Eastside teaching aide is arrested

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 31, 2004 at 10:55 p.m.
A 28-year-old Eastside High School teaching aide was arrested early Friday and charged with one count of lewd and lascivious battery on a student.
Latoya Coleman of Williston was arrested about 1:30 a.m. by Williston police and booked into the Levy County jail in Bronson.
She is being held under a $100,000 bond and will be moved to the Alachua County jail sometime after the holiday, said Lt. Jim Troiano of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
A warrant for Coleman's arrest was issued in Alachua County on Thursday following an investigation into an incident that occurred Nov. 9. The investigation began after Eastside High Principal Michael Thorne filed a complaint following rumors of a sexual act involving Coleman and a student in a school office.
Coleman, an exceptional education aide at EHS who assists students with emotional and physical disabilities, was placed on administrative leave after the initial complaint, Alachua County Schools spokeswoman Jackie Johnson said Friday.
She said the school district is conducting its own investigation into the incident and expects to have it completed by Monday or Tuesday.
Johnson said that because of the investigation, she could provide no more details about the incident or Coleman.

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