Florida teacher aborts baby fathered by the underage student she seduced
LAKELAND, FL, April 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Men often use abortion to cover up their statutory rape of minor girls, but in a less frequent turn of events, a Florida teacher recently aborted the child she conceived with an underage male student.
Polk County officials have charged Jennifer Christine Fichter with six counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor after the teacher reportedly told her victim's mother about the racy details of her relationship with the woman's son, and how she aborted the boy's child.
Fichter, 29, taught English Literature at Central Florida Aerospace Academy. The woman reportedly began a sexual relationship with an unnamed 17-year-old student last November, having relations with him up to 30 times in the back of her truck during their five-month relationship.
On Monday, the boy's mother arranged for police to record a telephone conversation in which she confronted Fichter. Officers say Fichter confessed to the relationship, in detail.
“She had no remorse,” Sgt. Gary Gross of the Lakeland Police Department told reporters. “Her response was, 'I am in love with a 17-year-old.'”
They say the only regret she reported was having the abortion.
Officers arrested Fichter at her home in Davenport just 90 minutes after the pair hung up.
As it turned out, she had a history of allegedly pursuing underage boys for sex.
Fichter quit her job at Robinswood Middle School in 2008 after confessing her inappropriate behavior toward an eighth grader. She reportedly told another teacher that the 14-year-old boy “makes me melt into a puddle with those eyes,” confessed having a sexual dream about him, and considered the minor to be her boyfriend. The Orange County Public Schools' internal investigation generated a 40-page file before Fichter resigned.
But the Florida Department of Education said Orange County did not report the investigation, leaving Fichter's record squeaky clean. That enabled her to obtain her present position in the fall of 2011.
After the most recent story broke, yet another parent – Abby Roche – came forward to say Fichter had inappropriately texted her 17-year-old son in 2012. Roche said she reported the contact, but the school district did nothing.
In each case, the teacher used an alias and posed as a fellow student in her late night texts, to avoid arousing suspicion. “There’s no doubt about it, she's a classic predator,” Sgt. Gross said.
Fichter is also being investigated for three counts of sexual molestation in Hillsborough County for having sex with the boy there.
The Polk County School Board formally fired the English teacher at last night's board meeting. But parents worry that reporting gaps and lax oversight could allow this kind of abuse to happen again.
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The principal who hired Fichter, Cecil McClellan, was fired after he allegedly propositioned an undercover agent posing as a prostitute.