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Former Pasco teacher threatened teen in underage sex case, deputies say

HUDSON — Former Pasco teacher Maryann Verdi, who is awaiting trial for allegedly having sex with a student, is now accused of sending a Facebook message to the teen, urging him to change his story.

Verdi, 41, used a teenaged girl's account to send a message to the 17-year-old boy on Facebook, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

"I found out that you lied about Verdi," the message said, according to the Sheriff's Office. "What the hell is wrong with you? You need to make this right."

Verdi sent the message from her own computer at her home at 12319 Smokey Drive in Hudson, a report states. The teenaged girl, who was visiting Verdi's house, told her contacting the victim "wasn't a good idea" but Verdi did it anyway, authorities said. When deputies confronted the girl about the message, she told them Verdi sent it.

Verdi was arrested Monday while in court in New Port Richey at a hearing for the case, which has not been slated for trial. Circuit Judge Mary Handsel remanded Verdi's bail, so she is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail. Verdi is charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor and tampering with a witness. Authorities said she first had sex with the boy was in December 2009, when he was 15 and she was a teacher at River Ridge High School. The liaisons continued until last year, after Verdi transferred to Sunlake High School, authorities said.

Former Pasco teacher threatened teen in underage sex case, deputies say 08/07/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 5:35pm]
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