Elsa Cristina Flores: Martial arts teacher had sex with 13-year-old, called him 'babe'

The matter came to light after the teenage boy's parents discovered romantic and sexual communications on his phone


                            Elsa Cristina Flores: Martial arts teacher had sex with 13-year-old, called him 'babe'
Elsa Cristina Flores was arrested earlier this month (Peoria Police)
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PEORIA, ARIZONA: Authorities claim a martial arts instructor from Peoria, Arizona, sexually abused a 13-year-old student on many occasions, leading to various sex abuse and molestation charges. Elsa Cristina Flores, 22, was arrested earlier this month on six counts of sexual activity with a minor, one case of child molestation, and one count of aggravated luring of a minor, according to PEOPLE.

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According to arrest paperwork acquired by CBS News affiliate AZfamily.com, the matter was first brought to the attention of the authorities after the teenage boy's parents discovered romantic and sexual communications on his phone. Flores allegedly texted the boy several times, and in which they referred to each other as "babe." The adolescent locked his phone and refused to give his parents the password, according to the arrest records, so his parents approached Flores.

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Flores allegedly spoke with the boy's parents in person and said she's "ashamed" about her conduct and stated that she would not contact the boy again, according to arrest records. The martial arts studio contacted the police after learning of the charges. The sexual abuse allegedly began in January, when Flores allegedly sent the youngster graphic images. Authorities say the assault happened in Flores' car in a parking lot, and in one text message, Flores indicated she needed to take the "morning after pill."

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The parents of the 13 year old boy exclaimed their displeasure towards the teacher's actions. (Photo: PEORIA POLICE)

The boy's mother expressed her displeasure with the scenario in an interview with AZfamily.com. "You put them in activities and sports as a safe place," his mother told the outlet, "And when it happens in a place where that's where you think you're sending them it's alarming. It's very alarming." Flores has been arrested and is being held in jail on a $50,000 bond. She hasn't filed a plea, and it's unknown whether she has retained an attorney who can speak for her.

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Flores is now facing charges and is held in jail on a $50, 000 bond. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On Twitter, people shared their opinions on the case. One user wrote, “This just makes my stomach turn. We are supposed to protect children and show them right from wrong… I just don’t understand this,” while another said, “Seriously? C'mon, Why was she even arrested? The article stated she needed to take the morning after pill. I was once a 13 year old and can tell you if I were frightened or nervous in anyway it would NOT get hard.” Surprisingly, a user said something horrific like, “I was a 13yo boy... why didn't this crap happen to me? I was 15! This isn't sexual abuse for boy's! This is what we dream about 🙄.”

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