A 13-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted in a Florida elementary school teacher’s classroom. 30-year-old Davis Augustine Hodge Jr. is charged with four counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor. According to CBS News, Hodge is being held at the Miami-Dade County Jail.
Details about the case
The West Homestead K-8 Center in Miami was contacted by the parents of the claimed victim, which prompted police to launch their investigation. Davis Augustine Hodge Jr. and the alleged victim, who was 12 at the time, allegedly started texting and using Instagram direct messaging last October, according to an arrest document obtained by PEOPLE.
Furthermore, the document claims that the chats started off “as questions regarding school, and then they changed and developed into personal sexual talk.” According to the complaint, police claim Hodge subsequently “asked [the alleged victim] to start meeting him at his classroom on Friday afternoons after school. On these days Hodge was the chess club sponsor and asked [the alleged victim] to tell her parents she was staying after school for tutoring.”
According to the complaint, the victim “stated that she and Hodge are boyfriend/girlfriend because Hodge informed her this.” In addition, there were at least four occurrences involving sexual contact, according to the police.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools said in a statement that Hodge was expelled from the institution after the allegations became public.
According to a statement from the district, “Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply troubled by the disturbing allegations made against this individual. As soon as the claims surfaced, the employee was immediately removed from the school setting. After a thorough investigation by the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, this individual was subsequently arrested. Conduct such as the one he is accused of will not be tolerated. As such, the District has initiated employment termination proceedings, and will ensure the individual is precluded from seeking future employment with the District.”