Monday, June 25, 2018
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Hernando teacher facing additional sex charges in Citrus

SPRING HILL — A J.D. Floyd K-8 teacher who was arrested and accused of having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy in a Hernando County motel faces additional charges in Citrus County with the same teen, according to the Citrus Sheriff's Office.

Cynthia Lynn Herr, a prekindergarten Exceptional Student Education teacher at the Spring Hill school, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at her home in Homosassa on three charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. The charges came roughly 12 hours after she was released from the Hernando County Detention Center after posting $20,000 bail. Herr faces four counts of sexual activity with a minor in Hernando.

Herr has been removed from the classroom.

On Sept. 12, Citrus deputies first heard allegations that Herr was having inappropriate contact via text and Facebook messages. Deputies contacted the teen, who, after initially denying any sexual activity, allowed authorities to view his text messages and Facebook account. Deputies observed numerous messages of a sexual nature, several seemingly referencing sexual activity between the pair.

Herr admitted to being sexually involved with the teen, according to a Citrus Sheriff's Office report.

"She also advised she knew it was wrong and that she thought she would be going to jail, losing her job, and losing her family," the report reads. "Mrs. Herr also advised that if law enforcement accessed her Facebook or cellular telephone records she would be in trouble."

The sexual relations happened in Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Marion counties, according to Citrus authorities. Herr admitted to engaging in activity with the teen in her van in Pasco, at a motel in Hernando, in her van on several occasions in Citrus and in her van in Marion.

Herr was released from the Citrus County Detention Facility the same day she was booked, after posting $30,000 bail.

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

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