According to Local10, a teacher has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a student while teaching at West Homestead K-8 Center located at 1550 SW 6th St, Homestead, FL 33030.
On January 6, 2023, police began investigating sexual abuse allegations after the alleged victim's parents contacted the K-8 center. The victim, who was 12 at the time of the abuse, began texting and using social media to communicate with her 30-year-old science teacher, Davis Augustine Hodge Jr. The conversations began as questions about school but quickly became personal, including conversations of a sexual nature. The affidavit states that Hodge would even ask the victim to meet him at his classroom some afternoons and to tell her parents that she was staying after for tutoring. On at least four occasions, the meetings included sexual contact alleged by the victim.
Hodges was arrested and faces four counts of engaging in a sexual act with a child. Miami-Dade County Public Schools releases a statement that they have begun employment termination proceedings.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard advocates for victims sexually abused by a school teacher in the state of Florida. As an experienced sex abuse attorney, he files lawsuits for school sex abuse victims and their families to help them get the justice they deserve.
"For every parent, it can be difficult to think about the potential for sexual abuse between students and teachers in a school. Unfortunately, it is a reality, and schools have a duty to do all they can to protect their students from this kind of harm. When it comes to protecting students from sexual abuse in schools, administrators need to take proactive steps to create a safe environment. This means educating staff and students on identifying signs of abuse and developing strategies for responding to reports of abuse. It is also necessary to conduct background checks on all staff members and ensure security sweeps and cameras are functional."
"No student should ever have to suffer from sexual abuse, and it is the responsibility of schools to ensure that students are kept safe from preventable dangers. If the school or district failed to ensure their security was enforced, the victim and their families may have grounds to file a lawsuit. They can explore their legal right to file a civil lawsuit by speaking with an experienced sex abuse attorney. The attorney can identify all liable parties and help victims get the justice they rightfully deserve."