A Florida high school teacher was arrested for allegedly hiding a teenager that had been reported missing for days inside of her home, police said.
Investigators were trying to locate the minor, who had been missing since Aug. 12, when they received information from the boy’s parents that led them to the Port Charlotte home of 31-year-old teacher Kelly Simpson, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said.
Police found the teen inside her home on Wednesday and Simpson was arrested for interfering with the custody of a minor.
According to the sheriff’s office, Simpson picked the boy up from an unknown location and hid him inside her home, knowing he was reported missing and endangered.
Simpson was bonded for $5,000 Wednesday, jail records show.
The Charlotte County School District has since placed Simpson on administrative leave from her position at Charlottte High School, the district said in a statement to WFTX.
“Charlotte County Public Schools takes an incident such as this very seriously,” the statement said. “The safety, protection, and well-being of our students are a top priority.”