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Police: 45-Year-Old School Employee Arrested For Having Sex With 2 Underage Students

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A 45-year-old Florida woman has been arrested and faces multiple charges after being accused of having sex with at least two underage boys, police say.

Diane Blankenship, a school clerical worker in the Dayspring Academy charter school in Pasco County, was arrested on Friday at her home in New Port Richey, Florida.

She allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old boy in the backseat of her car while the victim’s friend drove them around town in December 2014, according to the Daily Mail.

Blankenship is also accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student at his house before school, according to police.

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She was reportedly sending sexually explicit photos and videos to the students via a smartphone application called Snapchat, from which content is supposed to disappear. But the students used another app to save the material.

"It's just a sad situation where an adult should have acted like an adult," Sheriff Chris Nocco told Tampa Bay Times. "She was trying to act like she was one of the young teenagers."

Law enforcement officials in Tampa said they are still investigating to determine whether or not there are more underage boys that had sex with Blankenship.

Blankenship was charged with lewd and lascivious battery and unlawful sexual activity. She is currently being held at the Land O’Lakes jail on $100,000 bond.

According to ABC Action News, Dayspring Academy senior administrator, Suzanne Legg, says that Blankenship has been placed on unpaid administrative leave and she did not have direct contact with students enrolled at Dayspring Academy. The Academy also noted on social media that the two victims are not students at their school.

Sources: Daily MailTampa Bay TimesABC Action News

Photo Credit: Pasco County Sheriff's Office