Clewiston school employee names released after accusations of inappropriate behavior

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Hendry County Sheriff’s Office released reports on Hendry County District Schools employees accused of inappropriate behavior with students Friday.

Former Clewiston High School Teacher

Ra’vin Sinclair Lee, in his early twenties, resigned from his position at the high school after he was accused of inappropriate activities with a student under 18 years old. The sheriff’s office does not know where Lee was when he allegedly committed crimes.

According to HCSO, when Lee was 24 years old, he reportedly sent obscene material to an underage student with a cell phone. Lee is also accused of texting and exchanging pictures that were sexual in nature and promoted sex.

The initial victim’s iPhone is in HCSO custody for evidence in the ongoing investigation. Lee resigned from his job as a teacher at the end of February. In late March, it was reported Lee may have been involved in inappropriate behavior with another student.

Lee faces charges of Cruelty Toward Child (Direct Or Promote Sexual Performance Of A Child) and Obscene Material Distribution (To A Minor).

Former CHS Secretary

Laurinda Barraza, 53, is accused of sending nude pictures of herself to CHS students. None of the students have pictures. They were only seen on Snapchat.  

Baraza faces a charge for Contributing to the Delinquency Of A Minor, a first-degree misdemeanor.  

According to the HCSO report, there is no proof of the accusations against Barraza except for witness testimonies.  

Barraza no longer works for Clewiston High.

Former Clewiston Middle School Substitute Teacher

Taylor Catlett, 18, is accused of kissing a student at Clewiston Middle School. She was fired from her job as a substitute teacher and told she will not be allowed to return to the school as a substitute.

According to HCSO, Catlett said a student forced themselves onto her. Catlett was asked if she wanted to pursue charges, and she chose not to. Additionally, video footage captured Catlett’s encounter with an underage student and did not match what Catlett told law enforcement.

No charges are reportedly being filed by the student, who was reportedly seen kissing Catlett at school. HCSO, along with the state attorney’s office, determined there was no clear crime committed by Catlett.

The school district is the lead agency handling the case at this time. District officials told Catlett she will not be allowed to return as a substitute teacher to Clewiston Middle. All evidence and statements are being sent the school board for further review.

Trust WINK News to update you as more information becomes available. 

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