Former St. Johns County teacher charged for transmitting harmful content to minors

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Twenty-six-year-old Kyle Spitzer, a former St. Augustine High School chemistry teacher was arrested Thursday.


He faces three counts of transmitting harmful content to minors and one count of illegal use of a two-way communications device.

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This all comes after reports of Spitzer’s alleged inappropriate behavior with a student surfaced last December.

A letter notifying the school’s principal alleged that Spitzer exchanged Snapchat messages and offered to buy a student vapes.

The school district document also said he sent a student multiple inappropriate photos of a sexual nature, in which he was nude.

That’s when the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office was notified.

According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the victim was 13 years old, and she had 26-year-old Spitzer as a teacher.

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It also said, “she and other students were given vapes by the defendant to smoke during school hours, which resulted in him being very popular amongst the students, and the defendant also invited students over to his residence to just “hang out.”

The report said Spitzer stated he wants to be a mentor to the students and sometimes oversteps the boundaries by discussing sex and drugs with the students.

Jerrod Webster has a 15-year-old student at the school and said behavior is more than unprofessional.

“It’s Despicable,” Webster said. “We entrust our educators to teacher our kids and there’s a line of professionalism in place that, we expect them not to develop any inappropriate relationships.”

Another letter from the district’s superintendent sent out on Jan. 5th said Spitzer was placed on administrative leave. On Friday, Spitzer was notified he will not be re-appointed for employment.

Action News Jax also learned that Spitzer posted bail and was released Friday.

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He is due in court on May 31.