Teacher Arrested for Relationship with Student

NEWS RELEASE 24-031 - JUNE 28, 2024
Riddick, Jakob

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrested a Venice High School teacher for engaging in sexual conduct with one of his students.

Jakob Riddick, DOB 08/21/2000, of 830 Oak Pond Dr., Osprey, was arrested on June 25 and charged with three felony charges. The charges include two counts of an authority figure soliciting/engaging in sexual conduct with a student and one charge of an authority figure soliciting/engaging in a romantic relationship with a student.

The investigation began when an administrator with Sarasota County Schools contacted the SCSO Special Victims Unit (SVU) to report an email received by the Venice High School Principal. The anonymous email detailed messages from a social media chat group that was investigated by SVU and traced to Riddick and the student.

Riddick remains in custody today on $75,000 bond per each of the three charges.