Warrant Details Allegations Against Art Teacher Charged With Having Sex With A Student

February 6, 2023

An arrest warrant details the allegations against a Beulah Middle School art teacher arrested on child sex charges involving a student.

Winston Hezekiah Foster, 61, was charged with sexual assault, lewd or lascivious behavior on a victim age 12 to 16, and a sexual offense against a student by an authority figure. He was released on a $60,000 bond shortly after his arrest on Thursday.

In December, the State Attorney’s Office received a complaint from the victim who alleged Foster, her former middle school art teacher, had a sexual relationship with her from October of 2017 when she was 15-years old until September 2019 when she was 17-years old. She said Foster was her art teacher for sixth, seventh and eighth grade while she attended Woodham Middle School.

She told investigators that it was not uncommon for art students to come visit Foster before school. She said Foster “started to be more forward with her and make comments that she thought were ‘weird’ for him to say,” according to an arrest warrant, before inviting her to do things outside of school. She said he invited her for sushi, and they went back to his house to eat. She said he kissed her, but that was it. In 2017, he allegedly took her to see a movie in about October 2017 before taking her to his house and having sex, the warrant obtained by NorthEscambia.com states.

“During the summer months, when Foster was off and his wife was at work, he would pick her up from her home and take her back to his house,” according to the warrant. The victim also alleged they had sex in a supply closet in his classroom at Woodham Middle School in 2017 and then at Beulah Middle School in 2018 and 2019. She also stated they had “virtual sex” through an app while Foster was in Houston visiting his very ill daughter.

According to district documents, Foster was  an art teacher at Beulah Middle School and previously at Woodham Middle School.

According to Escambia County Public Schools, Foster was no longer an employee as of last Thursday.

Foster’s mugshot was not made available  by the Escambia County Jail, which cited a Florida statute (F.S.S 119.071) that typically protects law enforcement and first responder mugshots and those of their families from public release. The jail did not cite the specific exemption claimed by Foster. Foster is pictured above from his arrest warrant (left) and after winning an art educator award while he was at Beulah Middle School.


21 Responses to “Warrant Details Allegations Against Art Teacher Charged With Having Sex With A Student”

  1. chris james on February 12th, 2023 7:33 am

    She has too many facts about him she should NOT know but I know the facts are true about certain accusations. Maybe the general public doesn’t know but I sure do. He probably did it.

  2. Robert Bruner on February 8th, 2023 7:14 am


    Google the Innocence Project. PLENTLY of people are wrongly convicted every day. Plenty of innocent people have been executed. Imagine if you were wronglyfully accused of rape and arrested, are we to assume you must be guilty simply because you were arrested?? No.

  3. Autumn on February 7th, 2023 5:17 pm

    He was my advanced art teacher when I went to woodham middle school for 6th grade. He was always talking to the girls and had the boys sit anytime they came up to him. I thought it was weird then but didn’t think much of it. When I went to Beulah Middle he also went and I would go to his class then and he would do the same thing only talk to the girls but never did I think this would happen. Makes me not want to trust any of my teachers considering he was my favorite teacher I ever had.

  4. Bewildered on February 7th, 2023 11:26 am

    Robert Bruner I think like you do. It’s a „he said, she said“
    case! And after 3 years the facts will be very blurry

  5. April on February 7th, 2023 10:42 am

    My daughter had him as a teacher when she was in Beulah. She said the exact same thing.. he was rude to her and he definitely had his favorite students. She dropped out of art and decided to not go into advanced art because she couldn’t stand him as a teacher. Looking back now I should have put in a complaint on him for my daughters sake but to be honest it probably would have been overlooked. When she told me this story all she could say was “mommy I told you something was weird about him”.
    Not to mention This is the second teacher that has had this issue, while my daughters have gone to school. The last was the ferry pass teacher a few years ago that taught my oldest daughter. Shortly after then got caught with a student. What is going on? We need to be involved as much as we can for our children’s sake. Ask questions.. and be cautious! This has to stop

  6. Steve on February 7th, 2023 10:19 am

    “robert” In most cases when someone is arrested there is plenty of reason to do so. Very few people that are arrested are innocent.

    Yes out system seems to say you are guilty till proven otherwise. But rarely do arrested people prove innocent (this not matlock) but there is not enough evidence to convict through the eyes of a jury. OJ was 100% guilty of killing his wife and friend but through a convoluted defense he was let go. Same with that anthony girl, she killed her daughter but got away with it.

  7. Robert Bruner on February 7th, 2023 5:15 am

    Guilty until proven innocent according to a lot of people. Read your constitution for the first time and maybe you will change how you view how America works and not just what you “feel”.

  8. Shawn on February 6th, 2023 7:09 pm

    Just another way the Escambia county school board has failed our kids, I have brought up a situation about this teacher when my kid had him and nothing was done. Tim smith was made aware and did nothing for my child when confronted and email his office. Failure!

  9. Taylon on February 6th, 2023 3:19 pm


    Pretty sure Bill was only referring to mugshots not being released until proven guilty, not keeping people locked up. You know, because of false accusations, or the wrong person arrested, etc.

  10. SMH… on February 6th, 2023 12:39 pm

    It is so sad that we have these types of people who work with children because there’s something mentally wrong with someone who commit these crimes. I remember when my children were in middle school, they would come home complaining about one of their teachers who were doing this to one of the students. I dismissed it at the time because I didn’t want to believe it was happening, but they were adamant that it was true. I later came to believe it because that teacher ended up marrying her student when he graduated high school. I feel like if the kids knew what was going on, someone in authority had to know also, but chose to look the other way. She stole that child’s innocence and got away with it. The sad part is that she’s still married to her victim to this day.

  11. TB on February 6th, 2023 9:52 am

    This sounds like the same old story that’s been going on for years now, when a teacher is caught doing this to a student it was kept quiet and they were moved to another school where they continued doing the same thing, wonder where he’s going to teach next?

  12. DLo on February 6th, 2023 7:44 am

    Really Bill? You’d prefer it if every free citizen, accused of anything, would be locked in a cage until they can prove their innocence? I’m glad you weren’t in the room when they wrote the Constitution.

  13. k on February 6th, 2023 7:18 am

    i personally knew this teacher, he scared me a bit my 8th grade year. he was very rude and blunt with some students aside from his obvious favorites. he intimidated me so much i turned down advanced art classes and other offers because i was afraid to work in his classroom. aside from this, i had heard good things about him from other students and maybe i had just over- reacted. i can say though, i still never expected this and i know i’m not the only student who felt this way about him. it’s hard to put into words how disappointed and disgusted i feel.

  14. k on February 6th, 2023 12:36 am

    i use to have him back in 2018-2020 and it’s crazy to think this about him like everyone says they can’t see him doing this and i can’t he was very rude to me to the point where i had dropped out of his advanced art classes my 8th grade year,but this is wild. i think he’s mugshot should have been released to the public.

  15. K. on February 5th, 2023 8:18 pm

    I personally knew this teacher, he was my teacher long ago. I never would have expected this from him. I held him at a very high standard because he helped me and my classmates achieve beyond what we had thought we were capable of.
    I don’t even know where to begin to describe how heartbroken and disgusted I am.

  16. Paul on February 5th, 2023 4:14 pm

    It’s weird how child molesters are treated the same as cops & judges when they get arrested.

  17. Bill on February 5th, 2023 3:07 pm

    I’d rather nobody’s was released until they have their day in court but still what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  18. Vicky on February 5th, 2023 1:35 pm

    Yeah put them out there so the public will know who the u are and I agree if you put some mugshots in the public put them all

  19. Bill on February 5th, 2023 10:25 am

    They should either release everyone’s mugshot or nobody’s.

  20. RaD on February 5th, 2023 10:15 am

    Talk to and educate your kids. I can’t count the number of articles I have read on this website over the years like this one but I do remember a majority of them are not strangers but people in trusted positions in the child’s life; teachers, baby sitters, friends of the family, choir directors, ministers, boyfriends, girlfriends, step parents, , etc. In some cases, people the child have known their entire lives.

  21. steve on February 5th, 2023 8:43 am

    NAH… They post pics since he was just a teacher. Whats going on here.

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