Niceville, Florida teacher Hayley Close Hallmark, already charged with having sex with a female student, has been arrested in a different county on similar charges.
According to ABC affiliate WEAR, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office charged teacher Hayley Close Hallmark Tuesday on a charge of sexual battery.
Close Hallmark — a 35-year-old teacher and soccer coach at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville — is already charged in Okaloosa County with lewd and lascivious conduct with a student by an authority figure.
No further details have been released regarding the new case. It wasn’t immediately clear if the teacher had an attorney available for comment.
Close-Hallmark is being held in Okaloosa County Jail without bond for the alleged crime that happened in Osceola County in January 2019.
Okaloosa County teacher accused of sex with student arrested again for sexual battery
Teacher Hayley Close Hallmark is currently being held in Okaloosa County on both cases’ counts.
She was first arrested in February on charges she carried on a sexual relationship with a female student from 2018 to 2020.
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She is accused of grooming the student for a period of two years, beginning when she was just 15.
“The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a teacher today on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a student by an authority figure,” authorities said in a previous press release.
PEOPLE reported that Niceville, Florida soccer coach and Ruckel Middle School teacher Hayley Hallmark faces a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a student by an authority figure in connection to the alleged sexual abuse.
Florida teacher, soccer coach allegedly groomed female student for sex abuse
“Thirty-five-year old Hayley [Close] Hallmark, a teacher and coach at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student between August 2018 and August 2020. OCSO Investigators say the victim was 15 when the relationship started,” police said.
According to WTVY in Dothan, Alabama, the relationship first began after Hallmark began texting the victim.
The texting progressed to sexting and ultimately physical encounters at other locations, authorities alleged.
The investigation began on Feb. 4 after the student confided in another teacher about the alleged abuse.
Hallmark was taken into custody Friday evening before being transported to the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview.
Niceville teacher arrested after allegedly having sexual relationship with student
According to MEAWW, the teen and teacher allegedly had a number of trysts inside Hallmark’s classroom after school and at both of their homes.
A warrant for the arrest of teacher Hayley Close Hallmark was issued just a day later the student made the report.
MEAWW noted that the woman’s now-deleted Facebook indicated she was married.
“In September 2020, she wrote, “So I have the best husband ever. He brought he lunch and then shortly after I had a ‘Beautiful delivery’ the office said. I sent some kids to get it and this is what they came back with. Thank you. Love you!!”
The minor allowed an investigator to look through the contents of her phone, which reportedly revealed evidence confirming the illicit relationship, according to court documents.
Who is Hayley Hallmark? Florida teacher who sexually abused female student in classroom for two years arrested