A PE teacher who allegedly sent nude photos and sexually explicit messages to a number of her students has been fired.
Dionne Younce, 28, has been accused of using Snapchat to send ‘inappropriate’ messages to at least three students, including members of the school’s football team, the Mirror reports.
At least three pupils said that Younce allegedly texted them, in written statements given to school district, investigators said.
One student said that he had a relationship with Younce which began as subtle flirting and progressed to ‘sexual snapping’, where the two would send nude photos to each other, according to WJXT in Florida.
Four other male students, whose names and ages have not been released, and two assistant principals were also listed on the report.
Younce was initially suspended from her position at Allen D Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in the wake of the claims. But now she’s been sacked following an internal investigation into her alleged misconduct.
According to documents seen by Action News Jax one student claimed they and the teacher had been exchanging nude photos ‘for a while’.
Another said they and a football player had received the same Snapchat picture showing Younce in nothing but a bra.
It comes as police continue to investigate the claims against the teacher, who has not yet been arrested or charged.
St. Johns County School District spokeswoman Christina Langston said Younce’s suspension – and subsequent firing – followed the discovery of messages to students, the New York Daily News reports.
Commander Chuck Mulligan, spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies received information and allegations regarding ‘inappropriate conversations going on between a teacher and a student’.
He said several interviews were being conducted, and that the case had been turned over to the Special Victims Unit to determine whether there was any criminal wrongdoing.
Younce now faces two possible second-degree felony charges, described as ‘lewd or lascivious acts upon a child’, which carries a potential sentence of 15 years in prison.