Distressed teacher, Horizon Academy teacher arrested for burglary and car theft


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MARION OAKS, Fla. (WCJB) – A longtime elementary school teacher is behind bars and has been there since July.

She faces seven different criminal charges.

The Marion County School Board recommends that Horizon Academy teacher Julie Hoffman be placed on unpaid administrative leave after her arrest on July 8 on a host of charges, including burglary, property damage and theft of a motor vehicle.

The Marion County School Board recommends that Horizon Academy teacher Julie Hoffman be placed on unpaid administrative leave after her arrest on July 8 on a host of charges, including burglary, property damage and theft of a motor vehicle.(MCPS)

Hoffman has been teaching elementary school since 2008.

This isn’t the first time the 39-year-old has been in trouble with the law.

In July of last year, she was arrested for domestic violence. In 2012 and 2008, she encountered problems for various traffic violations.

“What she is accused of has nothing to do with her schoolwork, has nothing to do with her working hours as a district employee, it has everything to do with her personal decisions of her own actions afterwards. his regular working hours, “MCPS Public Relations Director Kevin Christian said.

According to state law, “a school district must ensure that no employee has been arrested or is awaiting the final disposition of charges.”

And if they know of an arrest, “the employer must remove the employee from all contact with any vulnerable person until the arrest is resolved.”

“If state law requires it, we have to put an employee on unpaid leave or leave of some status, that’s what we have to do. We are not left with an option. Obviously, we want to follow what the court system is doing and obviously we have to follow what the state law says, so that’s really only part of what has to happen, ”he said. he adds.

The 39-year-old is still being held at the Marion County Jail. The amount of his bond is $ 9,000.

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