A Leto High School teacher is accused of having sex with a student.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Eric Milis on Tuesday night after a former student told detectives she had a sexual relationship with him when she was 17-years-old.
Eric Milis, 30, is a social studies teacher at Leto High School. Officials say he’s been there since 2012 and never had any disciplinary issues.
But recently, a 19-year-old former student told school officials that when she was a 17-year-old junior, the pair had sex in a car off campus.
“The victim spoke to him on the phone with detectives listening and he admitted during that phone conversation that he did have a sexual relationship with her,” said HCSO spokesperson Crystal Clark.
Milis was arrested on Tuesday night and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
Authorities believe this was an isolated incident.
“Sometimes for these victims when they’re in the middle of it, it’s scary. They don’t know who to turn to, they don’t know what to say because they’re worried that they’re going to look like the bad guy in all of this,” said Clark.
Milis has bonded out of jail but no one answered when we knocked on the door at his home.
Savier Mendez is a Leto High School graduate, and he’s shocked over this alleged heinous crime.
“Its supposed to be a safe zone, its just supposed to be like your house,” said Mendez. “Its important for the parent to be involved a lot, getting to know their teachers, whether they’re high school or not. I think is an important thing. Letting them know that you’re a figure in their life and you’re gonna be there.”
A school spokesperson released a statement saying, “We are shocked by these charges. Parents and students put their trust in him to provide a safe learning environment and he broke that trust.”
“There’s nothing that the victim did wrong in this. She trusted a teacher at her school and unfortunately he took advantage of her,” said Clark.
Officials do not believe there are other victims but the investigation continues.
Milis is prohibited from returning to campus until the school board decides his job status.