A Florida teacher has been arrested for having an alleged “inappropriate sexual relationship” with a 15-year-old student, according to the Port Orange Police.
Arin Hankerd, a gym teacher and football coach at Atlantic High School, was arrested Feb. 10 after police completed a search warrant of his home, according to the Port Orange Police. Police received a report on Friday that Hankerd was allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old student since the beginning of January. (RELATED: Teachers’ Aide Arrested Following Allegations Of A Sexual Relationship With Student)
“Yesterday, Volusia County Schools was informed by the Port Orange Police Department that Arin Hankerd, a teacher at Atlantic High School, was arrested with charges of inappropriate conduct with a student,” the school district told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The safety and security of our students and staff is of utmost importance to us and we will continue to cooperate fully with the local authorities as part of this investigation.”
After meeting in class, Hankerd and the student allegedly began talking through social media and the conversation turned sexual in nature once they told one another that they loved each other, according to the police report obtained by the DCNF. Hankerd and the student would allegedly meet in “gym storage rooms” where he would lift her shirt to “kiss her breasts.”
Hankerd allegedly sent the student a video through Instagram of him holding his penis and encouraged her to send him inappropriate images, the police report stated. The teacher allegedly talked to the student about being the step mom to his children, including that he has an extra bedroom for her.
After being placed on leave, Hankerd resigned from the school district Monday, the school district told the DCNF. Hankerd taught and coached within the school district for two years.
Breaking: @PortOrange_PD arrest @SharksAHS gym teacher & football coach Arin Hankerd, accused of having a sexual relationship w a 15yo student. Police say Hankerd has been at the school for two years & has previously worked @Mainlandhigh & @FatherLopez. pic.twitter.com/G0YeoiYDGL
— claire metz (@clairemetzwesh) February 13, 2023
Hankerd is facing multiple charges including lewd lascivious molestation by an authority figure and traveling to meet a minor by an authority figure, according to the police report. Hankerd is being held on a $115,000 bond, the police reported.
“Our investigation is on-going and we are requesting anyone with information about Arin Hankerd, to please contact Detective Kelsie Nugent,” the police said in a statement.
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