Volusia County

Former Holly Hill teacher arrested after having ‘inappropriate emotional relationship’ with student, report says

HOLLY HILL, Fla. — A former teacher is facing possible felony charges after allegations that she had an “inappropriate emotional relationship” with a student, according to a police report.

The student’s parents called police after the mother said she figured out what was going on.

According to court documents, the relationship became physical between the teacher and her student.

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Kristen O’Brien, 31, was arrested last Friday on a felony warrant on charges of lewd and lascivious battery sex act on a child between 12 and 16 years old.

According to a police report, O’Brien quit her job at United Brethren in Christ Academy in Holly Hill in September.

The small Christian school is where O’Brien taught the child.

The boy’s mother noticed a concerning conversation through text and Instagram and learned her child was talking to O’Brien.

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O’Brien met the boy’s mother at a Steak and Shake where she allegedly admitted to having an “inappropriate emotional relationship” and a “crush” on the boy.

O’Brien also allegedly admitted to having a sexual encounter in the family’s home in September.

The report said the teacher even tried to “make (the boy) jealous” by tutoring his brother and taking him to McDonald’s.

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O’Brien started trying to get closer to the child’s mother and family, hanging out with them weekly then every few days, according to the report.

O’Brien made bond Monday.

The Clerk of Court website shows O’Brien’s next court date is set for November.

Cierra Putman

Cierra Putman, WFTV.com

Cierra Putman flew south to join Eyewitness News in July 2016.