CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) - A Coral Springs Middle School employee was arrested and faces accusations of molesting a teenager.
Coral Springs Police said 27-year-old Robert Quincey Grant was in bond court, Wednesday, facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation on a 15-year-old boy.
A judge has denied Grant bond and also ordered that he have no contact with the victim or any minor.
School district officials have confirmed that Grant is not a teacher and was recently assigned to the middle school. He has since been reassigned away from students.
According to an arrest report, Grant is a custodian at Coral Springs Middle School, while also serving as an assistant coach in various sports for both boys and girls.
“He’s like the assistant coach for football,” said student Alessandro Herrera. “He was nice to everyone, and he was the last person I expected to do this. It comes out in a surprise.”
The arrest report added Grant met the victim through flag football, becoming a mentor to the boy. When the victim was no longer a student at Coral Springs Middle School, both regularly interacted.
On Saturday, Grant drove the victim to school to help tutor him, the arrest report stated. Only two people were at the school and, after the victim finished his homework, they went into the gym to stretch.
Surveillance video from the middle school confirms that Grant and the boy were on campus, Saturday night.
During the stretches, Grant reportedly performed oral sex on the boy.
“These middle schools, high schools, the kids are so impressionable, and they put their trust in these people, and they take advantage, and that’s the sad situation,” said parent Roberta Carey.
The victim later told his mother about the incident, and Grant was arrested at the school Tuesday. Grant confirmed he was at the school with the boy but denied all sexual allegations.
The victim told police that, over the summertime, Grant would check on an old injury he had near his groin. On numerous occasions, the victim said, Grant fondled him.
News of the arrest came as a shock to those in the community.
“I think we need to vet the teachers more or something,” Carey said. “We need more accountability in the schools — these are our kids, this is our future, and we put our trust in these schools to take care of our kids and when we have these teachers that are taking advantage of them, it’s just a sad situation.”
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“My daughter actually texted me while she was in school. He was one of her favorite custodians, and he would come into the classrooms and talk to the students and things like that. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s crazy,'” said parent Mary Beth Molina. “You never know. You can’t trust anybody.”
Because Grant was in a supervisory role, he faces a very serious charge, and for that reason, he was denied bond.