MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Hialeah High School reading teacher is facing serious charges after being accused of sexually abusing at least one underage student for years.
The arrest report says Jeanette Barbara Valle-Tejeda, 41, sexually molested the victim for a period of four years.READ MORE: Passing Asteroid Lights Up South Florida Sky
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 the victim attended Westland Hialeah Senior High School.
Authorities said Valle-Tejeda, groomed the victim as a mother figure, even providing her with financial assistance and other needs.
Police said the victim visited Valle-Tejeda’s home on several occasions, even sleeping overnight.
The victim said the teacher showered with her, kissed her, and ultimately took advantage of her sexually.
The arrest report says that on multiple occasions, the offender excused the victim from another class so she could be alone with her.READ MORE: Woman Fatally Shot By Police Serving Eviction At Brickell Building Identified As 40-Year-Old Stephanie Voikin
The victim also told police that the offender would sign her out of school without her mother’s
The victim told police that she was not the only victim and that there were more students involved in a romantic relationship with the offender.
Police verified there had been other victims.
Valle-Tejeda faces several charges, including sexual battery on a child. She is being held at TGK without bond.
On Friday afternoon the Miami-School District released the following statement regarding the 20-year school employee:MORE NEWS: Vince Lago Wins Coral Gables Mayoral Race
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply disturbed about the allegations made against this individual. 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.”