The Bizarre World of Florida

Former teacher gets a dozen additional charges November 30, 2011

Filed under: Child Abuse,Controversy,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Sex,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:46 pm

About a dozen additional charges have been filed against the former teacher found in an Ohio motel room with a 16-year-old boy from Shalimar.

The Crestview Police Department has charged Amanda Cooney with two counts of armed burglary, two counts of grand theft of a firearm, two counts of petit theft, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, unarmed burglary, burglary, grand theft and forgery.

These new charges are in addition to the previous charges of burglary to a motor vehicle, theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery.

The 25-year-old Crestview resident was originally arrested on Nov. 4 in Ohio after a Riverside Police Department officer ran her plates and saw that a national alert had been issued for her for fleeing with the teenager.

Officials found a stolen handgun and a small bag of marijuana inside their motel room.

Cooney was extradited to Florida the week of Nov. 17 to face the burglary-related charges. The teenager was extradited back to Florida for violating his probation and also faces charges.

Cooney’s new charges stem from four different incidents in October.

The first incident occurred Oct. 14 when Cooney and the 16-year-old took a Taurus semi-automatic pistol and a video camera from a vehicle on Northview Lane in Crestview.

That gun was the one found with the two in Ohio.

When Cooney was interviewed about the burglary, she said she helped the teenager and a couple other people, who have not yet been named, break into several cars because “she was a people person, didn’t want to be a party pooper and because they needed the money,” according to a probable cause document released by Crestview Police Department.

Later that month, Cooney was spotted on Walmart surveillance video using a gift card that had been reported stolen from a vehicle. She confessed to using other stolen credit cards that day to make purchases at a convenience store and Walmart.

At the end of October, the day after a man reported someone had broken into his vehicle and taken three credit cards, Cooney was spotted at a store using one of those credit cards to buy “tobacco products.”

At the same time that man reported his vehicle had been broken into, his neighbor also stated his vehicle was broken into and a handgun was taken.

According to the police reports, Cooney has admitted to helping break into the vehicles and then using the credit cards in all these cases.

The Crestview Police Department started investigating Cooney for the burglaries prior to her arrest in Ohio, but it has taken some time to get all the warrants, said Lt. Andrew Schneider, a spokesman for the police department.

In addition to the charges in Crestview, Cooney might also face charges from the Shalimar Police Department for leaving the state with the teenager.

Additionally, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the report of “unlawful sexual activity” between a 25-year-old former teacher and a 16-year-old boy. Officials at the Sheriff’s Office said they would not name the suspect unless charges are filed.

Until she resigned on Nov. 3, Cooney was working as a reading teacher at Okaloosa Academy Charter School in Fort Walton Beach.

Read more: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/charges-45572-burglary-theft.html#ixzz1f83kcHls


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