Taylor J. Anderson: IMG Academy Teacher Charged For Having Sex With Student

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Taylor J. Anderson, a teacher at Florida’s IMG Academy, has found herself in trouble with the law.

According to reports, the 38-year-old teacher surrendered and has been charged for allegedly having sex with a student earlier this month.

The incident allegedly occurred as recently as last week, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

“IMG administration had overheard rumors about an unlawful relationship and quickly confronted that student to confirm whether the rumors were true,” deputies said in a statement.

Anderson has since been terminated by the school.

Over the course of the past year alone, a handful of teachers have been arrested on similar charges, including 25-year-old substitute teacher Alexis Mercedes Boberg in Baltimore, Beulah High School teacher Kelsie Schmidt in North Dakota, Rancocas Valley Regional High School teacher Alexandra Reiner in New Jersey, and 50-year-old Florida substitute teacher Angela Jean Stanton in Florida. Additionally, Texas teachers Meredith Null and Edna Longoria were arrested on similar charges.

As for why the number of these incidents has seemingly increased, studies suggest that smartphones are the primary reason for the spike in illicit relationships, as it allows teachers to communicate with the minors without supervision.

According to a report from the Texas Education Association, smartphones make it easy for teachers to privately text and talk with students and also make it possible for teachers and students to share explicit images.

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