Kevin Tindall, a resident of Summerfield, has been employed with the school district he since 2002 where he has worked as a music teacher at Belleview Elementary School. Mr. Tindall had a formal complaint filed by a student back in 2008 concerning inappropriate physical contact with students. In that case, investigators decided not to file charges. He was counseled about the appropriate ways to communicate with children and was handed a disciplinary letter from the school district about the incident in question.
On January 9th of this year, law enforcement officials received yet another complaint report in which a male student stated that he was inappropriately touched by the teacher.
The principal of the school spoke with deputies and told them that a student came to him and said that he felt uncomfortable in Tindall’s class because he touched his chest while he was standing in a line. The student said that he was a pain in his groin area when Tindall reached toward his groin but never touched him.
Another student came forward and said that Tindall hugged his arms and chest and made him feel uncomfortable as well. Tindall has since denied many of the accusations but apologized for making students feel uncomfortable.
The school resource officer and the principal went to Tindall’s classroom and removed him from the classroom immediately following the allegations.
He was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail with a $50k bond. Police continue their investigation into the matter at this time.
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