Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With 15-Year-Old, Terminated From School
OCALA - Parents expect their children to be safe at the care of their teachers while in school; however one North Central Florida instructor may have been too caring with a student. This Ocala teacher, who was arrested on a charge of interfering with the custody of a minor earlier in the week, is now facing more serious charges.
An Ocala military school teacher and coach has admitted having sex with a 15-year-old student. The teacher told police the two had exchanged vows and wedding rings in private. And that they were waiting until she turned 16, to run away to another state and officially marry. A teacher and coach at Francis Marion Military Academy is back at the Marion County Jail after admitting he had sex with a 15-year-old student at the school.
54-year-old Duane Adams was first arrested for hiding the teenager from her parents when she was reported as a runaway on Friday.
Sergeant Angy Scrobble with the Ocala Police Department said, "I do know that on the Friday she went missing and did not attend school she was at his apartment during that day. And then that evening, they left town and stayed in a motel in the Daytona area."
Bill Archibald the principal of the school who refused to go on camera did tell us Adams has been terminated from his position. He said and I quote, "We will move on from this. Our orienteering team will be competing at the Southeastern Regional Championship this weekend without him and be perfectly fine."
The orienteering team won two national titles when Adams was coach. The principal says he is absolutely appalled at some of the details from police reports. "They had actually exchanged vowels in front of god, not in front of anyone else or in any legal format but in front of god and they exchanged rings. And they basically considered themselves married. He also indicated that there was an intent to make that matter legally true when she was 16, they would run away. And there was some information about attempting to get false identification for the two of them as well," Scrobble said.
Adam faces a number of charges, like 8 counts of custodial sexual battery, 8 counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition and 8 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. "Well he originally had a $2,000 bond on the one charge okay? And he did bond out on that, which is why we contacted him and he came back in. On these charges that he was booked in yesterday evening there was a $176,000 bond," Scrobble said.
If Adams is found guilty on at least one of these counts he will be a registered sex offender. This means he will not be able to take a job as a teacher ever again.
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