Florida teacher charged with sexual misconduct with student in car

Tiffany Geliga (Port St. Lucie Police)

St. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. (WPEC) — Port St. Lucie Police arrested a high school teacher on charges of sexual misconduct with a student Thursday night.

Police spokesman Frank Sabol told WPEC that Port St. Lucie High School teacher Tiffany Geliga was arrested for inappropriate activities with a 17-year-old male student.

She is being charged with 2 counts of sex assault by persons 24 years or older on a victim 16 or 17-year-old.

The 17-year-old told school administrators that he had sexual relations with Geliga on two separate occasions say police.

The pair had sex off campus in Geliga’s car in late April 2017 or early May 2017 say police.

Detectives were able to confirm the sexual encounters by listening in on a phone call between the victim and Geliga. She was promptly arrested.

The investigation kicked off when a mother of another student noticed calls from Geliga say police. The parent went on to check her son’s cellphone and noticed texts between him and Geliga. The son then told school administrators that he believed another student was having a sexual relationship with the teacher.

Police say Geliga is a chemistry teacher and is listed as being part of the science faculty on the school’s website.

Parents told CBS12 a recorded phone call was placed by the school district alerting them of the arrest.

Here is a statement from the St. Lucie Public Schools:

St. Lucie Public Schools is aware that an employee has been arrested amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with a student. This individual is non-reappointed for the coming school year and has been placed on temporary duty assignment away from students while the investigation continues.
Allegations of this sort are a serious breach of ethics. Such behavior is inexcusable and is of great concern to the School District as it is contrary to the mission of providing a safe and caring teaching and learning environment.
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