A substitute teacher from Florida has been arrested for allegedly sending nude snaps to three of her teenage students and having sexual relations with one of them.
The 50-year-old, Angela Cone-Stanton of Inverness, was taken into custody on Wednesday night and charged with "one count of felony lewd and lascivious battery and one count of felony transmitting harmful materials to a minor," according to reports. She was later released from jail after posting $12,000 bond.
The detailed statement from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office cites that the principal of Citrus High School doubted a possible inappropriate activity between Stanton and a student at the school, triggering an immediate probe on Tuesday.
Detectives with the sheriff’s office responded to the school and interviewed three alleged victims. The students claimed that Stanton, a substitute teacher hired by the district on January 3, had sent several nude photos of herself to them via Snapchat in the summer of 2018.
Stanton, who has a son and daughter of her own, was also accused of performing oral sex on one of the students at his home last year when he was 15 years old. The alleged incidents predated Stanton's hiring as a substitute teacher at the high school.
After gathering the statements from the victims, detectives interviewed Stanton, who reportedly agreed with the specific details given by the students, leading to her arrest.
"Stanton was a trusted community member who was involved in activates working with our county's youth," said Sheriff Mike Prendergast.
"She used her position to prey on the vulnerability of our children. No parent should ever have to worry about their child being victimized like this; especially from someone they viewed as a mentor."
The sheriff added that his office will be working with the Citrus County School Board to determine if there are any more victims. The Citrus County Chronicle reported that Stanton was involved in the Inverness Storm cheerleading and football organization. According to the sheriff's office, Stanton used to text and communicate with student-athletes through social media.