WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. - The science teacher West Melbourne police say had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student has been released from Brevard County Jail.
Irene Khan, 32, was arrested on Wednesday after a two-month investigation into a possible sexual relationship with one of her students at the Imagine School in West Melbourne, where she was a science teacher during the 2011-2012 school year.
A judge on Thursday issued her a non-monetary bond, which means she could be released on special conditions. Those conditions include having no contact with children under the age of 18 (except her own children), she can't contact the alleged victim and she can't attend school activities.
"I'm pleased it was set at no monetary bond it allows Ms. Khan to get out and go on about her life," said defense attorney Richard Austin.
The victim told police Khan engaged in sexual activity with him several times, including her car, her apartment and several hotels and motels in the area.
"We brought the victim in and questioned him and corroborated much of his story, the sexual battery occurred several times," said Commander Steve Wilkinson of the West Melbourne Police Department. "The victim had a cellphone his mother took it away from him and the suspect bought him a telephone and gave it to him."
Police obtained cellphone records from the two that showed text messages where they wrote to each other, "I love you." Khan also wrote to the victim wanting a kiss, police said.
Khan's charges include enticing the victim to engage in sexual activity, committing sexual battery while in authority as an agent of the government, lewd or lascivious battery by engaging in sexual activity and lewd or lascivious molestation.
Khan appeared in front of a judge Thursday morning, where her arraignment was set for July 12.
Imagine School officials said Khan "parted ways" with the school as a teacher in January, but it's not clear if the incident had anything to do with her leaving.
According to the Imagine Schools website, Imagine Schools is a full-service operator of public charter schools, which mean they are publicly funded and privately operated. There are 75 schools in 12 states and the District of Columbia.
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