BREAKING: Former Nease teacher arrested on sex charges


A former physical education teacher at Allen D. Nease High School, Dione Younce, 28, was arrested Thursday on two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. She remains in custory on a $200,000 bond according to the county Sherriff’s Office.

Younce was placed on paid leave and then dismissed during a meeting of the School Board on Feb. 9 after allegedly engaging in inappropriate communications with multiple students.

Written allegations from at least three students indicated that Younce texted and direct messaged students, along with interacting with them on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies were called on the same day as the allgations to escort Younce from the Nease campus for “possible sexual misconduct” with students.

After investigations began, the Sheriff’s Office says a 17-year-old student came forward, saying he and Younce engaged in intercourse at her home several times.

Younce began her relationship with St. Johns County schools at the beginning of this school term and is still in a probationary period, meaning that she cannot appeal her termination. Police investigation into possible sexual misconduct is ongoing.