A former employee of the Escambia County School District has been sentenced to state prison for having sex with a student at Tate High School.
Susan Elizabeth Weddle of Cantonment was convicted of sexual assault on a 16 or 17 year old victim and obscene and lascivious behavior with a 12 to 16 year old victim. She was sentenced by Judge Joel Boles to 78 months (6.5 years) on each count, to be served concurrently, followed by five years of probation.
Weddle, now 42, has also been named a sex offender. She was ordered to pay court costs and enroll in a sex offender treatment program. Once released, she is prohibited from working or volunteering where children play or congregate regularly, including schools, parks, playgrounds and daycares. She is prohibited from having contact with children under the age of 18 without assessment and is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with her children.
On November 22, 2019, a Tate High School student alleged he was having sex with “forty-year-old” Susan Weddle, according to an arrest report. The student spoke to a school counselor about the relationship and said his mother was aware of the allegation and confiscated her cell phone because she discovered text messages between him and Weddle.
A witness reported seeing the victim and Weddle kissing at her home, the report says.
When questioned by authorities, the student confessed to having had sex with Weddle “several hundred times” over about a year and a half from the age of 15 in places such as her home, her home, the beach and his vehicle. The student said he thought he was in love with Weddle, and the couple regularly shared nude photos over the phone. He said those phones were either destroyed or factory reset. He said the relationship started in October 2018 while he was at her home because he was friends with his son. The Tate student said he got drunk and persuaded her to have sex with him, according to an arrest report.
A witness said he saw Weddle and the student kissing in the kitchen at a party at her house, and said the student admitted to having sex with Weddle after the party. He also told investigators that he saw a video which he said showed the student having sex with Weddle, but no faces could be seen in the video.
The student told investigators that during their relationship Weddle provided him with an iPhone, a necklace and a bracelet, but these were gifts, not payment for anything.