A 33-year-old Florida middle school teacher is facing two counts of sexual assault on a minor after allegedly being caught last week in the back of her car with a 15-year-old former student, PEOPLE confirms.
According to a statement from investigators in Florida’s Broward County, Pamela Stigger was arrested early Thursday morning in the town of Tamarac.
Stigger — who is being held on $37,500 bail — is additionally charged with one count of lewd and lascivious activity on a minor. She has not entered a plea to the charges against her; her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
According to Stigger’s police report, which was obtained by PEOPLE, deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office allegedly happened upon her car shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday, where she was found inside with the teen, whom she previously taught eighth-grade drama.
Stigger and the boy had sex in the back seat minutes before sheriff’s deputies arrived, the arrest report alleges.
But, according to the report, Stigger denied any sexual contact and instead allegedly laid the blame at the teen’s feet — telling authorities he tried “to seduce her” as deputies were approaching her car.
“The defendant said she was only trying to mentor him while they were both occupying the back seat of her vehicle,” the arrest report states.
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At this time, investigators do not believe Stigger was sexually involved with any other students.
On Friday, a judge ordered her to wear an ankle monitor, and she has been barred from having any contact with the teenage boy.
Stigger, who was employed as a teacher at Forest Glen Middle School in Broward County since 2008, has been reassigned to a different school, according to a statement from Broward County Public Schools.
She will not be working with any students going forward, the district said.
“This situation is being taken extremely seriously, and the district will continue to cooperate with the investigation,” their statement reads.
Anyone with any additional information about the case is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000 cash.