Two Florida high school students were so furious to find out their science teacher was sleeping with both of them that they told the man’s wife he was having the affairs, district officials said.
Both teens are now former students at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, where they told police they had sex with Corey French, 30, both at the school and in his home, according to an administrative report by the Duval County School Board obtained by WJXT.
The 16- and 17-year-old students said it wasn’t until they found out that French had a sexual relationship with both of them that they confronted his wife – even supplying her pictures as evidence of the trysts, according to the report.
French was arrested on two counts of unlawful sexual activity in September. Police said both girls told investigators they had consensual sex with French while he taught at the school between 2015 and 2017.
The former students told police that French confessed his love to them, and even planned a getaway to Colorado or Alaska with one of the teens, although she realized that it was likely little more than a far-fetched fantasy. One of the teens even scuttled her plans to go to college in hopes that French would leave his wife to be with her, according to the report.
But both girls are now refusing to press charges, complicating matters for investigators.
“The number one reason we will see is that they don’t want to bring any more attention to themselves or to their families,” attorney Gene Nichols, who is not affiliated with the case, told WJXT. “They’re victims of crimes, and it’s a difficult being a victim of a crime.”
Nichols continued: “What we do see so many times are young people who believe that they’re in love, young people who believe this is a relationship that’s going to continue.”
District officials learned of the allegations in March, WJAX reports.
“Following that notification, Mr. French was immediately pulled from his classroom responsibility and assigned to a temporary role with no student contact,” district officials said in a statement. “Mr. French resigned from his teaching position upon notification of the district’s recommendation of termination.”
French, a four-year district employee, has pleaded not guilty and remains free after posting bond. He’s expected to return to court on Nov. 14, WJXT reported.