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Elementary teacher at FAMU DRS accused of sexual relationship with underage student

Posted at 10:03 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 10:08:58-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 1st grade teacher at FAMU Developmental Research School has been arrested on multiple lewd and lascivious battery charges after being accused of being in an 11-month sexual relationship with a Leon High School student.

Shannon Davis, 26, was arrested on Thursday after a warrant was issued for her arrest earlier this week.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the FAMU Police Department was made aware of the accusations on Feb. 18. Documents say FAMU DRS called police to report that a teacher had been having "sexual relations" with a students.

They told police that a FAMU DRS student had turned over text messages of a conversation the student had with Davis. Police say Davis, who investigators note was a 1st grade teacher at the school, admitted to being in an 11-month relationship with a student at Leon High School.

In light of the allegations, police conducted an interview with Davis. During the interview, the report says Davis admitted to having a relationship with the 16-year-old student.

"However, she denied that there was ever anything inappropriate," the report read. "... She was confronted by the FAMU Police Department with the text messages ... and she stated she knew her conversations were inappropriate."

Throughout the time the investigation took place, documents say Davis and the victim continued to communicate. Documents say the victim also confirmed a sexual relationship with Davis, saying that they engaged in sexual acts together multiple times.

Based on the evidence, Davis was arrested on six counts of lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of tampering with a witness.

As of Friday, she is being held in jail without bond.