Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Education

Hernando teacher accused of having sex with minor removed from classroom

BROOKSVILLE — A J.D. Floyd K-8 teacher arrested Monday and accused of having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy has been removed from the classroom, according to Hernando school officials.

Cynthia Lynn Herr, a prekindergarten Exceptional Student Education teacher, faces four counts of sexual activity with a minor. She posted $20,000 bail early Tuesday and was released from the Hernando County Detention Center.

The 16-year-old was an acquaintance of Herr's daughter, and not a student at Floyd. There is no indication that she has been involved with other minors, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Teachers are typically pulled from the classroom if accused of a felony or any offense involving children. The district will take further action pending the outcome of the criminal charges.

During the 2012-13 school year, Herr, 35, of Homosassa, taught prekindergarten ESE students at Spring Hill Elementary School.

It's not her first stint with the district.

Herr served as a one-on-one ESE paraprofessional at Central High School from November 2003 until June 2005. She then took a job with the Citrus County School District to be closer to her home, according to a job application submitted to the district. She worked as an ESE teacher's aide in Citrus for the 2005-06 school year. She was a registered substitute in Citrus from 2006 until 2011, though she only filled in four times, according to the district.

She has no record of disciplinary action in either school district.

Herr also served as a YMCA camp leader and did internships at schools in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Land O'Lakes and New Port Richey, according to her resume.

Herr was arrested after she recently told a co-worker that she was having an intimate relationship with a minor, according to the Hernando Sheriff's Office. The co-worker reported the information to school officials, which led to a criminal investigation.

Authorities say Herr and the teen, a Citrus County resident, became close over a period of several weeks leading up to Aug. 24. On that day, she picked up the boy and drove him to the Motel 6 in Weeki Wachee, where she rented a room and they had intercourse on four occasions.

Herr admitted to committing additional sexual acts with the minor in other counties, according to an arrest affidavit.

When reached by phone Tuesday, Herr hung up on a Times reporter.

Contact Danny Valentine at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432. On Twitter: @HernandoTimes.

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