Julie Hoover, a 38-year-old Christian school teacher, was arrested for allegedly sexting one of her students and making plans for him to visit her home while her husband was away for work, according to a report from WCTV.
Hoover, who taught mathematics at Point of Grace Christian School in Perry, Florida since 2018, had text exchanges between her and the student were discovered by the student’s mother. The mother alerted police, saying the messages were exchanged in March and April.
Hoover was charged with one count of an authority figure soliciting or engaging in sex with a student and was released from custody after posting $15,000 bond.
FL: Teacher at Christian high school, Julie Hoover, 38, arrested after sexting student, trying to sneak him into her home.
Point of Grace Christian School.
Released from custody Thursday on a $15,000 bond.https://t.co/cwqQ0cXUzt
— Dalton (@DaltonReport) June 11, 2022
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.