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  • Polk teacher faces more sex charges

    Polk teacher faces more sex charges

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:20:49 GMT
    Jennifer Fichter, 29, made her first appearance in court on Wednesday.Jennifer Fichter, 29, made her first appearance in court on Wednesday.
    A Polk County teacher accused of having sex with a student now faces additional charges in Hillsborough County.
    A Polk County teacher accused of having sex with a student now faces additional charges in Hillsborough County.
    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29, is charged with 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Polk Co. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29, is charged with 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Polk Co. Jail booking photo

    Mom says she complained about Lakeland teacher facing sex charges

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    WFLA News Channel 8 has learned of another case involving Jennifer Fichter, the Polk County teacher charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. More>>

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    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo
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    • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

      Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
      Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
      Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

      Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

      Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
      The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

      State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

      Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
      Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
      According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
      According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
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