LIGHTHOUSE POINT (CBSMiami) – A second-year teacher at Zion Lutheran Christian School was arrested Wednesday after he was found partially naked in the backseat of a car with a 14-year-old student.
Lighthouse Point Police said Eric Beasley, 24, admitted that he had performed oral sex on the girl and that he was the girl’s 9th grade biology teacher at the school. After he was arrested, police said Beasley admitted to multiple sexual encounters with the girl starting in February and running through Wednesday.
Beasley gave detectives permission to search his cell phone and during the search, police found a picture of a penis and then a video of a man masturbating, both of which were sent to the victim’s cell phone. Lighthouse Point Police said the picture and video were of him.
Police also said that Beasley engaged in “inappropriate behavior” with the victim during school hours at Zion Lutheran Christian School.
Parents of students at the school say they have been told Lighthouse Point Police will be on campus Thursday to interview students who had Mr. Beasley for Biology and Science classes.
“That’s a shame because this is a very nice school, a very nice school,” said parent Beverly Majors.
“It’s kind of traumatizing but you hear that kind of stuff everyday. Hopefully he’s innocent,” said a parent who identified himself as Josh.
Beasley was charged with nine counts of sexual battery by a custodian with the victim being under eighteen but over twelve.
The Headmaster at Zion Lutheran, Philippe Dupont, said Beasley is on unpaid administrative leave and that the primary goal is that students are psychologically and physical safe. Dupont said he alerted parents of the arrest and will keep them updated through email list blasts.
Beasley has already bonded out of Broward County Jail but could not be reached for comment.
The court did not have record of which attorney will be representing Beasley.
Zion Lutheran Christian School declined to be interviewed by CBS4 on the advice of their attorney.