Palm Beach County High School Teacher Arrested, Accepts Plea Deal for Sex Crimes

A Fort Lauderdale newspaper has reported that a former Lantana, Florida high school drama instructor has accepted a plea deal negotiated by his Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer. Andrew Foster, 28, was a teacher at Santaluces High School when he began dating and having sex with two of his students, one of whom became pregnant as a result. Foster took the girl to obtain an abortion. She reported their activities to police when she was devastated by the discovery that he was engaged in an ongoing sexual relationship with another student. The teen had thought she and her teacher were exclusive couple planning to spend their lives together. Foster was later arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor in Broward County.
Foster’s criminal defense attorney indicated that the second young woman wanted to remain in contact with her former teacher. She testified on Foster’s behalf, telling the court that since she is now an 18-year-old adult, she would like to be allowed to remain in contact with Foster during his prison term. The woman, who is now a college student, told the court that she was not harmed by her relationship with Foster. The court ruled that while the teen may write to Foster, he is not allowed to contact her at all, even in response to any letters she sends. Circuit Judge Lucy Chernow Brown told Foster he is not to communicate with the victim through “skywriting [or]…any way that can be conceivably imagined.”
Under the terms of the plea deal negotiated by the prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers in the case, Foster will spend a total of five years incarcerated. Following his release, he will remain on sex offender probation for another decade following his release. Foster will also be required to submit to lie detector tests and HIV testing, in addition to the restrictions placed on all sex offenders with regard to where he may reside or find employment.
In Florida, unlawful sexual activity with a minor is a sex act between a child aged 16 or 17 and an adult 24 years of age or older. It is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 for each count. Foster’s plea deal allows him to spend only five years in prison, with the 414 days he had served while awaiting sentencing counting towards the total.

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Teenage Sex Crime and Alcohol

Defense Attorneys in South Florida understand all too well the devastating effect that a conviction for a sex crime can have on an individual. In the following case, Judges agreed that such a label might ruin the lives of a few boys who were accused of just that almost one year ago.
Was the following sentence lenient?
BOCA RATON, September 3, 2008 – An alcohol-laden sexual assault on two girls on New Year’s day has four of six teenagers pleading to lesser charges that do not fall under the Sex Crimes statutes. Ryan Lafferty, Blake Carter (both 14), Alex Perriello, 16, and Eduardo Otaegui, 18 all pleaded to felony battery instead of sexual battery on a helpless person and lewd and lascivious battery.
The teenagers will also receive five years of probation. The first year will be spent on house arrest. These boys got lucky, as the judge agreed to withhold adjudication if they complete the probation. That means their record may be eligible for sealing at a later date.
They must also complete a substance abuse and psycho-sexual evaluation and any other treatment recommended by psychological evaluators. They are also subject to drug and alcohol tests and are prohibited from using any kind of narcotics or drinking alcohol. They may not have any unsupervised contact with girls younger than 18 years of age, but may participate in classroom activities, verbal greetings in class and the lunchroom. They will not be allowed to attend the same school as the girls they committed the assault on.
The two girls they abused were 14 and 15 years old.
One co-defendant – William Long, 19 – did not accept the plea agreement. The offer remains open until Monday.
There is a possibility that all parties involved know each other and that there has been other sexual contact between them.

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Sex Crimes Unit

  Jim Weick served as a special crimes prosecutor in Broward County Florida. While employed, Attorney Weick was in charge of over seeing the prosecution of sex related offenses. Attorney Weick continues to focus on the area of sex offenses defending those accused of sexually motivated offenses in Broward County Florida. For more information about … Read more Sex Crimes Unit