Deputies: Boy's face burned with lighter; Teachers arrested
Updated On: Nov 15 2012 06:36:10 PM EST
A husband and wife who teach in Osceola County were arrested on child abuse and other charges after a boy in their care was burned on his face with a cigarette lighter, according to deputies.
Bianca Vacek, 51, and Thomas Vacek, 53, both of whom teach at Poinciana High School were arrested Tuesday in Kissimmee.
The boy's mother filed for temporary injunctions against the Vaceks in Osceola County Court Thursday--seeking to keep the couple away from her son.
Bianca Vacek faces charges of aggravated domestic child abuse, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting without violence. Thomas Vacek faces charges of failure to report child abuse and resisting arrest without violence.
According to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, deputies took a report from the boy's mother who said she noticed what appeared to be a burn mark on her son's face. The boy had been staying with the Vaceks for the past week, according to deputies.
The boy told his mother that while Bianca Vacek was drunk, she burned him with a cigarette lighter, according to the Sheriff's Office.
A doctor said the victim had burn marks near his mouth and nose, and detectives also discovered that Thomas Vacek told his wife to stop burning the boy and threatened to call law enforcement-but never did.
Detectives tried to speak with the Vaceks, but they did not cooperate and both resisted arrest when deputies attempted to take them into custody.
Erick Nunez, a neighbor who lives two houses down from the Vaceks, says as a dad himself the allegations against the couple makes him angry. "It's kind of crazy because I don't know why somebody would do something like," Nunez said, "Every punishment they deserved they should get it."
The Osceola School District told Local 6 that Bianca Vacek teaches exceptional student education and Thomas Vacek teaches 10th-grade reading.
School officials said both teachers have been reassigned out of the school until an investigation is completed. The 12-year-old victim isn't a student at Poinciana High.
Parents with students at the school worry how the pair handles student issues at school.
Tiffany Campbell said, "If something happened to my child in school, would they say something? Would they report it or would they let it go?"
The Vaceks were booked into the Osceola County Jail but have since been released on bond.
Bianca Vacek has no prior criminal record, but Thomas has faced several criminal accusations before. Court records show in 2005 he was accused by several students of touching them inappropriately with his genitals. He was later found not guilty in that case.
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