May 27, 2009
Maria Guzman Hernandez - Teacher Jailed On Charges Of Having Ongoing Sex With 15 Year Old Student. Boy’s Mother Reportedly Approved
Hialeah, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Maria Guzman Hernandez, a 32-year-old sixth-grade teacher at Our Lady of Charity Catholic School in Hialeah, Fla. has been arrested for repeatedly having sex with a 15-year-old student. The victim's mother reportedly approved of the relationship.
When investigators attempted to locate Hernandez in order to question her, she was out of town with a student vacationing at Disney World. When she returned from her trip, she reportedly admitted to detectives that she had been having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
Investigators say the Hernandez had a sexual relationship with the teen over the course of several months and that the boy admitted becoming sexually active in March.
The victim's mother acknowledged to police and child welfare investigators that she was aware of and approved of the relationship. Many of the sexual encounters between the teacher and student reportedly took place at the residence the boy shared with his mother.
"(The mother) apparently didn't find anything wrong with it, thought that the teacher was a nice enough person and good influence on her son," said Carl Zogby of the Hialeah Police Department.
Although the boy's mother has not yet been charged with a crime, she is currently under investigation for her role in allowing the relationship. Florida DCF workers have allowed the boy to remain in his mother's custody pending the outcome of their investigation.
The teacher, who is estranged from her husband to investigators that she was "going through a lot in her life," according to court documents.
Hernandez was booked into jail on charges of sexual battery on a child over whom she had custodial authority. She was released after posting a $10,000 bond.
The Weekly Vice
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