Yaira Cotto Flores, 26, has been found guilty of transporting a 14-year-old male student to a motel with the intent to have sex. The teenager claims that Flores bought condoms and taught him how to use one.
According to Fox News, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Yaira Cotto Flores was the student’s English teacher at a school in the western town of San Lorenzo. Officials said Cotto gave him several gifts including an acne treatment kit and an expensive watch before taking him to a motel in March 2016. They reportedly went to the Oriente Motel in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, where the English teacher paid $30 for a room.
Cotto was ordered to remain under house arrest until a sentencing scheduled for August. Fox News reports that her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.
Flores is just the latest teacher to be charged for an alleged relationship with a teenager student. Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
In addition, 31-year-old Nicole Marie Andrews, 32-year-old Jessica Langford, 29-year-old Andrea Baber, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap, 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro have also been charged with these charges.
42-year-old Heather Butts of California was arrested on a second-degree felony charge, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student.