A teacher’s aide in Florida was arrested for allegedly engaging in an improper relationship with an underage student.
Katie Carsey, a paraprofessional teacher’s assistant at Fort McCoy Middle School, allegedly admitted to authorities that she was having a relationship with a 14-year-old boy she met last school year. The victim is now 15.
According to a Facebook post by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation revealed that the 36-year-old married educator was caught in a church parking lot half-naked with the student.
Investigators said during a July incident, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle parked outside the church. When the deputy investigated, Carsey was “partially clothed in the vehicle attempting to leave the parking lot.
She was the only person in the car, and Carsey told the deputy that she was waiting for an adult male.
The victim later told police that he had been in the parking lot with the educator and fled when he saw the deputy approaching.
“Carsey gave conflicting accounts regarding her involvement with the juvenile victim,” the department wrote. “After being presented with the facts of the investigation, Carsey confessed to having sexual contact with the juvenile victim.”
Carsey was arrested on Wednesday and charged with one count of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation. She’s being held at Marion County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
Police said the victim is no longer a student at Fort McCoy Middle School, but did not state why he left.
A school official told News 6 that the district wasn’t made aware of the allegation until after Carsey was arrested, but do not believe the incidents took place on school property.
The school has not said whether Carsey is still employed with the district.