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A Florida special education teacher has been accused of having sex her son's teenage friend “several hundred times” during a relationship that lasted more than a year.
Susan Weddle, 40, is now facing charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, sexual assault and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony after law enforcement officials said she had been carrying on a sexual relationship with her son’s teenage friend, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
The teen eventually confessed the relationship to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, telling investigators he and Weddle had sex “several hundred times” at her house, his home, her vehicle and the beach, according to an arrest report obtained by the paper.
“Weddle was his first and only sexual partner, and he believed himself to be in love with her,” the arrest report said.
Authorities said the illicit relationship began after the teen—who was 15 at the time—and Weddle’s son had gone to a football game and high school party. They returned to Weddle’s home after they had been drinking and the teen told authorities that he had convinced Weddle to have sex with him while he was intoxicated.
Weddle allegedly resisted at first, telling the teen she knew it was wrong, but eventually gave in and began a relationship that lasted more than a year. The teen told authorities the pair exchanged sexually explicit messages—including nude photos—and had talked about starting a life together. However, the teen told police the messages between the pair were lost after their devices had either been destroyed or factory-reset, the paper reports.
During the alleged relationship, Weddle gave the teen an iPhone, necklace and bracelet as gifts, according to NorthEscambia.com.
The sheriff’s office began an investigation into the teacher after a high school guidance counselor reported the possible relationship to authorities. The counselor had been told about the alleged relationship by a witness who discovered explicit text messages between the two, authorities said.
A second witness reported seeing the pair kissing while doing house work at Weddle’s home.
Weddle resigned from her position as a learning resource specialist in the Escambia County School District on Monday, the same day she was arrested by authorities.
“We will not have any tolerance for a teacher that crosses that line,” Superintendent Malcom Thomas told the Pensacola News Journal. “Allegations of crossing the line sexually with a student, are some of the most serious allegations that a teacher can face.”
She had been working in the position—where she helped train other teachers—for 11 months. Before that, she had worked at an elementary school with special education students.
Weddle’s bond has been set at $150,000.
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