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Lake Worth Middle School Teacher Richard Woolcock Accused of Molesting Student on Traveling Soccer Team

activity-ball-equipment-50713-300x200Middle school teacher and youth soccer coach Richard Woolcock of Royal Palm Beach was arrested earlier this week for allegedly molesting one of his players.

Woolcock, 33, is a teacher at Lake Worth Middle School. He is charged with lewd and lascivious behavior with a child and was ordered held on $20,000. He has since bailed out of jail. The press did not name an attorney for him.

According to the arrest report, the alleged incident occurred at a hotel in Altamonte Springs near Orlando earlier this month. Woolcock was traveling with a soccer team he coached. One of the players was reportedly laying in a bed with Woolcock to watch a show on Netflix.

The boy told investigators that he thinks of Woolcock as a “father figure” and that the coach is a “cuddler,” the report states. They were cuddling together in the bed and then Woolcock asked him if he wanted to go to sleep and the boy agreed. The player told investigators it wasn’t unusual because he had shared a bed with Woolcock at other travel events.

The victim purportedly awoke when Woolcock started touching his private parts, the police report said. The player was afraid, and he grabbed his teacher’s wrist and moved it away. He went to the bathroom to try and reach his friends and family members using his cell phone.

The alleged victim then left the hotel and walked to a nearby Waffle House. A waitress at the restaurant noticed the boy was crying and asked him if he was OK. The player purportedly told her what had happened, and the waitress called 911. Officers arrived a few minutes later. Woolcock reportedly refused to cooperate with them.

Parents received the following message from the Royal Palm Beach soccer league, according to WPTV:

“An incident had occurred this past weekend involving one of the coaches in our program. The coach has been suspended indefinitely by the RPB Soccer program, Florida Youth Soccer Association, US Youth Soccer Association and US Soccer Federation pending the outcome of the coach’s legal issues. At this time no other information is available. Please respect any ongoing law enforcement investigations and/or related legal proceedings. Thank you.”

A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County School District told news sources that the alleged victim was not a student at Lake Worth Middle School and that Woolcock has been removed from the school and won’t have any more contact with students.

According to news sources, Woolcock has worked as a teacher at four other schools: HL Johnson Elementary School, Whispering Pines Elementary School, Hidden Oaks Elementary School, and Watson B. Duncan Middle School. He was also a coach at Royal Palm Beach Community High School.

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Source: 5.21.19 Lake Worth middle school teacher molested player on traveling soccer team.pdf