Police: High school teacher and student had relationship
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida high school teacher engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student for more than a year, police said.
Martin Brown, a band teacher at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, appeared before a judge Thursday morning on four charges of sexual assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Investigators said he carried on a year-long relationship with a 17-year old student.
The explicit details of their relationship were laid out in Brown's arrest report. According to police, the student and Brown exchanged phone numbers in August 2011, while she was in 10th grade. Investigators said Brown told the girl, while in school, he wanted to "kiss all over your body" and "I want to [expletive] you."
In 2012, when the girl turned 17, the arrest report states, Brown would pick the girl up from her home while her mom was away. Brown took her to his Hollywood home on Oak Garden Lane, and according to police, it is here the two smoked marijuana and had sex four times.
"I've heard of it happening around other areas around the county, but it doesn't surprise me too much, said Sebastian, who goes to school at Stranahan High School. "It's a little disturbing, though, because it is a student."
The report goes on to say that during school hours, Brown had the girl pulled out of class and brought to his office for a romantic encounter. "I mean, why would you do that? It's a student," said Stranahan student Shelisa Fairman. "Why would you do it at school, multiple times? There is really no need."
The judge granted Brown a $20,500 bond but ordered him to sever all contact with the student and stay 500 feet away from her at all times. He is also required to stay away from the school and is not allowed to teach until his case is resolved.
Thursday afternoon, Brown remains behind bars.
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