A Miami-Dade track and field coach was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly touching his students in an inappropriate manner.
Carlos Maymi, 32, faces charges of battery and offenses against students by an authority figure. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to Miami-Dade police, the accused was a coach at St. Brendan High School in Southwest Miami-Dade and at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.
He is accused of grabbing a St. Brendan student on “both of [the victim’s] buttocks,” according to the arrest report. The report adds that he tried to kiss the victim and continued his attempts even though the victim resisted. The accused coach is also accused of similar behavior against another St. Brendan student he was coaching between July and August 2019.
“The defendant was in a position of a caretaker and of authority when he intentionally touched the victim’s buttocks against her will,” the arrest report said.
The Archdiocese of Miami immediately reported the allegations by the St. Brendan students to the Department of Children and Families. The coach was placed on administrative leave before he was fired the next day.
A representative for St. Thomas University told the press that the coach no longer worked with the university as of August 2019.
Cases of inappropriate sexual behavior by a person in a position of authority against a minor aren’t uncommon in South Florida. Earlier this month, a Pembroke Pines middle school teacher and football coach was arrested for allegedly texting and soliciting a student. Leverick Ladarius Johnson, 26, faces charges of sexual battery by a custodian, cruelty towards a child, solicitation, and obscene communication with a minor. Attorney information wasn’t available at the time of writing.
According to the arrest report, the accused was a teacher at Somerset Academy. He is accused of sending inappropriate texts to a 13-year-old female student from September to October 2019. He allegedly asked the student to send him pictures, questioned her about her sexual experience, and told her they should smoke cannabis together, the report said.
The accused also purportedly asked the victim to meet him in an area of Somerset Academy without CCTV cameras to perform oral sex on him. He told her to keep their relationship secret more than once in their correspondence, the report said.
The victim told police that she never engaged in sexual activity with the accused, but he did touch her buttocks while she was leaving his classroom once.
Somerset Academy released a statement saying that the accused coach was fired and the school is fully cooperating with police in the investigation.
Police believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone whose child might have been inappropriately touched by the accused to contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department.
Sexual battery on a child by a person with custodial authority is a serious offense with severe penalties. In cases like this, it is important for the defendant to hire an experienced attorney who can guide them through the criminal justice system and help them obtain the best outcome.
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