Who is Ariel Madden Reed? Florida teacher had sex with student, 15, multiple times and sent him nude pics

The probe began when a school resource deputy learned the victim had nude images of Reed on his phone


                            Who is Ariel Madden Reed? Florida teacher had sex with student, 15, multiple times and sent him nude pics
Ariel Madden Reed (Highlands County Sheriff's Office)

SEBRING, FLORIDA: Ariel Madden Reed, a critical thinking teacher at Sebring High School was arrested on Friday, February 12 and was charged with 10 counts of sexual battery for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

According to the Highlands County Jail Deputies, the investigation started when a school resource deputy learned the victim had nude photos of Reed on his phone. When questioned by detectives, the victim described multiple sexual encounters between himself and Reed. The minor victim stated that they had sex at Reed’s home, in her car and in her classroom at school. According to deputies, Reed engaged in the sexual conduct between November 2020 and February 2021.

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The police stated that Reed’s husband, Jonathan Patrick Reed, 37, was also arrested for interference with the execution of a search warrant. 

"I want to commend the staff at Sebring High School for taking immediate action and quickly notifying the school resource deputy, as well as the Special Victims Unit for working quickly to develop this case. We take any allegations involving children very seriously and are continuing to investigate," Sheriff Paul Blackman said. 

“We are committed to providing a safe learning environment in all Highlands County schools, so we are shocked and saddened by these allegations. School administration and district officials are fully cooperating with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office as they investigate this matter,” Deputy Superintendent Andrew Lethbridge also wrote in a statement after the Sebring, Florida, teacher’s arrest for sexual abuse.

Jonathan Patrick Reed (Courtesy: Highlands County Sheriff's Office)

The teacher had been working for the School Board of Highlands County since 2015. She has also worked as an office staff at both Woodlawn Elementary School and the district office and was a teacher at Avon Park Middle School before transferring to Sebring High School in 2019. In her Linkedin bio, she has described herself as, "Innovative, energetic human resources professional. Experienced communicator with eleven years of experience in various industries. Able to prepare written correspondence and reports. Involved extensively in all levels of relationship building, marketing, and program development. Knowledge of ethical business principles and practices relating to human resource management."

A lot of similar cases have been reported earlier this week. On February 12, we reported that a Louisiana teacher, Kimberly Wellman-Rich was arrested after she had sex with a teen exchange student as her husband watched. The duo was accused of letting the teen drink and smoke pot in their home. Wellman-Rich was charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile, encouraging or contributing to child delinquency, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Another Georgia teacher, Amelia Ressler, also made news after she was arrested for masturbating in a classroom full of kids and was charged with molestation. 

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