Who is Philip Velez (Teacher)? Wiki, Biography, Age, Charged, Arrested

Philip Velez
Philip Velez

Philip Velez Wiki – Philip Velez Biography

Philip Velez, a police officer hit the apartment of a Florida high school teacher allegedly interrupting a se**xual encounter with a 17-year-old student. Now the teacher faces multiple charges of se**xual assault.

The teacher, 28-year-old Philip Velez, and the student had previously discussed how his age made their relationship inappropriate, according to a Hollywood police arrest affidavit.

Philip Velez Age

Philip Velez is 28 years old.

Charged – Arrested

However, Velez identified the minor as his girlfriend when Hollywood police showed up at his residence on Saturday to search for the girl, who was traced to the location by a phone app, according to the affidavit.

“I don’t take it lightly. He’s a teacher, but he’s a young teacher,” Velez defense attorney Kenneth Hassett said at a bond hearing Monday that was shown on WPLG.

Hassett defended his client at the hearing where the suspect’s bail was set at $ 85,000, arguing that in another 60 days, the alleged victim would be 18 years old and thus reach the age of consent, The Miami Herald reports.

According to the affidavit, the alleged victim told police that she started talking to Velez in November after a school event and eventually went to her apartment where the two had s**ex for the first time out of four or five times.

The alleged victim’s sister observed her acting suspiciously in recent weeks, according to the arrest report, and on Saturday the sister told her father that a cell phone locator indicated that the alleged victim was in an apartment complex from Hollywood.

The father alerted the police, who then contacted Velez at the home to inquire about the girl’s whereabouts. The teenager told officers that she and Velez were having s**ex when they arrived, according to the arrest report.

Velez has been an employee of Broward County Public Schools at Flanagan High School since July 2019, the district confirmed. He teaches culinary arts and is reportedly an assistant basketball coach, reports WPLG.

“He’s in a position where he’s supposed to protect children, teach them, not have s**ex with them,” Broward County Prosecutor Eric Linder said during the bail hearing, according to the outlet.

Velez got out of jail Monday night. He is charged with three counts of se**xual assault by an ad**ult on a victim between the ages of 12 and 18, and one count of being an authority figure involved in se**xual conduct with a student. It was unclear if he had entered a guilty plea.

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