EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ARRESTED ON BATTERY CHARGES FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT
A teacher at East Ridge High School has been arrested on charges of battery following an investigation that began on May 1. Detectives began the investigation after former students of the school sent emails to the school district accusing Jason Misner, a Geometry and Musical Theatre teacher, of engaging in inappropriate conduct with his students.
During the investigation, detectives interviewed witnesses who had been in Misner's classes and were familiar with him. Some stated they had observed Misner grab the buttocks of students. It was also alleged that Misner would engage in sexually explicit conversations with students, and one female who was interviewed claimed that he had offered to buy her underwear and give her a massage.
The battery charges stem from one victim in particular who stated that while she was 17, she was a student in Misner's classes. She stated it was during that time that Misner would allow her to use his vehicle and later began giving her singing lessons away from the school on Sundays. She stated he would ask her about her sex life and as time passed, he eventually became physical with her, to include his touching her leg, buttocks, breasts, and genital area.
Detectives conducted an interview with Misner, during which he admitted to working with the victim both during school and after school hours. He stated he did allow the victim to use his vehicle and also admitted to touching the victim under her clothing during the vocal lessons as the victim described, explaining that such touching was necessary to regulate and monitor her breathing during the sessions.
Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant charging Misner with numerous counts of battery on the one victim. Due to her age, the allegations did not qualify under Florida Statutes as sex crimes.
Misner was located today and taken into custody without incident.
His booking photo will be available on the Sheriff's Office website at www.lcso.org once he has been processed.