Central Florida school worker faces sex crime charges with teen, police say

Cops: Man bought girl, 17, cellphone, paid her for sexual favors


ORLANDO, Fla. – A Central Florida school employee was arrested after accusations that he was having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl, according to police.

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Marco Nelson, 32, a security specialist at Sheeler High School, is facing sexual battery, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and a number of other charges, police said on Monday.

Police said Nelson bought the teen a cellphone so she could send him private messages, but the relationship escalated to him paying the teen for sexual favors.

The girl said that while drinking with Nelson, he carried her upstairs and onto his bed, according to the report. The girl told police she remembers having sex with him but not wanting to, and at one point telling him to stop, which he did.

Nelson was suspended after his March 22 arrest and school officials said they are in the process of terminating him. He is not allowed on the school campus, officials said.

"It makes you wonder what about background checks, what about these security measures that they have in place?" parent Anetra Draine said.

Officials said last week was spring break in Orange County and they notified parents on Monday.

Draine, a parent of a 17-year-old girl at Sheeler, said she would've wanted to know sooner.

"Why didn't they send an email or some type of notification to make us aware of what happened when it happened?" she said.

"I didn't hear anything today until (the principal) came in with the letters," said Sheeler High School student Kadashia.

Ruth B, who has a son at Sheeler said, "This is the first I'm hearing of it, so I'll probably more than likely follow up with the school."

Sheeler High School is a charter school in Apopka that specializes in helping "at risk students earn a standard high school diploma," according to the school's website.

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