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Tampa-area teacher charged with having sex with student

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Posted at 9:09 AM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 09:09:01-04

A high school English teacher near Tampa was arrested on Friday for having sex with her student, deputies say.

According to Hillsborough County deputies, Caroline Lawson, 29, had a high school student over to her apartment in Tampa on Wednesday around 5 p.m.

While in the apartment, the two engaged in consensual sex, according to the arrest affidavit. The report notes that the two did not use a condom.

Later that evening, Lawson sent a series of text messages to a third party, which described part of what occurred. 

Lawson's text read: "I cheated on Jameson ... with a student".

The third party asked, "When you say cheated, do you mean slept with?"

Lawson replied: "Yes."

Law enforcement met with the student who provided a detailed account of their sexual intercourse and verbally identified Lawson as being his high school English teacher at Earl J. Lennard High School in Ruskin, Fla. The male student was able to provide Lawson's full name and age to authorities.

Lawson was arrested on Friday around 3 a.m. and was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

She was transported and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. Shortly after 8 a.m. she posted $30,000 bond and was released.