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Broward County Teacher Vincent Grossi Accused of Inappropriate Relationship with Student

auditorium-benches-chairs-207691-300x214Broward County teacher Vincent Edward Grossi was arrested on May 1 on accusations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

Grossi, 54, faces one count of being an authority figure who solicited and engaged in a romantic relationship with a minor. He was ordered held on $5,000 bond and will be required to wear a GPS monitor if he is released from jail. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

According to a report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Grossi taught math at Cypress Bay High School in Weston. The accusation against him was made at the school, and he has reportedly been under investigation for some time.

Grossi allegedly began an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female student last October. The minor reportedly told investigators that the encounters would happen after class in Grossi’s classroom. She said Grossi kissed her five different times and grabbed her buttocks over her clothes on several occasions.

Grossi would purportedly talk to the victim about his children and two ex-wives, and he also allegedly took steps to improve the victim’s grades. The victim gave investigators cellphone footage that shows Grossi telling her she was the only girl he had kissed at school and that he would wait for her, the report said.

Grossi has been a teacher with the Broward County Public Schools since 1989. He has been reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation.

Another incident of sexual misconduct involving a public school employee was reported in Miami-Dade last month. Victor Brantley was arrested on April 9 on accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Brantley, 45, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery, transmitting child pornography, and using a computer service to arrange travel to meet a minor. He was released on $35,000 bond. News sources did not name an attorney for him.

According to the police report, Brantley worked as an IT specialist at South Dade Senior High School. He met the alleged 15-year-old victim through the gay dating app “Grindr” early in April. He reportedly gave the teen his Kik messenger username, and the two talked about sex and exchanged nude photos.

The relationship got physical during the weekend before Brantley’s arrest. He allegedly picked up the teen from his home and took him to his house, where they had sex, police said. It is unclear how investigators discovered Branley’s relationship with the teen.

Brantley has worked with Miami-Dade Public Schools for 25 years. The school district has reportedly fired him.

“The allegations against this individual are inexcusable and shameful,” a school district spokesperson said in a statement. “Employees are routinely familiarized with School Board policy and kept apprised of any updates—especially where employee-student interactions are concerned. In line with our zero-tolerance guiding principles against inappropriate behavior with students, the district has initiated employment termination proceedings. This employee will also be prevented from seeking future employment with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.”

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Source: 5.2.19 Broward county teacher accused of having inappropriate relationship with minor.pdf

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