BLOOMINGDALE — A 46-year-old Bloomingdale High School teacher was arrested Friday on charges that he had a sexual relationship with a student, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Alberto Rivera Claudio was arrested on 12 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, records show.
The relationship between Rivera and the student — who was under 18 years old — took place between November 2019 and December 2020, deputies said. Rivera, at one point, was the student’s Spanish teacher.
The Sheriff’s Office did not say how the relationship came to their attention. Rivera was being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday night in lieu of $180,000 bail.
“Educators have the responsibility to teach their students right from wrong, but this suspect didn’t seem to understand the difference himself,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “As parents, we place trust in teachers to not only educate our children with the skills and knowledge they’ll need in the future but also to be good role models for them. This suspect will face the consequences for his wrongful actions.”
Anyone who believes they may be a victim of Rivera’s is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office by calling (813) 247-8200.