SWEETWATER (CBSMiami) – New details have emerged about the Miami man accused of forcing an 11-year-old girl to have sex with him in her bedroom.
Luis Armando Quintero, who faces charges of sexual battery on a minor and two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child, worked as a camp counselor for the City of Sweetwater for several years at the Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center, city records show.
CBS4 News dug into Quintero’s personnel file.
It was discovered that as far back as 2008, Quintero worked as a summer camp counselor for the city. He is also listed as an after school counselor. And in 2012 he’s listed as the summer camp director, although city officials said Friday that they’re still working to verify that.
City officials also said that Quintero’s father – Luis Quintero – was the Parks and Recreation Director for the city during those years.
Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez said Quintero’s arrest, while apparently still wearing his city uniform as a maintenance worker, is an embarrassment. But the mayor said the city plans to reach out to each parent whose child came into contact with Quintero at the summer camps to make sure nothing bad happened to their children.
“We’re doing every effort to make sure that incidents like this did not happen and if they did happen, they come to light,” Lopez said. “It’s devastating for the city.”
The mayor told CBS4 News that during Quintero’s time at the city’s summer camps, one child alleged Quintero hit him with a toy hammer.
However, the mayor said the child was looked at by doctors and police, and the Department of Children and Families investigated and found no evidence of injury or a crime.
The city said once Quintero went to work for the city’s maintenance department.
One of his jobs was to take three prison inmates out on work release, trimming trees, picking up trash and doing other jobs. We’re told there were no allegations of improper behavior by Quintero.
The mayor told CBS 4 News that he hopes to retrieve the files with the names of all the summer camp kids and their parents next week. He said police detectives will then begin reaching out to those parents to see if their children had any problems with Quintero while at the camp.
As for Quintero, he is awaiting trial on charges of sexual battery on a minor and two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child.
Investigators said the incidents occurred in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and that Quintero admitted to the allegations.