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Seminole County Teacher Jailed for Serving Students Alcohol

Merdeith Witt, a former Oviedo High School special education teacher, entered a plea before Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins earlier today. Witt had been formally charged with 4 counts of serving alcohol to a person under 21 and one count open house party. Two of the individuals alleged to receive alcohol from Witt were her students.

According to law enforcement, Witt, 32, gave one of the students the keys to her vehicle which was later involved in an accident leading to the arrest of one of the teens who was driving. Witt resigned from her teaching position shortly after her arrest.

Witt was sentenced to 30 days Seminole County jail by the court and placed on years probation. During her sentencing, Judge Collins stated “We have to trust and have confidence in our teachers, and you violated that trust and that confidence. … We cannot accept this from teachers.”

Fleet Tilden, Esq.
Fleet Tilden, Esq.
Beginning in 1923, attorney John Tilden, Esq. established his law practice in Downtown Orlando with a full service law firm serving Central Florida residents. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, attorney N. Fleetwood Tilden, Esq. began his Central Florida law practice after graduating from law school in 1993. After a career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting Central Florida criminal cases, the Law Office of Tilden Law was established. Practicing exclusively Criminal Defense, Mr. Tilden has handled over 5,000 criminal cases.