BSO: Teacher Found With Intoxicated Teens In Car At Closed Park

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A teacher is in trouble after deputies found him in a closed park with two intoxicated teens in his car.

Broward deputies say they found David Stokes, 45, of North Lauderdale, just before 3 a.m. in a closed Pompano Beach park on September 15th.

He was reportedly in his Black Honda Accord and in the company of two teenagers – both 16-years-old.

Deputies say the teens were intoxicated, had slurred speech and could not stay balanced.

The teens told authorities Stokes had picked them up at their homes without their parents’ knowledge.

At some point in the night, they said Stokes gave the them alcohol.

One of the teens had even taken 24 Triple C cough pills that Stokes had reportedly bought them to “create an intoxicating effect,” according to the BSO report.

Deputies arrested Stokes on charges of trespassing and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Stokes has been teaching history at Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs. Broward County Public Schools says Stokes has been placed on an administrative reassignment, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Parents told CBS4’s Joan Murray they received a vague email letting them know that Stokes was no longer teaching.

They describe the accusations as ‘scary’ and disturbing.

“It’s a trust problem. Everything is wrong with that picture,” said Jim Diener whose daughter attends Ramblewood Middle School.

“It’s a little surprising. My son had him as a teacher. He was well-liked,” said parent Renzo Rodriguez.

No one wanted to comment at Stokes’ North Lauderdale home.

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