Steven Velez, a Florida band director, is being hit with serious sex abuse charges this week and has since been arrested. The 25-year-old man is charged with texting and even sleeping with his students, having hosted office “visits” and begun a sexual relationship with at least one young woman. The Spread It News reports this Friday, November 28, 2014, that police officials of Osceola County are now looking into there being even more female victims of minor age at Poinciana High School.
In the latest school sex scandal, Steven Velez — Florida band director for a Kissimmee public high school — may be soon spending quite a few years in jail for his crime with an underage student. This week, the 25-year-old was placed under arrest for improper contact with a minor. These charges may have included texting (or “sexting”) his students, as well as sleeping with them.
A spokesperson for the Osceola County Police Department and Sherriff’s Office offered a formal statement on the matter earlier this week. The overall investigation into Velez’s illicit acts has been ongoing for two weeks now. Law enforcement authorities first received word from a student at Poinciana High School in Kissimmee. She is now 17, but when she was 16 years old, the female student says she began to receive in appropriate and even sexual text messages from the 25-year-old.
Now, the Florida band director is sitting in very hot water. Steven Valez allegedly contacted the teen girl and invited her into his house at one point. Although the relationship initially began platonically, the Inquisitr News shares that the 17-year-old soon said her teacher began to hit on her. Within weeks, the two had initiated a physical relationship, with her claiming she had sex both at home with him and his office.
“The first victim told us he was sending her texts, which led her to going over to his house. She said that some of the incidences did occur in his office at school.”
This girl may not be the only victim in this high school scandal. The spokesperson for the Police Department added that other young women might also have been abused. The Florida band director placed under arrest is currently being questioned as to whether other improper texts might have led to more deviant behavior.
Another victim has also come forward; she is another 17-year-old girl who says the 25-year-old teacher was sleeping with her. She admitted what happened to her mom and dad, and then proceeded to call the local authorities over the issue. It has not been determined if other minors were also involved in this expanding sex abuse case.
Steven Velez, Florida band director, has since been arrested by police and charged with two separate counts of a second-degree felony: unlawful acts with minors. Velez has since resigned from his teaching position in the high school following the criminal investigation. A spokeswoman for the school concluded that they have worked with officials once hearing of the disturbing sexual allegations set against the man:
“We found out about the allegation on Nov. 18, and immediately notified the proper authorities, which of course includes law enforcement.” The 25-year-old is held on $2,000 bail at this time.