JUPITER, FL. – A Palm Beach County middle school teacher remains behind bars after police say he had sex with a former 16-year-old student in his classroom closet.
According to his arrest report, Daniel Heath Norment, 41, was charged by an authority figure with sexual activity with a minor and a sex offense against a student.
Authorities said Norment had been approached several times by the school’s administration for non-criminal conduct.
According to one report, Norment would show students into the school dressing room and advise them. Two years ago, Norment was the coach of the girls’ basketball team and allowed the girls to change their clothes in his classroom after school.
In a statement, the victim said she exchanged cell phone numbers with the Independence Middle School teacher and would help him with paperwork after school. On one occasion in his classroom, the victim said Norment told her he loved her, became “aggressive” and fondled her, and led her into the closet where he undressed her and had sex with her.
When the victim reported the incident to authorities, she said, “Norment should not be around juveniles.”
Norment is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail.
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