Land O'Lakes High School teacher's aide accused of having intercourse with two students

Melissa Borsch, 35, is a special education aide at Land O'Lakes High.
Melissa Borsch, 35, is a special education aide at Land O'Lakes High.
Published May 6 2016
Updated May 7 2016

LAND O'LAKES — A teacher's aide at Land O'Lakes High School was arrested Friday on charges that she had intercourse with two male students, ages 15 and 17.

Melissa Lee Borsch, 35, of New Port Richey faces charges of sexual battery by someone in custodial authority and unlawful sexual activity, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

"It's disgusting, it's inappropriate, and we won't tolerate it," Pasco school superintendent Kurt Browning said in a statement.

Both incidents took place at the same house in Wesley Chapel, according to Pasco County School District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe.

The students were friends, Pasco sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said. Their names were withheld by the Sheriff's Office because of their ages and the nature of the allegations.

According to sheriff's office reports, Borsch is a special education instructional aide at Land O'Lakes High. She befriended a 15-year-old boy in her class, the report said, and the boy's mother. Borsch went to the 15-year-old's house in Wesley Chapel on April 30, while he was alone, and had intercourse with the student, the report said.

Borsch admitted to that in a call to the boy's mother that was recorded by detectives, according to the arrest report.

The incident involving the 17-year-old took place on May 3, according to the Sheriff's Office, at the same Wesley Chapel home where the first incident took place.

Borsch was spending the night at the home, and so was a 17-year-old Land O'Lakes High student, the report said. This student, however, was not in Borsch's class.

While in the home, the report said, Borsch had intercourse with the 17-year-old.

Borsch also admitted to that incident during a recorded call, the report said. But the Sheriff's Office did not say if it was during the same call in which she admitted to intercourse with the 15-year-old.

Borsch, who has worked in the school district since 2012, was suspended with pay, pending a decision by the School Board to suspend her without pay. That is standard procedure. She had no previous demerits in her file, Cobbe said. State records show she has no criminal history in Florida.

Borsch was booked into the Land O'Lakes Detention Center, where she was being held Friday in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Times staff writer Jeffrey S. Solochek contributed to this report. Contact Josh Solomon at jsolomon@tampabay.com or (813) 909-4613.

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