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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A now former teacher of a Miami high school is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student while working in the school.
Napolean Joseph, 37, is accused of getting oral sex from a then 17-year-old student inside a classroom at Miami Edison High School.
Joseph was a teacher of that same school at the time of the alleged incidents which occurred from November 2016 to February 2017, according to his arrest report.
Joseph appeared before a judge on Tuesday, where prosecutors tried to raise his bond.
“We will ask for an elevated bond given the facts in the case. The defendant abused a position of trust, given he took advantage of a minor,” said a state prosecutor.
A public defender said that wasn’t the case.
“This gentleman has no local prior….The victim is 17-years-old and there was something of a consensual nature your honor,” said the public defender.
All this as Joseph’s wife stood in court. The judge offered her information on divorce.
“You’re wife’s in court,” said Judge Mindy Glazer to Joseph.
The judge went on to speak to his wife.
“You’re still his wife with these charges? You want the paper for divorce court? I’ll give it to you,” said Judge Mindy Glazer who later gave her a form for family court.
The now 18-year-old said she sent Joseph explicit sexual photos of herself to his cell phone, the report states.
Police arrested Joseph on Monday on a charge of engaging in a sexual act with a familial child.
Following his arrest, police said Joseph admitted to “allowing the victim to perform fellatio on two separate occasions inside his classroom.” He also reportedly told police he was tipped off about the investigation into the incidents by a male student and a security monitor.
Joseph has since been terminated by Miami Edison High School.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued a statement on the investigation saying, “We take these matters seriously. The employee was promptly terminated when the allegations first surfaced and will be prohibited from ever seeking re-employment with the District.”
The judge has since granted Joseph a $7,500 bond and ordered him to stay away from the victim, children, and the school.
“I’m okay with a 75 hundred dollar bond. The question is, who’s going to post it for him? Good luck to you,” said Judge Glazer.