SHALIMAR, Florida (AP) – A Florida middle school teacher was arrested after police said she had a two-year sexual relationship with a student, authorities said.
Hayley Close Hallmark, 35, was arrested Friday and charged by a person in authority of indecent and lascivious behavior towards a student. She is being detained in the Okaloosa County Jail, without obligation.
The 17-year-old student entrusted his relationship with Hallmark to a high school teacher. The teacher reported it to the school’s resource officer on Thursday.
The student told a deputy sheriff in Okaloosa that the relationship began in August 2017 when she was in eighth grade. It started with texting, evolved into sexting, and became physical in 2018, according to court documents.
The student said she and Hallmark had multiple sexual encounters in Hallmark’s classrooms and in each of their homes. She gave an investigator access to her cell phone, where court documents confirmed that there was an inappropriate relationship.
Hallmark was taken on administrative leave. She teaches history at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville. She also coaches the school’s dance team and is the assistant coach of the girls’ soccer team. While working in Pensacola, she was named Escambia County Social Teacher of the Year in 2011.
No attorney for Hallmark was listed on the prison records.
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