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Teacher in Collier County arrested for having sexual relationship with student

Posted at 5:58 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 17:40:33-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Gulf Coast Charter Academy South teacher, Joseph Mejia, on Tuesday. An investigation determined he was having a sexual relationship with a student.

Mejia, a technology teacher at the school, is charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim age 12-16 by a suspect who is 18 or older and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim age of 12-16 by a suspect who is 18 or older.

The investigation was prompted after the victim’s mother reported that she had found sexually explicit text-messages between her daughter and Mejia on her daughter’s phone. An investigation continues.