Stephanie Peterson is a married Florida middle school teacher who found herself in serious trouble after being arrested for an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student. The 26-year-old eighth grade science teacher is also accussed of sending the boy nude photos and providing him with marijuana and paraphanelia (bowls) to smoke the illicit substance. She resigned from her job at New Smyrna Beach Middle School on Monday, February 26th, citing “personal reasons.”
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Peterson was arrested and charged on two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor.
According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, a court affidavit specified that the accused would pick up the male student after her husband had left for work. Peterson would arrive at the boy’s home late at night (11 P.M.) and then drop him back off at home at 1 or 2 A.M. According to authorities, the relationship between Peterson and the boy is believed to have stared in November 2017.
On February 27, the victim first told police of his alleged sexual relationship with Peterson. He had reportedly informed his parents of the relationship with the teacher because he claimed that the relationship had made his grades suffer. He also told his parents that Peterson told him to not inform anyone about their relationship. It isn’t known whether or not she was the boy’s school teacher.
Here’s a press release of Peterson’s arrest for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Facebook:
The relationship is believed to have started in November. A detective responded to the victim’s family’s home Tuesday after the student disclosed the relationship to his parents. The student, an 8th grader, told detectives Peterson would send him nude photos. He said she started coming to his home at night, picking him up around 11 p.m. on several occasions and bringing him back around 1 or 2 a.m.
The victim reported that Peterson told him they couldn’t tell anyone about their relationship or they’d get in trouble. He also said she bought him marijuana and bowls for smoking it, and his grades suffered after their relationship started.
As the news of Peterson’s arrest emerged in the media, both her and her husband’s social media profiles were deleted from the internet. Her husband is 31-year-old Brandon Ferri. He is a fishing enthusiast who works as an EMT with the Deland Fire Department. On February 12, divorce papers were filed between Peterson and Ferri.
Peterson is being held on a $25,000 bond.