APOPKA, Fla. - A middle school teacher and mother of two accused of participating in the sexual abuse of a teenager in her Apopka home faced a judge Wednesday morning on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation.
Kimberly Honaker was originally arrested last week and charged with child neglect for allegedly failing to report the sexual abuse. Police said Honaker knew that her boyfriend, 59-year-old Robert Pruitt, was molesting the 13-year-old victim.
"When they see something like that taking place, they're obligated to report it," said Sgt. Ed Chittenden with Apopka police.
Both Honaker and Pruitt appeared before a judge on Wednesday. Both are being held on a no bond status.
Channel 9 learned Wednesday that police believe both Honaker and the teen were involved sexually with Pruitt.
"According to our investigation, we believe she was a participant in the molestation," said Chittenden.
Apopka police said they arrested Pruitt in connection with the alleged abuse at Honaker's home after his estranged wife tipped them off. Pruitt has been charged with several counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.
He seemed to be unaware of the charges he's facing while on his way to the Orange County Jail.
"I just gave them a statement, but I don't have any charges yet," Pruitt said.
Pruitt denied that Honaker participated in the alleged sexual abuse of the 13-year-old.
"I've known her for her whole lifetime," Pruitt said when asked if Honaker was involved. "No, I don't think so. Well, actually, I know that."
The Department of Children and Families has placed Honaker's two children in foster care while the investigation continues.
"It's pretty disgusting," said neighbor Cory Ellis. "We have little kids here and don't want anyone in our neighborhood like that."
Parents and students in the district were alerted by the principal on Tuesday.
"We just got a call from the schools today," said parent Mark Gomez.
In the recorded message, Principal Kelly Pelletier said, "You may see media reports regarding one of our teachers who was arrested this past weekend for a situation unrelated to any of the duties the teacher performed here at our school. The teacher has not returned to school since the arrest. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement."
Honaker, who is a language arts teacher at Apopka Middle School, was hired by the school district in 1997. School officials said she is on paid leave until the next school board meeting, where they'll recommend she be fired from her position.