A Coral Springs man is behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
According to police, Robert Grant, 27, was a former flag football coach and he helped the victim with physical therapy, football and served as a mentor to the victim. Police said Grant established a bond of trust with the victim’s mother.
Grant is a custodian for Coral Springs Middle School and would serve as assistant coach in various school sports and served as a chaperone on field trips.
"He used to come to the classrooms and speak to the kids, so I guess a lot of kids like him and he was very well known," Marybeth Molina, a parent, said.
Police said Grant drove to Coral Springs Middle School on Saturday to help the victim with his Algebra homework.
Once they finished the Algebra homework, Grant allegedly instructed the victim to lie on the floor so that he could stretch him. That’s when police said Grant sexually assaulted the teenager.
The victim told police that Grant assaulted him several times after that. The victim said he was afraid to say anything because he didn’t know what Grant would do next and was in fear that Grant would kidnap him if he tried to stop him.
Police arrested Grant on Tuesday. Grant told police that he was on campus, helped the victim and assisted him with physical therapy activities. However, he denied all sexual allegations.
"He was actually my coach and I’ve seen him stretch other people and I feel like he did not do it, even though there are allegations against him I feel like he did not molest that child," Angelo Medrano, a student, said.
Grant is facing 11 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He’s being held on $100,000 bond.
"I always think someone is innocent until proven guilty," Wendy Sheppard, a parent, said.
The news of the arrest has caused concern among parents.
"You know, we are trusting our teachers and I like this school. My son and my daughter both go to this school. It’s really shocking," another parent identified as George said.