Evangelical Christian school teacher arrested for having sex with one of her teen students
Former Evangelical Christian School Teacher Suzanne Owen

A teacher at an evangelical Christian high school in Florida has been arrested -- and subsequently fired from her job -- for allegedly having sex with a male teen student.


The News-Press reports that 35-year-old Suzanne Lea Owen, a teacher at the Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers, Florida, allegedly had a single sexual encounter with one of her male students with whom she had been communicating via personal text messages for weeks.

After Lee County Sheriff's deputies determined that Owen and the student had met off campus with the student to have sex, they arrested her and charged her with one felony count of custodial sexual battery.

Evangelical Christian School Headmaster John Hunte told sent out a letter to parents on Wednesday informing them that Owen had been fired from her position.

"We are deeply saddened and express sincere sympathy to any and all victims of sexual assault," he said. "We have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement during this investigation. ECS was not aware of the report of the incident until late today. I wanted you to be aware of this as I anticipate it will be reported by the news media."