Camp counselor and school teacher Christopher Lawrence Falzone of Davie, Florida was arrested on August 13 for allegedly molesting a girl who attended the summer camp where he works.
Falzone, 35, is being charged with lewd and lascivious molestation. He was ordered held on $25,000 bond and is prohibited from having contact with the victim or any other minor if he bonds out of jail. It is unclear if he has acquired legal representation.
According to the arrest report, Falzone met the victim, whose age is redacted in the report, while at Camp Live Oak between June 11 and August 3. The girl’s mother called the police after she overheard her daughter talking to a “grown man” on the phone. Falzone’s name was listed as the caller on the phone’s Facebook Messenger app.
When she asked her daughter if he had touched her inappropriately, the girl reportedly started to cry and said, “yes.” She said that Falzone fondled her on more than a dozen occasions during camp field trips. They also talked on the phone and sent each other texts via Facebook.
During an interview on August 7, the girl told detectives that she broke her arm at camp and could not go swimming with the other campers, so Falzone sat with her and caressed her while everyone else was at the beach. The girl said she continued communicating with Falzone after camp.
Falzone allegedly messaged the girl one last time on August 3. He apologized for ending their relationship and told her he was told to stay away and that she “did NOTHING wrong and neither did I,” according to the report.
Falzone reportedly told the girl that he loved her, verbally and in messages. He admitted it when questioned by investigators after his arrest, but said he didn’t recall touching her.
Camp Live Oak has locations in Dania Beach and Fort Lauderdale. It is the only camp in Broward County that is accredited by the American Camp Association. Ken Evans, executive director of Camp Live Oak, is reportedly cooperating with authorities.
“Our commitment to the safety of our campers, staff and surrounding community is our highest priority and chief objective,” Evans said in a statement. “We have a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate misconduct within, or peripherally related to, our organization.”
Falzone worked as a substitute teacher for Broward County Public Schools from October 2008 to October 2013. He currently teaches the third grade at Renaissance Charter School at Cooper City.
“We have been made aware of allegations and the arrest of one of our teachers regarding activities that occurred over the summer at a summer camp,” Renaissance Charter School spokeswoman Colleen Reynold told the press. “Our highest priority is the safety and security of our students, and the employee is on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”
According to another police report, Falzone was under investigation in June 2013 for allegedly inappropriately touching at least four female students at an elementary school in Hollywood. He was not formally charged in the case.
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