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Police: Miami Palmetto Senior High School teacher arrested for sexual battery of student

Jason Meyers
Jason Meyers

A Miami Palmetto Senior High School teacher was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery of a minor.

Miami-Dade Schools Police Department arrested Jason Meyers, 41, on allegations of an “inappropriate relationship” with an underage female student.

In a statement, Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, spokesperson for Miami-Dade County public schools, said the schools “takes seriously any allegation of employee impropriety and professional misconduct especially when it involves children. The alleged actions by the teacher are unacceptable and reprehensible. The teacher will be terminated. The safety and security of our students will always be of first and foremost concern.”

A Rate My Teacher profile lists Meyers as an English teacher. He has an average of 4.73 stars out of the ratings he received.

Meyers isn’t the first teacher at his school to be accused of having sexual relations with a student.

Most recently, former music teacher Christopher Scottlevin Best, 28, was accused of a 9-month relationship with a student. Police charged him with 10 counts of unlawful sexual activity with his 17-year-old female student.

Best told police he was in a private “boyfriend-girlfriend” relationship with the student, but he denied having sex with her. She told police they had sex at least 10 times, mostly at a local hotel, and twice behind locked doors in the school’s music room.

A month after the charges went public they were dropped. The victim and her parents “did not want to go forward with the case and they did not want the charges to be filed,” according to the closeout memo.

The most infamous student-teacher sexual relationship at Palmetto happened in 1997. Another former music teacher, George Crear III, was acquitted after a high-profile trial.

Four Palmetto High female students said Crear convinced them to have sex in his car with promises of leaving his wife. One of the girls, a 16-year-old, committed suicide before the trial after being spurned by Crear.

A Michigan jury later that year found Crear guilty of similar allegations from his previous music teaching position.

Anyone with information should contact the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department at 305-995-COPS (2677) or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

This is a breaking news bulletin and will be updated as more information is available.

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