Florida middle school teacher found guilty of selling drugs to students, court records say

A Florida former middle school teacher was found guilty Wednesday of selling illegal drugs to two of her students, according to court records.

A Hendry County jury found Maria Rivera, 37, guilty of numerous charges, including drug possession, selling within 1,000 feet of a school, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Miami Herald reported.

Maria Rivera was found guilty of selling drugs to her students.

Maria Rivera was found guilty of selling drugs to her students. (Hendry County Sheriff’s Office)

Formerly a teacher at Clewiston Middle, Rivera faces up to 35 years in prison when she’s sentenced. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16.

A Hendry County Sheriff's Office investigation, which began in December 2017, found that Rivera sold marijuana to two girls, ages 12 and 14.

Rivera took the girls off-campus and taught them how to prepare and ingest the drugs, investigators said. The girls had not previously used drugs.

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The investigation also determined that Rivera took money from a student and promised to deliver drugs the next day. She was arrested Dec. 8, after authorities intercepted her vehicle as she was driving off school grounds with a student.

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The teacher has remained free since posting a $101,000 bond in March 2018, according to the Herald.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.