Fernandina High School teacher charged with sex with a minor

October 30th, 2009 by

jacksonville.com — A 43-year-old Nassau County teacher has been charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor in what authorities described as a two-year relationship with the 17-year-old.

Stephen Brian Turner, a teacher at Fernandina Beach High School, has also been charged with child abuse, showing obscene material to a minor, providing alcohol to a person younger than 21 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

The 17-year-old told investigators the relationship started two years ago and that the two began a sexual relationship a year ago. During that time, the girl said he bought her a cell phone and jewelry, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

She said the encounters took place at Turner’s home outside Fernandina Beach.

On Wednesday investigators found Turner had moved out of his residence. He was apprehended today at his parents’ home in Jacksonville.

Nassau County School District Superintendent John Ruis said Turner was suspended from work with pay on Oct. 12 after the school and district were made aware of the investigation.

Turner taught journalism, television production and digital design and has been employed since August 20, 2001.

A phone message left at a number on Turner’s arrest report was not immediately returned.

Turner was being held in the Duval County jail in lieu of $260,000 bail.


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