A 29-year-old Polk County teacher was arrested Monday night on charges of having sex with a 17-year-old student during a four-month relationship that involved a pregnancy and abortion, Lakeland police said.
Jennifer Christine Fichter, an English teacher at Central Florida Aerospace Academy, told the boy’s mother that she was in love with her son and admitted to several sexual encounters, police said.
The relationship began in November and the sex occurred during early morning hours in Fichter’s Toyota pickup truck, according to a police affidavit.
The teen told detectives he and the teacher met for sex three times in the parking lot of a Lakeland apartment complex and three times at a location off New Tampa Highway. He also said they had sex four times outside the city in Polk and Hillsborough, and those incidents are under investigation in those counties, Lakeland police said.
On Jan. 27, the teen’s mother became suspicious when she noticed her son was not home at 5 a.m. and he lied about his whereabouts, police said. She began to review his text messages and discovered texts from two names, and one discussed an “age difference,” police said.
The mother confronted her son, who admitted both names were used by Fichter, police said. The mother informed police of the relationship Monday.
On Monday night, the mother agreed to make a controlled, recorded phone call to Fichter for investigators. During the call, Fichter admitted she became pregnant with the teen’s child and had an abortion, the affidavit said.
Fichter also said she was in love with the student, had sex with him 20 to 30 times, wanted to maintain the relationship and did not regret her actions, according the affidavit.
Fichter faces six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. She was arrested at her Davenport home and booked at the Polk County Jail.
Central Florida Aerospace Academy, 4141 Medulla Road, is a Polk public school career academy that prepares students for the aviation and aeronautics industries. It is an extension of Kathleen High School.