BRANDON — A teacher at a girls school in New York City was arrested Saturday at a Brandon hotel after traveling to Tampa to have sex with an underage victim, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Zeshaan Naqvi, 31, was arrested after bringing the victim to the Country Inn and Suites, 915 S. Falkenburg Road, around 1 p.m, the Sheriff’s Office said. Naqvi first picked up the victim at the victim’s home for a trip to the hotel at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday then took the victim back home, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Naqvi met the victim online, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release, “A middle school history teacher booked a ticket, boarded a plane, and traveled across the country to meet with a minor who he had been chatting with for about three months.”
Naqvi was being held at the Hillsborough County jail in lieu of $60,000 bail on seven counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of traveling to meet a minor using a computer device to solicit illegal acts. Each count is a second-degree penalty, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Naqvi’s address is in Queen’s Village in New York City, according to his jail booking information. He is a teacher at the Young Women’s Leadership School, according to the booking.
The New York City Department of Education operates the leadership schools, one of which is in Queens. A Mr. Naqvi is listed as a social studies teacher on the staff directory at the website of the school, which serves girls in Grades 6 through 12.