A Navarre High School (NHS) social studies teacher is facing a felony sexual assault charge after allegedly having sex with a student.
Meghan Rodriguez, 37, allegedly was sending messages with the student before the incident that occurred over the 2019 summer break. She has been teaching at NHS since 2015.
According to the arrest report, an anonymous source reported March 3 that the 17-year-old male student and Rodriguez had sex over the previous summer break at the high school.
The student affirmed the report to deputies, explaining that he and Rodriguez had sent texts and messaged on Instagram. The messages turned toward a sexual nature, and he said over the summer break they had intercourse in Rodriguez’s classroom after he finished practice on campus. He said it only occurred once and he regretted it afterward.
Rodriguez initially denied the allegation according to the report, but later allegedly admitted kissing the student to Principal Brian Noack. She said the student initiated the contact and she pushed him off. She also told Noack that she did not report it because she did not want to make a big deal about it.
According to the victim’s parents, he told them about the incident and said he felt he had to continue messaging with Rodriguez or she would fail him.
Following multiple interviews over the course of three months, Rodriguez was arrested June 11 and charged with felony sexual battery of a victim 16 or 17 years old.
Rodriguez remains in Santa Rosa County Jail on no bond.