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Affidavit: Polk teacher had sex with third student


Published:   |   Updated: June 6, 2014 at 06:57 AM

Former Polk County teacher Jennifer Fichter has been accused of having sex with a third student.

Fichter was jailed in April on charges that she had sexual relationships with two 17-year-old boys in separate cases. One of those teens impregnated her and she had an abortion, investigators said.

On Thursday, she faced a judge on 10 additional counts of unlawful sexual activity, stemming from a 2012 relationship with another 17-year-old.

With the additional charges, she is being held at the Polk jail on $520,000 bail.

Fichter, 29, was an English teacher at Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, and all three teens were students at the school, investigators said.

According to an affidavit, while investigating one of the first two cases, detectives learned Fichter had a previous relationship with a third student.

According to the affidavit, the sexual relationship began Aug. 25, 2012, during a campfire at Lakeland Linder Airport after Fichter and the teen walked to the top of the FAA building to watch planes. The school is on the airport property.

After that night, they met and had sex 10 to 20 times at Fichter’s Lakeland residence, the affidavit said. They also had sex in Fichter’s car several times while parked in an undeveloped subdivision in Hillsborough County, investigators said.

According to the affidavit, the boy told investigators Fichter was his English teacher and they exchanged messages playing a game called “Words With Friends.”

In April, Fichter was charged with 27 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Twenty of those counts were in connection to a relationship investigators said she had with a boy in 2011 and 2012. The other seven counts involved a four-month relationship with another boy that began in November.

Fichter was fired by the Polk County school board in April.

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