A teacher at the John I. Smith K-8 Center has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship and sex with one of his 15-year-old former students, police say, becoming Miami-Dade County’s third teacher arrested on similar charges this month.
Doral Police and Miami-Dade School Board Police have been investigating allegations against Heiry Calvi, 41, since March.
She was handcuffed Thursday and charged with obscene and lascivious drumming; electronic transmission harmful to minors; illegal use of a communication device; neglect of children; offenses against students by authority figures; contribute to delinquency and possession of a firearm on school property.
Authorities were first informed of Calvi’s relationship with the student in March, according to an arrest report. The allegations were reported to JC Bermudez Sr. High School after a student showed others a video of him and Calvi having sex, police said.
“A child does not have the legal authority to give consent even though they can say ‘it’s OK,” said Rey Valdes, a spokesperson for Doral. “The responsibility lies with the adult.
According to arrest reports, a search of the student’s phone revealed nude photos of Calvi and the student, a WhatsApp message thread where the two texted each other “I love you” and other romantic expressions, Calvi’s credit card being used for the student and an audio recording of the student telling a stranger to deny knowing about his relationship with Calvi.
Police also said the two had been together at several locations outside of school, such as Miami Beach.
Calvi had been the student’s former teacher at the John I. Smith K-8 Center, which shares the same campus as JC Bermudez High.
“You have to trust your kids, but as parents you should always know what your kids are doing and who they’re hanging out with,” Valdes said.
Calvi has worked for the Miami-Dade School District since 2001 and at John I. Smith since 2005. During her years with the MDCPS, the district says she has no disciplinary history.
The school district released a statement about Calvi’s arrest:
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools are disrupted by today’s arrest involving inappropriate employee behavior. When the district learned of these allegations in March, the employee was immediately reassigned to a non-school location. The district will initiate termination procedures and ensure that the individual cannot seek future employment in this school system. M-DCPS will continue to review the training of its employees to ensure that our staff are fully aware of the district’s professional expectations of them and their ethical obligation to protect children.
Calvi’s arrest is the latest in a series of similar events involving Miami-Dade teachers accused of inappropriate relationships with students.
On Monday, Brittiny Lopez-Murray, a 31-year-old drama teacher at Hialeah High School, was arrested after police said a 14-year-old boy admitted the two had engaged in sexual acts for months. she had been named “beginning teacher of the year” in 2017 by the school.
Robert Ortiz, a former teacher at three Miami-Dade schools, was sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison last week after authorities said he had a collection of 600 child pornography photos and videos.
Daniel Fernandez, an art teacher at the Doral Charter School, was arrested after police said he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student during the 2020 school year.
On October 1, a federal jury ordered the Miami-Dade School Board to pay $ 6 million to a former student of Jason Edward Meyers, a former Palmetto High teacher, accused of harassing and sexually abusing a series of students.