Police say ex-teacher Maryann Verdi asked student to drop unlawful sex charges against her on Facebook

12:06 PM, Aug 7, 2012   |    comments
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Hudson, Florida -- A former teacher accused of having sex with a student is in trouble again after she was caught asking the student on Facebook to drop the charges.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says the victim told detectives on July 5 Maryann Verdi contacted him on Facebook through one of his friend's accounts and tried to convince him to drop the charges against her.

When detectives talked with the victim's friend, she told them that while she was at Verdi's home, Verdi asked to use her Facebook account to contact the boy. She told her "it wasn't a good idea to do that", but Verdi did it anyway.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Verdi met the student while teaching at River Ridge High. They say the sexual encounters happened back in 2009 when the boy was 15 and again in September 2011. Police were made aware of the incidents after Verdi's boyfriend at the time allegedly caught them together.

Verdi, 41, is now being charged with witness tampering in addition to her charges of lewd or lascivious battery and unlawful sex with a minor.

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