Gretchin Thompson, a high school science teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, has been accused of soliciting an illicit sexual liaison with a student, News 4 Jax reports.
The alleged effort on Gretchin Thompson’s part to violate the boundary between student and teacher has landed her with a sex crime criminal charge.
A teacher at First Coast High School, Gretchin Thompson, 27, has been charged with offenses against students by an authority figure for her alleged effort to solicit sex from one such student.
The school first learned of the teacher’s alleged attempt to lure in the student earlier this year.
According to information from the First Coast High principal, the school was alerted earlier this year that Thompson might be engaged in inappropriate communications with a student.
Principal Justin Fluent recently released a statement to parents via a pre-recorded phone call about the attempt on the part of the teacher, Gretchin Thompson, to sexually molest one of the students.
Fluent said that Gretchin Thompson, who teaches ninth grade science, had been reassigned to duties that involve no student contact pending an investigation into her alleged attempt at sexual impropriety.
Thompson was arrested on Wednesday.
She’s been thrown in the Duval county Jail, First Coast News reports.
Thompson had engaged in “inappropriate communications” with a student. Those allegations prompted school leaders to open an internal human resources review, Fluent’s message says.
“Today, we learned that the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office arrested Ms. Thompson on a charge of soliciting or engaging in a romantic relationship with a student,” began Fluent’s statement to parents regarding the sexual impropriety of the teacher, Gretchin Thompson.
“While the judicial process plays out and as our internal human resources review continues, Ms. Thompson will not be returning to the classroom; however, I want to remind everyone of the presumption of innocence.”
Students interviewed by local news reporters expressed shock at Thompson’s arrest.
“She was bright. She was cheerful, helpful — very go-to-it. I loved her, She was my favorite teacher. She used to sit down and talk to me and help me with my work, but I’m sad to see her gone,” one student told WJXT.
For the time being, Gretchin Thompson’s classes will be taken over by a long-term substitute teacher as she battles the sex-crime allegations against her.
Jacksonville.com reports that Thompson’s bail has been set at $5,000.
Gretchin Hope Thompson was charged Wednesday morning with bail set at $5,000, Duval County jail records show. The arrest report was not immediately available.Advertisement
A Duval County Public Schools spokesperson has declined to comment about the sex-crime charge against the teacher, Gretchin Thompson.
The spokesperson cited the open investigation into the teacher.
CBS affiliate Action News Jax reports that Fluent’s message to parents continued: “We will continue to staff her classes with a long-term substitute, and my team will monitor to ensure instruction in these classes meets our high expectations.”
The principal concluded by saying: “If you have any questions or feedback about this or anything to do with your child’s experience here at First Coast, I encourage you to reach out to me through the school office.”
Police say a First Coast High School teacher was arrested Wednesday for soliciting a romantic relationship with a student.