PLANTATION (CBSMiami/AP) — With promises of gifts, cash and even a trip to Walt Disney World, a worker at a Plantation after school program is accused of recruiting young teen boys for sex.
Police began their investigation into Roosevelt Miller, 20, on March 8 after a 13-year-old student told someone at Plantation Middle School that Miller sent him inappropriate messages. Two other 14-year-old boys came forward days later.
Miller reportedly tricked the students into writing their names and phone numbers on a list if they were interested in playing sports. The boys said Miller then sent them messages on the mobile app KIK.
One of the boys said that Miller sent him a message on KIK that asked if he was gay. He said Miller texted him that he thought he was “sexy” and said he would give him money and “spoil him” in exchange for oral sex, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
One of the 14-year-olds reportedly told police that Miller offered him $300 in he would touch his genitals.
CBS4’s Joan Murray spoke to one student who came in contact with Miller.
“First he tried to tempt us with money and prizes,” the student said.
The student told Murray that he was approached by Miller when he was just 13.
“During the time he started, like, coming onto us in a wrong kind of way, like, asking us can he touch us in a sexual way,” the student explained.
The student said he reported Miller to a security guard.
“I knew that we had to get him out of school as fast as we could because he could put other people in danger,” he said.
Miller’s guardian said, over the phone, she didn’t believe the charges.
“I don’t believe it. He’s a good person. Never been in trouble. He’s church going,” she said.
A Broward County Public Schools District spokesperson released a statement regarding Miller’s arrest. It read:
“Broward County Public Schools takes all matters concerning student safety very seriously. The individual arrested is not a Broward County Public Schools employee. Upon becoming aware of the allegations, the school’s leadership immediately contacted law enforcement and followed all proper protocols. The District’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has been cooperating with and continues to cooperate with federal and local law enforcement authorities regarding the investigation. Again, the individual arrested is not a Broward County Public Schools employee. The individual was contracted/employed by the after-care program provider.”
Miller, who was arrested last week, is due in federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.
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