WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Palm Beach Post) -- A former Palm Beach County teacher is facing charges that she extorted another teacher by threatening to reveal nude photos of her, authorities said.
LaTasha Terraine Currington of West Palm Beach was arrested Saturday and released on her own recognizance Sunday from the Palm Beach County Jail. Currington, 38, faces a charge of extortion.
According to a probable-cause affidavit made public Monday, Currington and the second woman met while teaching at Mavericks Charter High School in West Palm Beach in 2011. In July 2012, the women moved in together at Currington’s residence.
In either July or August, the women started fighting over money and the signing of a new lease. The alleged victim wanted to stay at Currington’s residence until Aug. 10, when her new home would be ready. Currington refused, the affidavit said.
The Palm Beach Post is not identifying the alleged victim, who is a teacher at a Palm Beach County high school.
On Aug. 5, the alleged victim told police her cat had gone missing while inside Currington’s home. On Aug. 20, Currington allegedly texted the victim regarding her “dues” of $430. The text also said if the woman “hurried,” Currington “may have or know where” the alleged victim’s cat could be found, according to the affidavit.
On Oct. 19, Currington sent another text that included nude photographs of the alleged victim. The victim told police she took the photographs herself and sent them to a friend who was in jail.
The unnamed jail received the photographs, the affidavit said, but returned them to the alleged victim’s address, which was Currington’s residence at the time. The victim never received the letter and told police she believes Currington opened her mail and gained access to the photographs.
Currington sent another text to the woman, stating she was going to forward the nude pictures “to other people the victim knew if her demands weren’t met,” police said. The victim then contacted police.
On Oct. 24, the alleged victim phoned Currington while police listened to the call. During the call, Currington told the woman she would return the five photographs in her possession for $300 apiece.
When Currington was asked by the woman if she intended to send “naked pictures of me to my employer,” Currington allegedly responded, “I mean there’s not really much else I can do other than let (the) Department of Education know who they’ve got working on their team as a certified teacher.”
Currington also threatened to “let the Palm Beach County Public School district know what you did” and to inform the “CEO of the school” where the victim works.
A meeting was arranged between Currington and the woman. Upon arriving at the meeting, Currington was arrested by a West Palm Beach Police officer. In Currington’s possession were five nude photographs of the woman.
During questioning, Currington admitted asking the woman for $1,500 in exchange for not sending the photos to students and others at her job.
“I’ve never done any wrongdoing to any person,” Currington said by phone Monday night.
The victim could be reached for comment Monday. A Mavericks official said Currington’s contract was not renewed in June 2012.
The probable-cause affidavit does not say what happened to the victim’s cat.