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Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair

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Jessica Seaman Jessica Seaman
Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29. Jail booking photo

A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into.

Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.

“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between her teacher and a student.

Seaman says she's a victim in a case she knew nothing about.

“I’m confused as to why I’m the one who's been thrown into the situation,” Seaman said.

On Tuesday when news broke her English teacher, Jennifer Fichter, was charged with having sex with a student, police also shared how the teacher tried to hide the relationship from the victim's parents by hiding under different names on the messaging app Kik.

One of those aliases was no fictitious name. It was Jessica Seaman, a student who sat in Fichter’s classroom each school day.

“It kind of hurts my heart that she’s the one involved in this because she's a really good teacher,” Seaman said.

The shocking revelation sparked a flurry of emotions for Jessica.

She's spent the week answering questions from peers who wonder of her involvement.

“I've gotten questions from people at my work like 'were you involved in this in any way' and I don't want them to think I was involved,” she said.

A proud student of Central Florida Aerospace Academy, Jessica also has fear about the image of the school she loves.

“In my opinion, my school has some of the best faculty in the world and I would hate for this to be something that puts a damper on our school's image,” Seaman said. It’s the place that's helped her become who she is.

“We’re not going to let this affect us. We're going to go on and shine bright just like CFAA always does."

Fichter remained in the Polk County jail Thursday night.

If she posts her $70,000 bond, she will go straight to Hillsborough County where she faces three more sex charges.

In all, she has 10 sex charges involving the same victim.

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