FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – A Broward County middle school employee is under investigation over allegations that he had an inappropriate conversation with a 14-year-old student about sex.
The teen is also alleging that the employee — a campus monitor at William Dandy Middle School in Fort Lauderdale — propositioned her for sex earlier this year.
The employee — who we are not naming because he has not been charged with a crime — has been removed from his position at the school while the School District investigates him for alleged inappropriate conduct, according to a District spokesperson. The employee has been reassigned to a position away from children.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is also investigating the man. A search warrant reveals the department is investigating the employee for potential lewd and lascivious conduct.
In the warrant, the employee “admitted to openly talking about sex around (the 14-year-old student) and other children at school.”
According to the warrant, in late February or early March the school employee confiscated the student’s cell phone. The student said when she got her phone back she realized the employee downloaded three pictures of her in a bathing suit.
The student also told detectives that the employee “was trying to set her up with a threesome involving (the employee) and his girlfriend.”
The employee spoke to a police detective and admitted taking the student’s phone but said he only sent ring tones from it to his phone. He also told investigators he responded to several text messages but did not know who he was sending the messages to.
Parents picking their children up from William Dandy Middle School were disturbed by the news.
“If he was caught doing that or if he admitted to doing it, he shouldn’t be allowed to work around kids period,” Charles Lambert told CBS 4’s Carey Codd.
“Fourteen years old?” parent Lordeus Smith asked. “That’s kids. That’s kids. That’s not right.”
CBS4 News requested the School District evaluations of the employee. They show that he has worked for the District since at least 1997. He consistently received satisfactory ratings and was described as an asset to the school.
Detectives requested to search the cell phones of the employee and the student making the allegations. We do not know what investigators uncovered.