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CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) — It’s a view of Robert Grant that students have never seen of him — in a jail uniform, in court, and accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy he mentored and used to coach.
“They’re supposed to be in a role in a juvenile’s life to provide guidance and support and help them, molding them into adulthood,” said Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek. “And here this person took advantage of this juvenile who had trusted him, trusted him as a coach, trusted him as a mentor.”
Grant, 27, worked as a custodian at Coral Springs Middle School. He was also an assistant coach and mentor. The teen accusing him said on Saturday, Grant picked him up at home and planned to help him with algebra.
“The suspect did bring the juvenile over to the school,” said Sgt. Kmiotek. “While they were there after hours, brought him inside the school gymnasium and proceeded to commit the sexual acts on the juvenile within the school grounds for a period of time.”
The allegations have shocked those who knew him.
“I don’t believe it,” said Kimberly Dixon, a former student at Coral Springs Middle.
She knew him as “the coach around school” and the guy who talked to students about mentoring. Just like her mom, she has a hard time believing what Grant has been charged with.
“Knowing Robert personally, this is not something Robert would do,” said Dixon.
“This man was very good,” said Donna Bailey. “He was a very good assistant coach, no problems. Seven years and wow, that’s unbelievable.”
Investigators say the teen told them Grant found ways to touch him inappropriately in the past as well, but nothing as serious as last Saturday. In all, he faces 10 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child and one count of sexual assault.
In bond court Wednesday morning, a judge set a $100,000 bond on the 10 lewd and lascivious charges, but denied bond for the sexual assault.
Officials said Grant regularly volunteered to chaperone school field trips and he has been with the district since 2010.