Florida Woman, Who Was High School Teacher, Arrested Charged With 10 Counts Of Sexual Battery After She Had Sex With 15-Year-Old Student

A Florida woman, who was a Sebring High School teacher, has been charged with 10 counts of sexual battery after she had sex with a 15-year-old student, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Ariel Madden Reed, 30, a critical thinking teacher, was arrested and booked into the Highlands County Jail.

She’d been on administrative leave when the Special Victims Unit opened its investigation. That investigation was launched after a school resource deputy reported the male teen had nude photos of Reed on his cell phone.

The student alleged they had sex at Reed’s home, sometimes with her husband there, as well as in her car and in the closet in her classroom at the high school, the release says.

According to the affidavit, the alleged abuse began in December when Reed drove the student, sometimes to and from school, the affidavit says.

He said Reed “told him she was attracted to him since the first day of school,” the affidavit alleges.

The alleged victim said the first time they kissed was a “little” before Christmas break, when she stopped her car in the middle of the road and they “made out,” the affidavit alleges.

Reed allegedly began having sex with the student during Christmas break, when they were at her house, the affidavit says

Reed had worked for the district since 2015. Before transferring to the high school in 2019, she’d taught at Avon Park Middle School and served as an office staffer at Woodlawn Elementary School and the district office. 

Reed’s husband, Jonathan Patrick Reed, 37, was also arrested after deputies say he interfered in the execution of a search warrant.

Jonathan Reed is out on bond. Ariel Reed remains in jail.

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