NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida teacher is receiving a lesson in the law after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenager.

Authorities only learned about this illegal and inappropriate relationship after the victim wrote about it in a college application essay. School personnel in Connecticut quickly notified police.

The teacher, Carlos Montero, was arrested last week in Broward County after being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy who he met online in 2021 and was vacationing in South Florida.

According to police, the two also exchanged sexually explicit pictures and videos for several months.

“I do find probable cause as to counts one, two and four,” said Broward County Court Judge Phoebee Francois.

According to an arrest report, the victim “disclosed he was under 18,” but “the defendant did not question him about his age.”

Eventually, Montero picked him up and drove to the defendant’s home where they had sex, stated the report.

7News went to Montero’s Fort Lauderdale home, but there was no answer.

Montero was a science teacher at Scheck Hillel Community School as well as the department’s chair for junior high and high school. He is listed at least twice on the school’s website.

One announced his employment in 2018 and described him as a teacher of the highest caliber by mentioning his career accolades, which includes Miami-Dade County teacher of the year and other federal recognition.

“I don’t know who he is, but I’ve heard students in my classroom,” said a student. “Knowing he was in my school, it’s kind of dangerous. Scary.”

Montero was released on $40,000 bond.

His next court date is to be determined.

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