Christian School Teacher Accused Of Molesting Student

December 2nd, 2010 by Staff

LEESBURG, Fla. — A popular music teacher at a Leesburg Christian school has been fired after police said he had a two-month long sexual relationship with a student.

According to a police report, 40-year-old Thomas Frisbie had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. The molestation allegedly occurred during school hours. The relationship only came to light after Frisbie and the student were caught on surveillance video making out in a church, the report shows.

On Nov. 2, a church employee found surveillance video inside the sanctuary showed Frisbie sharing a “passionate kiss” with the student, police said. That employee alerted his supervisor, who then told First Academy school administrators.

Administrator Gregory Frescoln said after learning about the relationship, he immediately fired Frisbie and called officials at the Florida Department of Children and Families.

DCF and police interviewed the 15-year-old and Frisbie. The police report stated the relationship included “kissing, hugging and touching all over” but they never had intercourse because “they didn’t have enough time” or were afraid of getting caught.

“It would take everything in me to not want to go hunting,” said First Baptist church member Steve Brown, who is also a parent. “The initial knee-jerk reaction would be hang him from the highest tree. She’s still a child. She still thinks like a child. This guy is obviously an adult and he should know better.”

He and other parents wonder how someone could desecrate a “safe place” for children.

“The Bible calls it an abomination,” said Brown.

The victim told police the relationship began one month after Frisbie’s wife died. At the time, condolences for the popular teacher spread across Facebook.

“He’s a very loved man, and it’s a shame,” said Frescoln.

According to the report, Frisbie said of his relationship with the girl, “This may sound crazy, but it didn’t seem inappropriate.”

Roughly 300 children attend First Academy, but the principal said he thinks the relationship was an isolated incident. Frescoln went on to say that Frisbie started at the school in 2006 and passed a background check.

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