Teacher accused of fondling students multiple times

November 18th, 2010 by Staff

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A married Polk County teacher is behind bars after two of his female students came forward claiming to have been molested in the classroom at Frostproof Middle Senior High School and even after church.

The first victim told police that in May of this year, James Wilson, 35, called her to his desk and pinched her bottom with his hand. The victim also stated that this past summer, he took her to church a couple times and when they were alone in his vehicle, Wilson would reach over, grab the front of her shirt and try to expose the student’s breasts. The victim said she walked out of the car.

The victim mentioned two other instances of the suspect rubbing the victim’s bottom. On the most recent occasion, October 17, he reportedly stated, “Ok, that will do for now,” after fondling the student.

The student said she didn’t know what to say when her teacher touched her, and that it was against her will.

The second student, who also attends Frostproof told authorities that Wilson called her over to his desk ad touched her thigh during the first week of school in September, rubbing it from top to bottom. She said she told him to stop, but he called her to his desk to repeat the same actions on three separate occasions. She also stated that he would run his hand across her chest.

During a recorded conversation on Tuesday set up with authorities, the first student asked if Wilson was sure no one had seen him touching her bottom. Wilson replied, saying he was sure no one had seen the incident.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said it seemed as if he knew he was being investigated when Wilson asked if anyone questioned her. The victim said no and Wilson warned that she may be asked details, so he instructed her not to tell anyone that they were alone and to deny that the allegations made against him were true.

On Wednesday morning, Wilson was interviewed by a detective and admitted to the things he reportedly told his student not to tell, including being alone in the car with her after church. Wilson then admitted to touching one of the victims on the buttocks, but he couldn’t recall if he touched the other one, saying if he did, it was a mistake.

The detective interviewing Wilson believed there was probable cause that he’d molested the students and he was charged with four counts of battery, touch or strike.

Wilson is currently in jail.

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