This story was updated on May 23, 2018
TAMARAC (CBSMiami) — The case against a South Florida man, accused of a sex act with a minor, has been dismissed by prosecutors, according to court records.
The record states prosecutors declined the case in January 2018 without filing any charges.
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A math teacher is out of a job after being arrested on sex charges involving a 15-year-old.
Broward Sheriff detectives arrested Sheldon McDonald, who worked at Everest Charter School in Tamarac, on Thursday for an incident that reportedly happened back in October.
According to the BSO report, the 15-year-old victim said he was walking down the street in Lauderhill on October 21st when McDonald stopped and asked him if he wanted a ride and that ‘he needed a friend.’
The victim said yes to the ride but while McDonald was driving, he reportedly told the 15-year-old if he could perform oral sex on him and he would pay him some money in return.
The victim reportedly complied but once it was over McDonald said he did not have any money, gave him $20 and told him he could use his car, according to the deputy’s report.
From there, they went to McDonald’s apartment but the victim said he left after getting a call from his girlfriend and took McDonald’s car.
On Monday, Oct. 23rd, the victim was driving McDonald’s car when he was pulled over by police in Fort Lauderdale.
Police told the victim the car had been reported stolen, prompting the victim to tell the officer why he had the car, deputies said.
Investigators later got in touch with McDonald who said he knew the victim and that he was 20 years old. Investigators told him he was 15 years old, not 20.
McDonald said he had picked him up and they had oral sex but when they ended up in his apartment, he went to the bathroom, and when he came out he saw the victim driving away with his car.
Despite differing accounts, detectives said, McDonald admitted to performing oral sex on the teen and was arrested.
McDonald has since been charged with the sexual offense of promoting sexual activity of a victim less than 16 years old.
He faced a judge on Friday, was given a $5,000 bond and placed on house arrest until his criminal case is resolved.
The judge told McDonald when he is released from jail he can’t leave his home except for school and work, and must have no contact with the victim.
“Mr. McDonald has no priors. He is getting his PhD and Masters at FAU and has strong ties to the community,” said his Attorney Magda Janicki.
The principal at Everest middle school said when the arrest came to light they fired McDonald
An email was sent to parents informing them that McDonald was no longer an employee of Everest Charter School.