NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida – Stephanie Peterson, a former New Smyrna Beach Middle School science teacher, was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student and sending him nude photos of herself.
Volusia County sheriff’s detectives charged the 26-year-old teacher (also known as Stephanie Ferri) on two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor.
The relationship is believed to have started in November 2017. A detective responded to the victim’s family’s home Tuesday after the student disclosed the relationship to his parents.
The student, an Eighth Grader, told detectives Peterson would send him nude photos.
He said she started coming to his home at night, picking him up around 11 p.m. on several occasions and bringing him back around 1 or 2 a.m.
The student also said that Peterson told him they couldn’t tell anyone about their relationship or they’d get in trouble.
He also said she bought him marijuana and bowls for smoking it, and his grades suffered after their relationship started.
Peterson was taken into custody and was being interviewed this morning before transport to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where her charges carry a $25,000 bond.
Photo credits: Facebook/Volusia County Sheriff’s Office