Married teacher's aide, 45, who 'groomed 11-year-old student for sex' is found shot dead in apparent suicide A former teacher's aid arrested in July for allegedly trying to have sex with an 11-year-old boy was discovered dead in her apartment with a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. Alecia Dotson, 45, was discovered dead by the authorities at her residence at 217 Windsor Street just after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning when Lakeland Fire Rescue was responding to a fire in the same apartment complex, reports The Tampa Tribune. A 75-year-old woman was rescued from the condominium and treated at the scene before being released. Firefighters found the body of Dotson while checking in on neighboring units. In July, Dotson was arrested after allegedly bringing strawberry lubricant to a Florida movie theater so she could have sex with her 11-year-old 'crush' in what turned out to be a sting. http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/12/14/02/2F5A189700000578-3358779-image-a-6_1450058857737.jpg +4 Accused of child abuse: Alecia Dotson (pictured in her mug shot) was arrested in July after allegedly bringing strawberry lubricant to a movie theater so she could have sex with an 11-year-old boy in what turned out to be a sting +4 Found dead: Alecia Dotson, 45, was discovered dead by the authorities at her residence at 217 Windsor Street just after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning when Lakeland Fire Rescue was responding to a fire in the same apartment complex. her death is an apparent suicide Dotson was reportedly contacted by detectives pretending to be the boy, whom she nicknamed 'love bug', after they discovered more than 100 sexually explicit texts between the pair. The officials arranged to meet Dotson - who taught the child at Highland Grove Elementary School - at Lakeland's Cinemark Movie Theater for what Dotson allegedly believed would be a sex session. On the way to the theater on Tuesday, the suspect, who has at least four children of her own, stopped at Spencer's at Lakeland Mall and bought a bottle of warming lubricant, police said. She then took the strawberry-flavored substance into the cinema, it is alleged. However, instead of being met by the unidentified fifth-grader, she was confronted by cops and arrested at the scene. Dotson was charged with attempted sexual battery on a child under the age of 12, using a computer device to solicit a child, and other related charges, according toWTSP. She was also suspended from Highland Grove Elementary School without pay, the Orlando Sentinel reported. As a 'paraprofessional', she was earning an annual salary of $13,870 there. According to police, the boy's mother first discovered her son's 'inappropriate' relationship with the teacher's aide on Sunday after scrolling through his text messages from the last school year. http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/07/01/22/2A2766CE00000578-3146446-image-a-12_1435786704799.jpg +4 Married: Dotson, 45, (seen with a man believed to be her husband) was reportedly contacted by detectives, pretending to be her 'crush', after they discovered more than 100 sexually explicit texts between the pair She was horrified to find dozens of graphic and sexually explicit messages from Dotson to the boy, it is alleged. She immediately called the police and the Special Victims Unit began an investigation. 'There were approximately 100 text messages sent back and forth between the two,' said Police Sgt. Gary Gross, adding that Dotson had text the child on Sunday, asking to take him to the library. While the detectives were at the boy's home, Dotson allegedly sent a text to the youngster, reading: 'Love bug what are you doing... I'll be sure to tell her we won't have sex on the first visit…LOL.' On Tuesday, she sent another one: 'Are you awake love bug?', it is said. It was then that detectives started texting her back, pretending to be the boy, and set up the sting at the cinema in the mall. +4 School: Dotson met the boy while working as an aide at Highland Grove Elementary School (above) in Florida In an interview with police, Dotson reportedly told officers her relationship with the young student had grown from a 'mentorship' to a 'crush' and a 'romantic relationship'. Jason Geary, acting senior coordinator of media relations for Polk County School District, told the Sentinel that Dotson, who acquired her job last year, did not have any past black marks on her file. On her Facebook page, the aide is listed as 'married', Her last post features a photo of herself with her children. Alongside the image, she wrote: 'My family....love having my babies together again!' Meanwhile, her profile picture is of her and a man believed to be her husband.