A substitute teacher reportedly groomed a teenage student with snow cones and alcohol before having sex with him at her grandparents’ house.
Alexis Mercedes Boberg, 25, from Severn, Maryland, handed herself into police on Monday (June 17) after the student at the Center of Applied Technologies North told authorities his teacher had engaged in sexual activities with him.
The teenager told police they had met up for sex at various locations in May after exchanging phone numbers at the school.
According to court documents obtained by the Capital Gazette, as per the New York Post, Boberg also communicated with the teenager on Snapchat, where messages soon turned sexual and the substitute teacher began sending explicit photos.
The teenager, whose age has not been provided by police, later met Boberg on May 24 at her grandparents’ home in Severn. He then waited outside until the substitute teacher snuck him into a back bedroom, where the two reportedly had sex.
Just days later, police say Boberg met the teen again at a mall in Glen Burnie before returning to her car, where they engaged in sexual acts.
Prior to this, the 25-year-old had taken the teenager and a friend to a snowball stand, where the trio bought snow cones before talking in her car. She then allegedly drove them to a liquor store, where she bought them mini bottles of rum which they drank before leaving.
The boy confided in his mother about what had happened, after which police were informed about the alleged encounters on June 5. His mother then applied for a court order to keep Boberg away from her son.
His mum said:
During the last 20 days, my son has been manipulated into a sexual relationship [with] his substitute teacher at school.
A spokesperson for Anne Arundel County Schools, Bob Mosier, said Boberg taught as a substitute at several schools in the district from 2017, but has since been banned from the classroom.
Mosier told WJZ-TV there is no evidence Boberg victimised any other children, and added: ‘People who would prey on children simply have no place in our school system’.
Boberg has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree sex offense for having a sexual contact with a person while in a position of authority.
She made her initial court appearance on Monday and faces up to one year in prison on each sex offense count if convicted.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.
Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.
A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).