Homestead Teacher Andre Martinez Arrested for Sex with Former Students
Andre Martinez, a teacher at a charter school in Homestead, was arrested yesterday on allegations that he carried on long-term sexual relationships with two former underage students. Martinez taught cinematography at Keys Gate Charter School, and the abuse is believed to have started back in 2010.
Martinez was held last night in jail on two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He has since posted his $15,000 bail and was released.
Police have not released the exact ages of the girls, but both are still under 18. Details of the relationship, including where they took place, also have not been released.
Police believe that there may be additional victims.
Since there aren't a lot of details yet, cue the TV stations going the "let's interview random parents" route. NBC 6 managed to grab this quote:
"I think if the charges are true, we should castrate him and then worry about the court system later. That's what I think having a daughter," Riva Steinman, a mother of two, said. "I have zero tolerance -- in any school, to any young lady."
Obviously Martinez will not be castrated, but (assuming none of the girls were under 16) he could face up to 15 years in jail for each charges.
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