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Added sex charges push Polk teacher’s bail to $300,000


Published:   |   Updated: April 25, 2014 at 03:36 PM

A Polk County judge on Friday set bail at $300,000 in the second case involving Jennifer Fichter, the 29-year-old former teacher accused of having sex with two 17-year-old students.

On Wednesday, Fichter was charged with 20 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor in connection to a relationship investigators said she had with a boy in 2011 and 2012. During a court appearance Friday, a judge set bail at $15,000 per count.

Police said that relationship was uncovered while they were investigating a recent four-month relationship Fichter had with another student, which resulted in an aborted pregnancy.

Last week, Fichter was arrested on seven counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor after police said she told that boy’s mother in a recorded telephone conversation she had been in a sexual relationship with the teen since November.

Her bail in the first case was set last week at $70,000, or $10,000 per count.

She faces similar charges in Hillsborough County, where investigators said she had sex with that boy three times.

In the second case, the student told police he and Fichter had sex about 20 times between October 2011 and May 2012, according to an affidavit. They had sex at her apartment and his house when his mother wasn’t home, police said.

Fichter was an English teacher at Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland. Both teens were students at the school. She was fired by the Polk County school board Tuesday.

On Thursday, Lakeland police said a third student told investigators he had a sexual relationship with Fichter, but the State Attorney’s Office has not decided whether to file charges, according to media reports.

Polk officials learned this week that Fichter was investigated in Orange County in 2008 after a fellow middle school teacher reported that Fichter sent inappropriate texts to a student and said she loved the boy, according to reports. Fichter later resigned. The investigation was never reported to state officials.

Fichter remains at the Polk County Jail.

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