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Now local professionals are in trouble with the law...

From Bay News9 online, a teacher and a lawyer are both accused of serious, seperate crimes involving children.

First the teacher:

A Largo elementary school teacher at has been arrested after police said nude photos and lewd text messages were found on a 17-year-old boy’s phone.

On Monday, police said the female teacher, 45, and the teen were seen entering a unisex restroom on the 2nd floor of a Largo Recreation Center.

Police said the two remained inside the restroom for approximately 10 minutes before police arrived.

The suspect told police she goes to the gym three days a week and the 17 year old boy is her workout partner and spotter. Where he was spotting her did not come out in any reports...

During questioning, police said both parties were adamant that nothing occurred and they locked the door because they heard voices and didn't want it to appear as if something was going on.

The teacher was issued a trespass warning for the complex by recreation staff.

Later in the evening, police said they obtained cell phone images found on the teen’s cell phone containing nude pictures of the woman which also included lewd text communication.

Based on that, she was arrested on two felony counts of transmission of material harmful to minors. She has been transported to the Pinellas County Jail and later released on bond.

Police said the relationship between the teacher and the teen is not in any way affiliated with her position as a teacher nor did the two meet in an educational setting.
A statement from the Pinellas County School Board confirmed the same.

Now the lawyer's turn...

A well-known Pinellas County lawyer has been arrested in Clearwater on lewd and lascivious molestation of a child.

Pinellas County Sheriff's investigators say the 57-year-old male lawyer inappropriately touched a child under 12 during a Big Brothers Big Sisters event June 17 in Clearwater.

According to a sheriff's office arrest report, the man touched the genital area of a boy younger than 12 years old over the boy's clothing and also rubbed the boy's thigh.

Even worse, the man was not currently matched with a child, according to sources.

As an attorney the man was known for representing homeowner associations.

This is not the defendant's first brush with discipline. The Florida Bar previously suspended him for two weeks in 2003, saying he harassed a group of former Tarpon Springs HOA members.