A teacher at Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami Lakes was arrested amid allegations that he inappropriately touched multiple female students.
Jossie Junior Calderon, 27, was arrested Friday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child 12-16 years old, two counts of offenses against students by authority figures, two counts of child abuse without great bodily harm, and one count of battery, an arrest report said.
According to the report, a 15-year-old student told her counselor that in October, during a chess club meeting, Calderon rubbed her lower back and buttocks inappropriately.
The girl said it was the second time Calderon had touched her inappropriately, and detailed a time in September when Calderon had touched her thighs and left his hand there for an extended period of time, the report said.
The report said video obtained from the school media center confirmed the girl's allegations.
A second victim, a 16-year-old student, also reported that she was molested by Calderon during a math tutoring class, the report said.
The girl said the incidents happened on two separate occasions while she was in his classroom earning extra credit for math, the report said.
Calderon was booked into jail and later posted bond. Attorney information wasn't available.
Officials with Miami-Dade County Public Schools said Calderon was originally employed in 2016 but left the District in 2017. He returned on August 25, 2021 and was employed on a probationary basis.
"Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) does not take lightly claims of impropriety involving employees. As soon as allegations were reported in this case, M-DCPS reassigned the probationary employee to a non-school site location and worked with Miami-Dade Schools Police to launch an investigation," the district said in a statement. "As a result of the arrest, the individual’s employment with the District has been terminated and he will be prevented from seeking future work with M-DCPS. The District will continue to train our workforce to emphasize the ethical and professional behavior that is expected of them."
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