Citrus MPs arrest former teacher in county’s first human trafficking case


CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast has said the county’s first human trafficking arrest did not involve anyone you suspect.

On Friday morning, deputies put handcuffs on Kristin Jarvis, 35, a former teacher and paraprofessional at the Center Renaissance de Lecanto, a school for students with behavioral problems or suspended from traditional classes.

Sheriff Prendergast thinks Jarvis should have learned better.

“This teacher was in a special position of trust with a minor and should have known better,” Sheriff Prendergast said. “And really should have done a lot better as a role model and a mentor.”

The investigation into Jarvis’s alleged behavior began in April. Jarvis, who was employed by the school at the time, is accused of having had sex with a 17-year-old student for months.

“These are many cases over a period of about six months,” Sheriff Prendergast said.

Meanwhile, Jarvis is accused of driving the teenager from place to place and even paying for sexual favors. This is what led to the charge of human trafficking.

On Friday morning, deputies arrested her, her charges include human trafficking, sexual violence by an authority figure, sexual violence by a detention authority, traveling to meet a minor, neglect children and the contribution to delinquency of a minor.

Lawyer William Grant represents Jarvis. He says his client is considering pleading not guilty.

“They have to give us witnesses, they have to give us documents,” Grant said. “And what we’ve looked at so far will certainly challenge the government. But we will respond to them in kind.

Sheriff Prendergast believes anyone who prey on children is a danger to the community and is glad his deputies were able to take Jarvis into custody. Now, detectives are trying to determine if the victim, in this case, is the only victim.

“We don’t know if it was a one-time deal. There may be other victims there, ”Sheriff Prendergast said. “Obviously, the evidence has been overwhelming for this particular case. “

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