Former Pinellas Park Middle School teacher and current Pasco County teacher charged with sexual assault of 14-year-old student

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Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pasco County Schools teacher and former Pinellas County Schools teacher for Sexual Battery Custodial Authority
on a student.

According to detectives, the investigation began on January 7, 2022, after detectives received information regarding an inappropriate relationship that had occurred between Kyle Handfield, 32, of Hudson, and a student who was 14 at the time of the incident.

During the investigation, it was discovered that this relationship occurred from 2017 to 2018.

According to detectives, the investigation determined that Handfield initially began communicating with the victim through a social networking website. Detectives say the victim said Handfield engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with her while a student at Pinellas Park Middle School. Handfield was the 14-year-old victim’s teacher.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to corroborate the victim’s statements.

Handfield was arrested and charged with three counts by the Sexual Battery Custodial Authority.

Kyle Handfield was a teacher at Pinellas Park Middle School from March 2015 to August 2020. Handfield has been employed by Pasco County Schools at Fivay High School since August 2020.

Detectives don’t know if there are other victims. Anyone with more information, please call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Crimes Against Children Unit, Detective Leib at 727-582-6566.

The investigation is continuing.

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