Doral teacher arrested, charged in alleged sexual relationship with teen

DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - A Doral schoolteacher has bonded out of jail after she was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with her 15-year-old student that was recorded on video.

Twenty-seven-year-old Desiree Cartin Rodriguez was taken into custody on Friday. She is facing two felony counts of lewd and lascivious assault on a child.

Police said Cartin Rodriguez, who taught English at Doral Academy Preparatory School at 11100 NW 27th St., engaged in what she considered consensual sexual relations with the male teen.

Detectives said the victim confirmed the relationship and said he had recorded some of their encounters on video.

“The young man took the video; the video was not hidden,” said Doral Police spokesperson Rey Valdes. “It wasn’t like it was a hidden camera. She was aware that there was video. You can clearly tell by the proximity of her face to the camera that she was aware she was being filmed.”

Police said Cartin Rodriguez’s relationship with the ninth grade student began back in August.

The arrest affidavit states the freshman told police that “he would stay in the defendant’s classroom both during lunch hour and after school.

Investigators said the teacher and the pupil would initially just kiss, but the relationship escalated, moving off campus.

The affidavit states that “the defendant would drive just outside the victim’s home, where they would both meet.”

Detectives said Cartin Rodriguez and the student also engaged in oral sex in her car.

The affidavit states, “Inside the defendant’s vehicle, the defendant and victim would engage in sexual contact.”

“I’m not going to go into details, but I can tell you it’s graphic and explicit, and we’ll leave it at that,” said Valdes. “I guess everybody can make their own summations.”

Police said they brought in Cartin Rodriguez for questioning. The suspect, who is married, confessed to the crime and was placed under arrest.

“She admitted to being involved in the relationship, even went as far as telling our detectives she was in love with the boy,” said Valdes.

School officials said Cartin Rodriguez was immediately fired once they learned of the allegations.

In a statement, Doral Academy Prep’s principal wrote, “Upon learning of this, we immediately contacted law enforcement and suspended the teacher … Protecting our students is our number one priority.”

“Even though [the student] may have been a willing participant, by law he cannot offer consent,” said Valdes, “so the term consensual is somewhat contradictory, because he cannot offer consent under the law.”

Cartin Rodriguez was being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade but has since bonded out.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office is investigating.

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