Florida teacher found guilty of selling drugs to kids at school

Maria Otilia Rivera faces up to 35 years in prison

CLEWISTON, Fla. – A 37-year-old teacher has been found guilty of selling illegal drugs to two students at her Florida middle school.

Prosecutors said Maria Otilia Rivera faces up to 35 years in prison when she's sentenced Oct. 16.

A Hendry County Sheriff's Office investigation that began in 2017 found that Rivera sold drugs to two girls, ages 12 and 14.

Investigators said the teacher would take the girls off campus and teach them how to prepare and ingest the drugs. The girls had not previously used drugs, according to officials.

The report said that on another occasion, Rivera took money from a student and promised to deliver drugs the next day.

Rivera was allowed to remain free until sentencing.