This week’s female high school English teacher busted for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student is Virginia Houston Hinckley.
Hinckley, 26, is also pregnant — and apparently was pregnant and expecting her first child when, police say, she and the student had their fling.
The married teacher became the subject of an investigation by the St. Johns County sheriff in Florida after allegations surfaced that she and the unidentified teenager — a student in one of her classes — had engaged in sex, reports WJXT-TV, an independent television station in nearby Jacksonville.
A warrant was issued for Hinckley’s arrest last week. She turned herself in on Wednesday and was released on a $10,000 bond.
The Daily Mail has tracked down a photo of Hinckley on Facebook featuring her, a man and a bulldog. A small black chalkboard in front of Hinckley announces: “Coming May 2016.”
A relative of Hinckley posted the photo on social media and explained that she is pregnant. The relative wrote that she is excited to meet the newest member of the family, according to local CBS affiliate WJAX-TV.
The identity of the man in the photo is unclear.
Hinckley teaches freshman English and intensive reading courses at St. Augustine High School on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Since Hinckley’s arrest last week, local district officials have suspended her — with pay, of course.
At next week’s school board meeting, the St. Johns County School District superintendent will recommend that Hinckley’s suspension change to unpaid.
Hinckley has taught at St. Augustine High since the fall of 2013. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida.
As a college student, she was a server at both California Pizza Kitchen and Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, according to her outdated LinkedIn page.
Veritable St. Augustine parent on the street Lisa Preble expressed outrage about the allegations of sex between a 26-year-old female teacher and a 16-year-old male student.
“It’s devastating,” the mother of a St. Augustine High student told WJXT-TV. “You hear it on the news at other schools. You hear it across the country that these things happen, but for it to be in literally walking distance to your backyard, it’s horrific.”
“We need to be responsible to make sure that the teachers that go in to teach our children are background-checked and constantly reviewed to make sure they are going to be the proper people for our children,” Preble also sternly urged.