Amie Neely, Port St. Lucie teacher, arrested for having sex with exchange student, police say

Affidavit: Husband caught wife with 16-year-old

PORT SAINT LUCIE, Fla. - A 38-year-old teacher whose husband found her having sex with a 16-year-old boy in a vehicle at or near St. Lucie West Centennial High School was arrested Sunday on a felony charge, according to an affidavit and police.

Amie Lou Neely, of the 400 block of Southwest Crabapple Cove in Port St. Lucie, was arrested at 5 a.m. Sunday on a sexual assault related charge following a Port St. Lucie police investigation.

Neely teaches at Community Christian Academy in the 700 block of Southeast Salerno Road in Stuart, said Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, police spokesman.

"Community Christian Academy is aware of a legal situation involving a teacher and we are cooperating with law enforcement officials who are dealing with this as an ongoing investigation," said Norma Hammond, administrative director for the school. "For that reason we have no further comment at this time. We will be issuing a more detailed statement after meeting with school board and church leadership."

Hammond declined further comment.

"A teacher who does this breaches the public trust, shows a complete lack of ethics and good judgment and has no appreciation of appropriate boundaries," said Sabol.

Police on Saturday were told the 16-year-old boy walked to a home and told those there that Neely's husband threw him out of the house "because he had sex with Amie."

The 16-year-old boy told police he drove Neely to a secluded area by St. Lucie West Centennial High School and parked. He got in the back seat and put a condom on before Neely also got in the back seat.

The high school is less than a half mile from Neely's listed address.

As they were having intercourse, Neely's husband walked up about 10 a.m. Saturday and discovered them.

Sabol said Neely's husband found them through the GPS capability on his wife's cellphone.

The 16-year-old boy said he and Neely at first started exchanging text messages "referencing sexual connotations." He said he went in her bedroom while her husband went to work one day and they had sex for the first time.

He said that a short time later, they again had sex in her bedroom. Further, he said they went to an area near Centennial High and had sex in her car "during their affair."

The last time, he said, was when Neely's husband discovered them.

Neely, meanwhile, told police the 16-year-old boy kept asking her for sex. Noting "midlife crisis" feelings, Neely thought if she had sex with the teen he would stop asking.

Neely denied the other disclosures the 16-year-old boy made.

Sabol said the state Department of Children and Families has been contacted.

Neely was released at 2 p.m. Sunday from the St. Lucie County jail on $15,000 bail, a jail official said.

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