UPDATE: MARCH 28, 2023
After further investigation, Paige Morley, who was previously arrested for an inappropriate relationship with a student, is facing additional charges.
Morley is now charged with Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor, Unlawful use of a Two-Way Communication Device, and Tampering with Evidence.
"Our detectives do an excellent job making sure that every case is investigated completely," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "If new evidence or information is shared, they will make sure that victims have a chance at every bit of justice they deserve."
Anyone with additional information on Morley is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 10, 2023
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has arrested a teacher for initiating an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Paige Morley, 22, was a teacher at Winthrop College Preparatory Academy, in Riverview, when she entered into a romantic relationship with a male student. Morley coordinated to meet with the victim after school hours through various school sanctioned events beginning in February of 2023. These events were at the school following normal school hours. During the events, the victim and defendant would engage in sexual acts.
"It is unfathomable, how a trusted member of our community could abuse the power and position they were given," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "This woman was entrusted to educate students and be a positive influence, instead she is a disgrace. As a father, I empathize with parents who are learning of this, and I appreciate the school's cooperation during this investigation."
Morley is facing multiple charges including:
- Lewd or Lascivious Battery (Engage) (Authority Figure Over Student)
- Lewd or Lascivious Molestation (Defendant Over 18; Victim 12 - 15) (Authority Figure Over Student)
- Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition (Defendant Over 18) (Authority Figure Over Student)
- Authority Figure Soliciting or Engaging in a Romantic Relationship With a Student
- Sexual Battery (Familial or Custodial Authority) (Authority Figure Over Student)