Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pasco Co, FL teacher charged with having sex with student

Lisa "Lipps" Marinelli, well known for being good to kids. Very, very good...

New Port Richey, Florida - It has happened again! Another Bay area school teacher is behind bars, accused of having sex with a student.

This time it's 40-year-old Lisa Marinelli, a substitute teacher at Mitchell High School in New Port Richey. Investigators say she had a relationship with an underage male student.

The boy's father shared his concerns with deputies after seeing his son pulling up his pants as he was getting out of Marinelli's car.

Neighbor Pat Marsh has known Marinelli's family for years. He said, "She has been very good to our kids and the other kids and yea, its a shock and I don't believe it."

Pat's wife Debra thinks this all could be a big misunderstanding. She said, "...the daughter, they shared phones, and even if they were in school they shared phones, and that young man text messaged her a lot, it wasn't just her reaching out to him."

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office confirms to Tampa Bay's 10 News they have evidence of hundreds of text messages and phone calls between the two.

In one text message, the boy wrote, "How about a quickie tomorrow afternoon?"

Investigators say, in reply, Marinelli invites the boy to her home, "...real men only need 20 minutes."

Tampa Bay's 10 News

More info here and here.