A Delaware music teacher was arrested after it was discovered that she sent over 11,000 sexually explicit text messages, photos and videos to a 13-year-old student on an iPod that she bought for him.
Nicole Veneroso, 32, reportedly told the boy several times that she loved him and was confused by her feelings for him, according to court papers obtained by the Delaware News Journal.
"I don't understand my feelings," she reportedly wrote in a text.
"This isn't like me and I'm scared," she wrote. "I am careful and guarded. I don't leave myself exposed and vulnerable, but that's what happened. I don't understand how you have this effect on me. I have fought and denied. I have pushed down feelings, and it's all been for nothing. I want things. I have collapsed. I have fallen ... and I know it will hurt."
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Veneroso was suspended in January after school officials were contacted by the boy's parents. She is currently being held at Baylor Women's Correctional Institution.
Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Matt Burrows released a statement to parents on March 23 confirming that Veneroso was fired, and assured parents that she had been suspended when the allegations first came to light.
"On January 27, the Appoquinimink School District contacted parents and staff to notify you that a former music educator – Nicole Veneroso – was placed on administrative leave and prohibited from having contact with students, or entering our premises, after an allegation of misconduct," the statement read. "We have been notified by the Delaware State Police that she was arrested today.
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"The district took the unusual step of informing parents and the public before an arrest was made because of our understanding that Veneroso conducted private lessons in the community.
"Veneroso has received a notice of termination from the District.
"The Department of Justice (DOJ) has agreed to work with us to schedule an information session for parents to address concerns related to the allegations. Scheduling for that meeting will be determined by the DOJ in order to respect the legal rights of all parties.
"In closing, we'd like to stress that Appoquinimink staff and Board members share your pain and concern about this situation. The safety of students is our top priority. You have our assurance that any allegation of inappropriate behavior will result in the immediate notification of local law enforcement officials, and we will work closely with them to protect our children."
An investigation began on Jan. 27, with police recovering 11,650 texts between Veneroso and the student. The boy's mother told the school that she found sexually explicit videos and photos on his cell phone. The conversations reportedly indicated that the boy was a student of Veneroso's and that they had kissed at least once.
The teacher would also reportedly talk on the phone with the boy almost every night, and the two would often communicate via video chat.
In several texts, the teacher would describe sexual fantasies to the boy.
Venerso was hired by the school district in the fall of 2015 and taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade orchestra.