School teacher Pamela Stigger was arrested on May 11 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old student. Stigger, 33, teaches the eighth grade at Forest Glen Middle School in Coral Springs, Florida.
Stigger faces charges for one count of lewd conduct and two counts of sexual battery. Her bail was set at $37,500 during her first court appearance last Friday. She is required to wear an ankle monitor and is barred from having contact with the victim upon release on bail bond. Sources did not name an attorney for Stigger.
According to the arrest report, the alleged rape took place in Stigger’s car, which was parked near the intersection of NW 70th Avenue and 58th Street in Tamarac during the early hours of Thursday morning. Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call about a suspicious car on the street.
The deputies who approached the vehicle reportedly found a male teen naked from the waist down. When questioned, he told police that he had sex with Stigger, who was his eight-grade drama teacher. He said that Stigger was driving him home when she pulled over and began kissing him.
Stigger denied the claims and said the victim was attempting to seduce her when the police officers found them. She also said that she was only trying to “mentor him” in the back seat of her car. She was arrested at the scene. It is unclear how long their student-teacher relationship has been going on.
The Broward County School District told the press that the situation is “being taken extremely seriously.” Stigger has been reassigned away from Forest Glen Middle School and won’t be allowed near students pending the outcome of the trial.
Another case of abuse involving school teachers was reported in Boynton Beach last week. High school teachers Delwin Maurice Randolph and Garcia were arrested at their home on May 4 for allegedly beating a 9-year-old child. The nature of their relationship with the child is unclear.
Randolph, 36, and Garcia, 33, are both facing a child abuse charge. They were released from Palm Beach County Jail on supervised release the following day, and were ordered not to have any contact with the victim. News sources did not list an attorney for them.
According to the arrest report, the child told an unnamed person about the injuries he received after being beaten the previous night by the two teachers. The child later told Boynton Beach police that the two adults used their hands to beat him.
A school district spokesperson told the press that Randolph has been working for Broward County Public Schools since 2005. He has been teaching social sciences at Everglades High School since 2012. Garcia has also been employed by the school district since 2005. She is currently an ESE teacher at South Plantation High School. Both teachers have been allowed to continue teaching pending adjudication.