On June 28th, the mother of an 11 year old called the Lakeland Police Department after she discovered disturbing text messages between her child and his teacher from this past school year. The arrestee, Alecia Dotson, 45 yrs old, is employed by the Polk County School Board as a Paraprofessional at Highlands Grove Elementary where the victim attended as a 5th grade.
There were approximately 100 text messages sent back and forth between the two. On June 28, Dotson sent a text message to the victim asking to pick him up and take him to the library. The mother decided to check her son’s cell phone and discovered several inappropriate text messages sent to her son. While the Lakeland Police was at the mothers house conducting an investigation, Dotson again sent a text message saying, “Love bug what are you doing” and “I’ll be sure to tell her we won’t have sex on the first visit…LOL.”
The Special Victims Unit began an investigation on June 29th and had control of the victim’s cell phone. On June 30th, Dotson sent another text message asking the victim “Are you awake love bug?” Dotson, believing she was talking to the victim when in fact it was detectives, arranged a meeting with him at the Cinemark Movie Theater for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual conduct. Prior to arriving at the theater, Dotson stopped and picked up a bottle of strawberry warming lubricant from Spencer’s at the Lakeland Mall. Dotson was taken into custody after she showed up as planned at the Lakeland Mall.
Dotson stated that over the last three weeks the relationship between her and the victim evolved from a “Mentorship” to a “Crush” and then a “Romantic relationship.” Based on the investigation, Dotson was charged with:
· Sexual Battery (attempt) under 12- (2 counts)
· Use Computer Device to Solicit a Child
· Traveling to Meet a Minor
· Unlawful Use of Communications
Dotson was later transported to the Polk County Jail on June 30th.