Florida teacher arrested for sex abuse, rape

Florida is home to a staggering number of school teachers, but one school girl has gone missing since January, leaving a teacher, her husband, and the state with questions about her whereabouts.

On January 5, Leon County School Superintendent Michael McFarland was arrested for a string of sexual assault allegations, and authorities say they believe she may be hiding in Florida.

Authorities say they arrested a 27-year-old Leon County teacher and her husband on Monday and charged them with sexual battery, sexual battery on a child under the age of 13, and criminal sexual conduct.

Leon County Schools released the following statement on Monday:We are deeply concerned about the safety of our students and staff.

We have been working closely with law enforcement to find her.

We are deeply saddened and saddened by this tragic news and are asking for privacy as we mourn the loss of our beloved teacher.

Leon County School District officials did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.

The Associated Press reported that Leon County Schools spokeswoman Lisa Epps said on Monday that the district has reached out to McFarlands parents, as well as other families of students missing in the district, but she said no one has contacted them since the arrests.

She said that the school district has been in contact with the family of one student missing and is working to find their child.

Leon School District Superintendent Michael M. McFarlon has been placed on administrative leave, and Leon County Sheriff David A. Pimentel has also been placed under administrative leave.

Pimentel told the AP on Monday morning that the sheriff has been briefed on the investigation and is cooperating fully with the investigation.

He added that the Sheriff’s Office has the support of the Leon County Public Schools Police Department.

Perna, a school resource officer for Leon County schools, told the Associated Press that Perna has been working on the case since January and that the investigation is continuing.

Pena said on Tuesday that he did not know the status of McFarlans family, but he confirmed that they are cooperating fully.

He added that Leon schools is working with Leon County and other state and local agencies to help track down his daughter.

McFarland and McFaron have been married since June 2016 and have a 10-year relationship.

Pernas family said that he had been working in Leon schools since June.

Perca told the Florida Times-Union on Monday afternoon that he is “still trying to process the loss” of his daughter and said that Leon students will be notified if they see his daughter in public.

McLennas family told the newspaper that Perca was working at the school for nearly four years and had been promoted in recent years.

McClatchy-Tribune/Tampa Bay Times via AP, FILE Leon County Superintendent Michael Pernan is seen in this undated handout photo provided by Leon County, Fla., School District.

Leon schools said in a statement that it has contacted McFarlams family and asked them to stay in contact as a matter of privacy.

Leon Schools said McFarlds wife, who was also the school resource sergeant, will be the principal of Leon County’s schools, but it did not provide additional details.

Leon is a small, rural county located on the Florida Panhandle, where a lack of high-tech technology makes it hard to keep students in class, and its large size has limited the number of schools with a teacher on staff.

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