Date: May 7, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Teacher Arrested for Unlawful Sex With Student

Polk County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit detectives arrested a 25-year-old teacher from Sonrise Christian School, located at 3151 Hardin Combee Road in Lakeland, when it was discovered he had sexual intercourse with a student at the school.

Nicholas Kennedy Benton, DOB 11/19/78, was hired at the school 4 years ago as a baseball coach and substitute teacher. He met the 17-year-old female victim at the school. According to the affidavit, they engaged in sexual intercourse several times at his apartment in Lakeland.

 Benton was booked into the Polk County Jail yesterday on 2 counts of Unlawful Sex with a Minor (F-2) and is being held on no bond.
 

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