A Fort Pierce Central High School criminal justice teacher has been accused of stealing more than $3,000 from her students and $512 from the school.
Sharonda Johnson, 47, of the 5500 block of Northwest Scepter Drive, Port St. Lucie, was arrested on nine grand theft charges, two petty theft charges and two charges of tampering with a witness.
In March, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they went to the high school after a school resource deputy and bookkeeper called them accusing Johnson of stealing money during two school fundraisers.
The bookkeeper told deputies Johnson was in charge of a candy fundraiser for which $2,080 worth of candy was bought, but the school was reimbursed $1,740.
In another fundraiser, school officials said Johnson collected money for shirts, but didn’t deliver shirts to 10 students. School officials said they spoke to eight of the 10 students who all said they paid Johnson for the shirts, but didn’t get them.
Between March and May, Johnson is accused of taking between $100 and $400 from each of 10 students, students told deputies.
Multiple students told deputies Johnson collected money for a competition field trip and then told students either the trip was canceled when it wasn’t, or told them they weren’t ready for the competition and shouldn’t go.
The school’s bookkeeper told deputies none of the 10 students who said they paid Johnson for the field trip were noted by the school as having paid for it.