliciting or engaging in a romantic relationship with a student, and sexual battery.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister expressed his shock and disappointment at the situation, stating that it is unfathomable that a trusted member of the community could abuse their power in such a way. Chronister also extended his sympathy to the parents of the victim and thanked the school for their cooperation during the investigation.
Authorities are urging anyone with information regarding the case to contact them immediately at 813-247-8200.