MARION COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) says that they arrested a Lake Weir High School (LWHS) teacher for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female student who he used to teach.
They say that the offense was discovered after inappropriate pictures of 30-year-old Jason Michael Tarlton and the victim were uploaded to a social media application and were brought ot the attention of the MCSO School Resource Officer assigned to LWHS.
According to deputies, the MCSO School Resource Officer was made aware of several inappropriate images uploaded to the "Afterschool" phone application depicting Tarlton and the victim in a sexual manner and without clothes.
Detectives say they made contact with the victim, who said she accidentally uploaded the pictures from her phone to the application. The victim advised that she is no longer a student at LWHS, but had Tarlton as a teacher last year.
They say that she went on to tell detectives that they became friends and eventually became sexually involved. She said that Tarlton told her that he loved her and if he ever got caught, he said she was "worth it."
Detectives say they then responded to Tarlton's residence and placed him under arrest. While taking him into custody, police noticed a printed copy of the Florida statues for Chapter 948.30 in plain view on the passenger seat of his vehicle. This statue discusses probation and community control involving sex offenses. They say the paperwork was freshly printed just hours before his arrest.
Tarlton was charged with one count of Sexual Assault by a Custodian-Victim between the ages of 12-18 years old. He has since posted his $10,000 bond and was released form the Marion County Jail.