A former Florida teacher admitted to having a “crush” on a student after there was a sexual encounter between them at his home, authorities said.
Kristen O’Brien, who quit her job last month at United Brethren Christ Academy in Holy Hill, was arrested Friday for having inappropriate sexual contact with a student, news station WFTV reported.
The 31-year-old was confronted by the boy’s mother after she noticed concerning messages on his phone, police said.
O’Brien told the mom that she had an “inappropriate emotional relationship” with the student in which she had a “crush” on him, authorities said.
She claimed that she had given the boy three options: They could pretend she never told him she had a crush; they could end communication with each other; or they could do whatever they wanted and not care about any repercussions, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
O’Brien said on one occasion, the boy touched her in a sexual manner while they were under a blanket on the couch at his home, the newspaper reported.
The teacher also admitted at one point she had tried to “make [the boy] jealous” by tutoring his brother and taking him to McDonald’s, police said.
O’Brien faces charges of lewd and lascivious battery and committing a sexual act on a child older than 12 but younger than 16, the outlets reported. She was released from jail on $50,000 bail.