Orlando, Florida – A female karate instructor has been arrested for allegedly soliciting her 11-year-old student for sex and sending him more than a dozen nude photos, local authorities said.
Stephannie Figueroa, 21, was charged with child abuse, attempted lewd or lascivious conduct, solicitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and showing an underage boy obscene material, as reported by Daily Mail. Figueroa teaches karate at the NextGen Martial Arts studio in Orlando.
The inappropriate messages, which appeared to be from Figueroa, were found by the boy’s mother on June 15 in his Kik social messaging app. The mother proceeded to talk with the kid about them and then decided to call the police, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.
When asked about the messages, the boy said that Figueroa had sent him nude photos of herself, as well as pictures of her “private parts,” and had been flirting with him during karate practices, police said.
The boy told the authorities handling the case that Figueroa had expressed her attraction to him a few times and that she started to make advances at him in February, according to Figueroa’s arrest affidavit.
In a more recent scenario, the then 20-year-old woman sent the boy a message inviting him to her 21st birthday party, which was on Sunday. She noted that nobody else would be home that day, the boy told the police.
“I want to have sex with you,” Figueroa allegedly wrote to the 11-year-old boy, to which he answered with “Ok IDC,” which stands for “I do not care.”
Figueroa sent him about 15 nude photos, according to the boy. However, the compromising photos were deleted, and authorities did not specify who was the one who deleted the photos or the reason to do so.
In one of the messages that Figueroa allegedly sent, she expressed her wishes for “another sleepover at the karate school.” Then she added that during this event she will be able to have sex with him “in a hard way,” the police report stated.
The owner of the karate school, where Figueroa worked, admitted that there had been sleepovers at the facilities, although he assured that he never saw any inappropriate contact between the two of them. The boy also commented the police that Figueroa had slid her hand on his thigh during this night events, but that she stopped when he asked her to.
Source: Orlando Sentinel