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Florida Teacher Arrested After Missing Teenage Boy Was Found At Her Home



Florida Teacher Arrested After Missing Teenage Boy Was Found At Her Home

A female Florida high school teacher hid a 15-year-old student with a crush on her inside her home after she knew that his parents and authorities were looking for him, authorities say.

Kelly Simpson, 31, who teaches English at Charlotte High School where the teen attends, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with interfering with the custody of a minor, police say, after a brief standoff with police at her front door.

The teen took off without his cellphone or medication last Thursday, prompting his worried parents to file a report with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives scoured the boy’s social media and tried to trace him through bank records and electronic devices, but days went by without any indication of the teen’s whereabouts.

He left no note behind either. Detectives received a tip that he had been staying at an undisclosed home in Punta Gorda, Florida, but when they went to the home, the person there said that D.J. had been picked up by a woman named Kelly who was driving a black car. The boy’s parents told police that the only Kelly they knew was his former English teacher.

They told police that their son ‘would talk about Kelly constantly and would even bring her coffee,’ according to court papers.

When Detective Jonathan Murray went to Simpson’s home, she told them that she knew the boy and that she had seen the missing persons poster that they had put up around town, but when cops asked to search for the teen inside, she told them that he wasn’t there.

‘She replied that she did pick him up from Punta Gorda and then dropped him off at a gas station,’ according to Murray’s account. Another student who has her as an English teacher seemed to throw cold water on any notion that there was romance between the two.

‘I wish students would stop being so gullible and stop making so many rumors,’ one of her students said. Simpson is due back in court on September 27

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