Jacksonville, FL (April 9, 2019) – A Junior high school teacher identified as 29-year-old Loren Bernard Neely was arrested after sexual activity with a teenager.
A former student came forward and told detectives that Neely had gotten her pregnant and then gave her money for an abortion. Since then, Neely has been charged with unlawful sexual activity with someone 16 or 17 and was jailed on a $250,000 bail amount.
The girl spoke with detectives initially in March and told them that she had consensual sex with Neely last year at her Jacksonville home. She said that she became pregnant and he gave her funds for an abortion, which other students confirmed through conversations they had with the teacher.
The young girl was able to provide detectives with screenshots of messages, including certain ones where Neely told her that she should lie about their relationship to school administrators to protect both of them.
The school district confirmed that Neely is no longer an employee there.
Jacksonville Sexual Activity with a Teenager Laws
In Jacksonville, you can be charged with sexual activity with a 16 or 17-year-old if you have been accused of unlawfully engaging in sexual acts with a minor. Regardless of if a teenager gave consent, if the sexual acts occurred, there is a good chance that you will be charged under these sometimes-harsh laws. Any act with a child could lead to serious penalties and a damaged reputation, which is why it is imperative to have a skilled defense attorney on your side through it all, especially a defense attorney with experience in sex crimes.
At Musca Law, we have the skills and determination to help you obtain results in your case, as we are experienced in helping you maintain a defense that can help protect you against these serious charges. Our sex crime attorneys in Florida have handled a wide variety of different cases and will help you obtain information regarding Florida sex crimes so that you can get started on making a difference in the outcome of your case and your future. Please contact us at (888) 484-5057 for more information.