In a press release issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
on Feb. 23, M. Connors, 30, of Brandon, has been arrested and charged
with sexual battery of a minor. Connors has been charged with 7 counts of
sexual battery, lewd & lascivious battery, and lewd conduct.
The victim is a 15-year-old male student who attended Turkey Creek Middle
School, where Connors was a teacher.
According to the sheriff’s office, between January and February of
2015, Connors established a sexual relationship with one of her 15-year-old
The romantic relationship started with kissing, but progressed to Connors
allowing the student to touch her underneath her clothing. The relationship
progressed to the point where Connors engaged in sexual relations with
the victim on multiple occasions at the school, and during school hours.
The sheriff’s department reported that Connors would remove her student
from his other classes and have sex with him in private rooms selected
by Connors. On one occasion, Connors left the school grounds with the
victim in her own vehicle and drove him to his home where they engaged
in sexual intercourse in the teenager’s bedroom.
The 30-year-old teacher was arrested at her home and booked into the Orient
Road Jail without bond.
Sexual Battery Under Florida’s Statutes
Sexual battery is covered under Section 794.011 of the Florida Statutes.
Depending on the facts of a case, sexual battery can be charged as a felony
of the third degree, a felony of the first degree, or as a capital or
a life felony.
Under Section 775.083, if sexual battery is charged as a first degree felony,
it is punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000, and up to 30 years in prison.
If the 30-year-old teacher is found guilty of sexual battery, she will
be subjected to Florida’s mandatory sex offender registration laws,
which are covered under Section 943.0435 of the Florida Statutes.
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