Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 17-653

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 3, 2017
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    Teacher Arrested For Unlawful Sexual Activity With A Student

    She was charged with two counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor.
    • Friday
    • November 3, 2017
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Arrested:


    Caroline Meg Ringgold Lawson
    DOB: 9/28/88
    9301 Crescent Loop Circle
    Tampa, FL

    Charges: Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor (x2) (Enhancement- Sexual Offenses Against Students by Authority Figure)

    Details:

    On November 1, 2017 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the juvenile victim responded to the defendant’s residence within Hillsborough County. While at the residence, the victim and defendant engaged in consensual sexual activity. Later that evening, the defendant sent a series of text messages to a witness that described part of what occurred. Deputies met with the victim who provided a detailed account of their sexual encounter and verbally identified the defendant as a teacher at Lennard High School. Detectives made contact with the defendant on November 2, 2017 and although the defendant declined to provide a statement, she did spontaneously admit the incident being investigated involved text messages she sent to a witness. On November 3, 2017, Caroline Lawson was arrested and charged with two counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor (Enhancement- Sexual Offenses Against Students by Authority Figure). 

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