A 28-year-old teacher is arrested after alleged sexual relationship with student (includes video story)

Disturbing accusations against a teacher have emerged. Philip Velez, a teacher and assistant basketball coach at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

On Sunday, the 28-year-old admitted to having sex with the teen several times and told authorities that she was his girlfriend. The pair allegedly met in a fundraiser hosted by the school last November.

Velez appeared in court yesterday and is facing four charges; three counts of sexual battery and one of using his authority improperly. His bond was set at $85,000.

Sofia Benitez is a senior majoring in journalism with a Bilingual Broadcast Journalism certification. After her studies, she wishes to pursue a career within the Hispanic news community and social media.