38-year-old Amie Lou Neely is facing child abuse charges for her connection with a 16-year-old foreign exchange student, in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
According to TCPalm
, the pair were discovered by the teacher's husband, in a car parked near St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Neely taught at Community Christian Academy, in the 700 block of Southeast Salerno Road in Stuart, and reportedly never had the student in her class.
The affair was discovered by her jealous husband, who suspected her of having an extramarital relationship and followed her.
Mr. Neely uncovered their location as he tracked her via her smartphone's GPS. He had found suspicious messages on the woman's phone, detailing their meetings, and decided to investigate.
Neely explained her actions by telling police she was going through a “midlife crisis.” The affair went on for a while, with the couple meeting several times while the teacher's husband was at work.
Her husband had found her and her young boyfriend in the act at around 10 a.m., on Saturday. She was arrested on Sunday, at 5 a.m., and made $15,000 (€11,786) bail the same day.
“A teacher who does this breaches the public trust, shows a complete lack of ethics and good judgment and has no appreciation of appropriate boundaries,” Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, the police department spokesman, says.
The Community Christian Academy are trying to distance themselves from the scandal the teacher's actions brought upon the institution.
“Community Christian Academy is aware of a legal situation involving a teacher and we are cooperating with law enforcement officials who are dealing with this as an ongoing investigation.
“For that reason we have no further comment at this time. We will be issuing a more detailed statement after meeting with school board and church leadership,” Norma Hammond, administrative director for the Academy, states.