Ayanna Davis, a Florida substitute teacher, is accused of having sex with a student. The 20-year-old woman was allegedly caught on a Snapchat video that was shared with the Lakeland High School football team. Davis was arrested and charged with the crime.
Police became aware of the sexual assault on Dec. 3, when a Lakeland student told school resource officers that there was a Snapchat video going around of the Florida substitute teacher having unprotected sex with another student. The school notified Lakeland police, who later turned the case over to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office when they learned that Davis lived outside of Lakeland jurisdiction.
According to police reports, Davis admitted to allegedly sexually assaulting the student four times, twice at his house and twice at her home. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirmed those accounts matched the student’s story.
“This is a clear violation of sexual battery laws. She was in a position of influence over the victim, and she took advantage of that for her own twisted pleasure,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Officers have not been able to find the Snapchat video but are still investigating. “I know it’s out there someplace,” Judd said. “It always is and that’s not a good thing. He’s still a juvenile, a child, and she’s an adult and she had sex and it’s wrong on every level.”
Ayanna Davis was arrested on Friday and was charged with two counts of sexual battery by a custodian and one count of offenses against a student by an authority figure. Lakeland Police Department has also charged her with an additional two counts of sexual battery.
She appeared in court on Dec. 11 and was ordered with $60,000 in bonds. Her next court appearance is scheduled for January 10, 2022. The 20-year-old is currently being held at Polk County Jail
The identities of the victim and the student who told police about the crime have been kept confidential. According to reports, the student who was sexually assaulted was under 17.
Since the alleged crime was exposed, Polk County Sheriff’s Office have stressed that Ayanna Davis was not a Lakeland teacher, but a substitute teacher that was brought in from an outside agency. Ayanna Davis taught English and was employed by Kelly Education Services, a staffing agency that supplied substitute teachers to the Polk County school districts.
Kelly Education Services released a statement after the sexual assault and said that Ayanna Davis is no longer employed with the firm and will not be taking any more teacher assignments pending her investigation. The company has also been told that she will not be allowed to work in any Polk County school.
“The safety of students is our highest priority,” wrote Denise Ridenour with Kelly Education. “Ayanna Davis has been deactivated and is not able to accept assignments pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.”
According to Kelly Education Services, Ayanna Davis passed all background checks and requirements needed to teach in the Polk County school districts. Sources said that the school district had recently changed their substitute teacher policies around the time of Davis’ arrival. The school permitted anyone 20 years old or older with a GED to be a substitute teacher.
Superintendent Frederick Heid released a statement to the Lakeland community following the arrest. He said, “We expect substitute teachers to uphold the same high standards of conduct and professionalism as our full-time educators. The charges against this person are disgraceful and a complete violation of the trust that teachers build with their students. There is no room in our schools for this type of conduct.”