A Central Florida high school teacher is facing charges after she allegedly had 20 to 30 sexual encounters with a 17-year-old male student over a four-month period.
The teacher, Jennifer Christine Fichter, also got pregnant as a result of the multiple trysts and ended up having an abortion, reports The Tampa Tribune.
Fichter, 29, told the unidentified high schooler’s mother that she is love with him when the mother confronted her.
The star-crossed lovers met at Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, Fla., a public career academy that specializes in aviation and aeronautics. Fichter teaches English at the school.
The sexual relationship began in November.
Fichter and the teen typically had their many rendezvous in the wee hours of the morning in the teacher’s Toyota pickup truck, according to a police affidavit.
Locations varied. When the student spoke to police, he recalled three occasions in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Lakeland. There were three more steamy events at a special spot just off U.S. Highway 92. He remembered at least four other times in rural areas.
The student’s mother – also unnamed – became suspicious one morning when she realized that her son wasn’t home at 5 a.m. She began rummaging through his text messages and figured out what was likely happening because one text conversation discussed an “age difference,” notes the Tribune.
On Monday, the mad mom went to the police. Investigators quickly set up a recorded conversation between the mother and Fichter. During that conversation, police say, Fichter confessed to the sexual encounters. She revealed that she is in love with the teen. She also said she had an abortion.
“The victim’s mother discovered this relationship after reviewing text messages from her son and she asked that Fichter respond to her residence to talk,” a police statement obtained by the Orlando Sentinel explains. “According to the victim’s mother, admitted to the sexual encounters and professed her love for him.”
The 17-year-old student was the father of the child, notes the Sentinel.
Police say Ficther added that she doesn’t regret the relationship when she talked with the kid’s mother.
About 90 minutes after the conversation ended, police arrested Fichter in her apartment.
So far, Fichter has been charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.