The headmaster at Kingdom Preparatory School in Auburndale was arrested on Tuesday and charged with molesting a young student. Along with serving as headmaster, 34-year-old Charles Aguon II also teaches seventh and eighth-grade classes at the school, coaches football, and serves as an associate pastor.
Sheriff's Office deputies began investigating Aguon on February 4 after receiving a report of possible child sexual abuse. Investigators interviewed the victim, who is between 12 and 16 years old. The boy told investigators that Aguon had kissed him and inappropriately touched him several times between November and December of 2018.
Deputies listened to a phone conversation between the victim and Aguon. During the call, investigators say Aguon apologized. He also admitted the inappropriate behavior to detectives.
Aguon was arrested at Kingdom Preparatory School on Tuesday. He has been charged with two counts of lewd molestation and is being held without bail in the Polk County Jail.
Authorities are concerned that there may be more victims and have encouraged parents and grandparents to talk to their kids and ask them questions.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard helps survivors of sexual violence find justice through civil lawsuits. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by school employees:
Sexual predators often hide in plain sight, placing themselves in positions of trust in our schools, churches, and youth organizations. Because of this tragic reality, schools must do all that they can to ensure that no predators are permitted to work for them and that the school environment is safe for students. When a school employee sexually abuses students, it's important to prosecute the abuser, provide the victims and other students and parents with the support they deserve, and to hold the school accountable if the abuse occurred due to negligence.
For example, a school might be considered negligent if they hired an employee without first running a background check, which could have revealed a history of sexual misconduct. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have a strong case for a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a survivor of child sexual abuse involving a school employee, we understand how difficult this time has been for your family and we want to help you find justice. To learn more about your family's legal options, get in touch with one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors attorneys for a free consultation.