A 25-year-old teacher at Oakleaf High School faces a sex charge after he was arrested Tuesday amid an investigation into inappropriate text messages reported by a student’s parent, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities interviewed the girl, whose age was not listed, and she told them there was a relationship that ended this month. She said the two had sex a “handful of times,” usually in her car at the school’s baseball field in June and July, according to the arrest report. She said they also had sex at the man’s brother’s house.
Franzese was hired in 2016 after a background check that included a screening with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FBI and the FDLE sexual offender and predator registry, according to the district. All instructors in the district are also screened in the Department of Education database for past disciplinary action.