Trial begins for teacher accused of sex with teens

August 20th, 2009 by

POLK COUNTY (Bay News 9) – A teacher in Polk County is on trial this week for allegedly having sex with several young boys.

Danielle Jones, a former Stambaugh Middle School science teacher, is accused of luring teenage boys to her Auburndale apartment to have sex with them. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jones last summer.

“The boys would come in, one would have sex with the defendant,” said state prosecutor Mark Levine. “Then the defendant would have sex with the other boy, and they’d go back and forth back and forth.”

During opening statements Wednesday morning Jones sat quietly while her defense attorney questioned the credibility of the alleged victims.

“The evidence you’re going to hear is not going to be very consistent,” defense attorney Matthew Wells told the court.
A pair of teenage brothers, both former students of Jones’, took the stand.

“We went straight to the room this time and started having sex,” said one of the alleged victims.

The teens say they had consensual sex with Jones multiple times on multiple occasions in the summer of 2007.

They say Jones later had sex with their two teenage cousins as well.

The alleged encounters stopped when Jones asked one of the boys to move to Tennessee with her.

“I was scared because I thought she was going to kidnap me or something,” said the alleged victim.

Testimony continues Thursday morning. The trial is scheduled to last just two days.

The investigation began in May of 2008 when one of the boys told another teacher about the alleged incidents. The Polk school placed Jones on administrative leave a few weeks before she was arrested.


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