What to Know
- Robert Grant, 29, was arrested on lewd and lascivious molestation charges in 2017.
- Grant is a former custodian and assistant sports coach at Coral Springs Middle School.
A former custodian and assistant sports coach at Coral Springs Middle School claimed his innocence Tuesday from allegations that he molested several teen boys on campus back in 2017.
Robert Grant, 29, was arrested on lewd and lascivious molestation charges in 2017 after a 15-year-old boy claimed Grant sexually assaulted him at the school. More charges were added when a second boy came forward with similar allegations.
One of his accusers, who is now a junior in high school, told jurors last week that he was fondled nearly a dozen times. Grant is also accused of performing oral sex and for also inappropriately touching at least two more teen boys.
Grant denied molesting the boys and performing oral sex and told jurors that all of the allegations are false.
The defense also played Grant's three-hour statement from the Coral Springs Police Department, in which he denies the claims against him 17 times.
A former student athlete also testified in favor of Grant, saying that he was "cool with people at school." His mother also told the court that Grant spent a lot of time at their house and described him as "honest and trustworthy."
On the prosecution side, surveillance video is also a key component to the case, with investigators saying footage showed Grant and one of the teens in the school on a night when the campus was closed.
Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday.
Grant had previously rejected a plea deal and could face life in prison if convicted.