'Your butt belongs to me, cuz mine is yours': Teacher, 47, arrested over 'romantic' messages to 12-yr-old
47-year-old Andrea Jimenez was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious assault on a child for her inappropriate interactions with a 12-year-old student
A Florida teacher has been arrested after repeatedly and aggressively confessing her love to a 13-year-old student of hers. 47-year-old science teacher Andrea Jimenez is now facing charges for lewd and lascivious assault on a child, with details of how she harassed the teen revealed in an arrest affidavit filed by the Doral Police Department.
According to local news sources, Jimenez was a science teacher at the Doral International Math and Science Academy when she allegedly began "courting" one of her students. She is said to have then regularly contacted the boy, who was 12-years-old at the time, and spoken explicitly about body parts. On one occasion, on the last day of school in May 2018, she even tried to kiss him.
The arrest affidavit states that the 47-year-old regularly "lured" the student into her class after school and that she tried to continue keeping contact with him through the summer vacations by downloading multiple social media applications and messaging him there.
Jimenez reportedly became "aggressively romantic in an obsessive tone" while communicating with the student, with one of her messages disturbingly reading, "I will go to hell for u. Die for u stop eating to feed u. My love for u is so real and huge!!!" Another text read, "I really like your butt. Sorry it’s not my fault it’s cute and hot. It belongs to me correct??? ‘Cuz mine is yours."
It seems that she may have been aware of her problem, with the affidavit showing that the 47-year-old had made statements to certain school personnel about how she was acting inappropriately with a student and was worried about losing her job.
Soon after, the victim's mother found the messages she had sent to him and reported her behavior to the school. A subsequent investigation uncovered the full extent of the lewd texts she had sent to the boy, as well as the expensive gifts such as clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, and books she had given him.
Speaking about the case, Doral police spokesman Rey Valdez revealed that investigators downloaded the student's text messages and matched them to the 47-year-old's phone. She turned herself in this past Friday, December 14, and was arrested.
A spokesperson for the school said Jimenez had been fired, adding there had been no previous reports of inappropriate relationships between her and other students. "As this is an ongoing investigation, school administrators will continue to work closely with authorities. The school’s top priority is the privacy, safety, and security of students and families, " the school said in a statement. "The school has committed additional personnel to support students who may have questions or need to share concerns regarding these matters."
The Miami Herald reported Jimenez was being represented by lawyers Jude Faccidomo and Rachel Curtis from Miami's Ratzan & Faccidomo. They were quick to question the police department's version of events and called it a "rush to judgment."
"These allegations came to light Wednesday midday," Faccidomo was quoted saying. "The detective advised us he was ready to make an arrest Thursday afternoon. I think it is safe to say that no valid investigation took place. Nevertheless, Ms. Jimenez cooperated fully and we are looking forward to the State Attorney doing a legitimate review of these allegations."
Jimenez was being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and was released on a $17,500 bond.