The officer was identified as 22-year-old Malcolm Curtis Tillman, who worked as a security guard at the Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Hillsborough County. Police were initially notified by the school about the incident on January 10 after the young girl reported the incident the same day to a staff member at the school and an investigation was immediately launched.
The young girl said that Tillman blindfolded her with a black jacket during the sexual assault. Tillman denied the allegation but then admitted that he had been alone with the 6-year-old in a classroom. Tillman said that he just wanted to check on the girl because he feared that she was suffering from neglect in her home. Police were able to find physical evidence in the classroom that supported the claims that the child made but had to run DNA test in order to corroborate the account that the child gave officers.
The DNA evidence was processed and officers determined that Tillman’s semen was located on the jacket which is when he was officially taken into custody. At this time, the incident remains under investigation.
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