Clearwater mother faces sex with minor charges

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A Clearwater mother is accused of sleeping with a 17-year-old boy who attends Countryside High School.

Deborah Johnson, 49, is charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Johnson was arrested last Thursday, according to an affidavit.

Police say she had consensual sex with the minor on Nov. 26. Investigators say Johnson was arrested last week after the victim’s parents went to police.

The Clearwater Police Department and Pinellas County School District officials have declined to comment on the case.

A district representative did say that Johnson was once hired as a substitute but never taught at Countryside High or any other school in the district. She was let go in 2015.

Julie Pollack’s son goes to school with the teenager. “That’s horrifying. That’s disgusting,” Pollack said.

She learned about the allegations Thursday. “I’m 51 and my son is 15 and his friends are over my house all the time. It’s respect. That’s just a boundary you don’t touch,” Pollack said.

Pollack’s son Jackson said students were talking about it around campus. “It’s kind of awkward if you’re doing that with someone’s mom,” he said.

Pollack said she hopes all parties can move on. “It ruins the child; it ruins the families. It ruins the schools trust,” she said.

Johnson is out on a $10,000 bond.

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