Lakeland, FL (January 21, 2019) – Police arrested a fifth-grade teacher from Colorado Springs in Lakeland on Thursday for suspicion of lewd behavior in the park. The teacher was identified as Kyle Gilliam, who had his hands in his pants when he approached and grabbed an undercover detective’s groin.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office reported that Kyle Gilliam who has been identified as an elementary school teacher at Taylor Elementary School in Colorado Springs and another man were arrested on Thursday, January 17th after they received several complaints about lewd acts that were taking place at parks inside the county.
Kyle Gilliam was arrested and charged with battery after he grabbed the undercover police officer's private parts. A spokeswoman with the school district said that Gilliam has been placed on leave.
Police say that the incident occurred at the Gator Creek Reserve which is a popular hiking spot with picnic areas for families. Police say that families have the right to enjoy these beautiful spaces without worrying about seeing lewd activity.
Around the same time as Gilliam’s arrest, another man was arrested on similar charges nearby.
Lakeland Lewd Behavior Laws
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