Heiry Calvi, a 41-year-old teacher at John I. Smith K-8 Center in Florida, has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. Calvi was arrested by Doral police on Thursday, October 7.
Following her arrest, it was revealed that Calvi is pregnant, though she refused to say who the father was or how long she has been pregnant, according to the Miami Herald.
Calvi was charged with lewd and lascivious battery, offenses against students by authority figures, child neglect, unlawful use of a communications device, contributing to delinquency, and possession of a firearm on school property.
According to authorities, a search revealed that the student and Calvi exchanged photos and texted frequently. Authorities received a tip about the relationship after the student allegedly showed other people a video of him having sex with the teacher.
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“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is disturbed by today’s arrest involving inappropriate employee behavior. When the District was apprised of these allegations in March, the employee was immediately reassigned to a non-school site location,” the school district said in a statement. “The District will begin employment termination proceedings and will ensure the individual is prevented from seeking future employment with this school system. M-DCPS will continue to review its employee trainings to ensure that our workforce is fully aware of the District’s professional expectations of them and their ethical obligation to safeguard children.”
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.