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Hillsborough school board suspends three



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TAMPA -- Hillsborough County School Board members on Tuesday suspended without pay three of its employees, including two teachers arrested on charges stemming from sexual involvement with teenagers and a custodian accused of murder.

"They're off our campuses or classroom, as the case may be. They're not being paid," said Hillsborough schools spokesman Steve Hegarty. "That's appropriate, that's where we should be. "

From left to right in pictures above:

  • Christy Ayala, a secretary at Dickenson Elementary accused of three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a 15-year-old boy. Three times between February and September, Hillsborough sheriff's detectives say,  Ayala and the boy met at his home, where she fondled, kissed and hugged the boy and asked him to touch her in inappropriate places.
  • Stanley Telfare, a Blake High School custodian arrested on murder charges in the death of school secretary Elalia Walker, who died a week after being hospitalized with severe brain injuries. On Oct. 11, a witness told Temple Terrace police he saw a man hit a woman then throw her into a van within the Orange River Estates subdivision. Police never found the van, but later that evening, Telfare brought a severely-injured Walker to her home. Her family asked what happened. Telfare told them Walker jumped from a van as they were driving, police said. Originally charged with felony battery and kidnapping, charges against Telfare were upgraded to first-degree murder after Walker's death.
  • Christina Butler, the Middleton High School special education teacher recently arrested on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old student. A bizarre traffic stop in late October involving a group of teenagers ultimately led to the arrest of Butler. She later admitted to having sex with a 16-year-old boy up to a dozen times. Fifteen-year-old Shatavia Kendricks said she tried repeatedly to report the inappropriate relationship to school officials, but the school suspended her for 'spreading rumors.'  In response, Kendricks' family is suing  the school board.

-- Casey Cora, Times staff writer

Booking photos courtesy of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]


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