Port St. Lucie High School teacher Tiffany Geliga has been arrested and charged with sexual misconduct fdue to an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student.
Geliga is being charged with two counts of sex assault by persons 24 years or older on a victim 16 or 17-year-old.
According to Port St. Lucie police spokesman Frank Sabol, the 17-year-old told school administrators that he had sexual relations with Geliga on two separate occasions say police.
According to the student, the pair had sex off-campus in Geliga’s car in late April 2017 or early May 2017. Detectives confirmed the sexual encounters by listening in on a phone call between the victim and Geliga.
Via CBS 12:
The investigation kicked off when a mother of another student noticed calls from Geliga say police. The parent went on to check her son’s cellphone and noticed texts between him and Geliga. The son then told school administrators that he believed another student was having a sexual relationship with the teacher.
Police say Geliga is a chemistry teacher and is listed as being part of the science faculty on the school’s website.
After the unidentified teen made the allegations, police conducted a controlled call between the teacher and teenager to confirm that the pair had sexual relations.
Port St. Lucie public schools released a statement on the matter:
“St. Lucie Public Schools is aware that an employee has been arrested amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with a student. This individual is non-reappointed for the coming school year and has been placed on temporary duty assignment away from students while the investigation continues.
Allegations of this sort are a serious breach of ethics. Such behavior is inexcusable and is of great concern to the School District as it is contrary to the mission of providing a safe and caring teaching and learning environment,” the statement read.
Geliga’s Facebook page, which has since been deleted, says she is from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Furthermore, before living in Port St. Lucie, her Facebook said she previously lived in West Melbourne, Florida, and in San Antonio, Texas.