New Smyrna Beach Middle School Teacher Arrested for Sex With 8th Grade Boy

March 1, 2018

According to the Orlando Sentinel: A 26-year-old teacher named Stephanie Peterson (also known as Stephanie Ferri) was arrested for having sex with an 8th-grade student at a New Smyrna Beach Middle School. According to the deputies at the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, she picked up the boy at his home in the middle of the night multiple times for sex and drug use (cannabis) beginning in November of 2017. She also apparently sent him naked photos and explicitly told the boy not to tell anyone about their relationship otherwise they’d be in big trouble. The boy told his parents about the relationship and the local authorities were called to the boys home. Peterson has reportedly resigned from her job at the middle school and now faces two counts of lewd or lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful materials to a minor. Currently, she is being held at the Volusia County Jail on a bail of $25,000.