Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 21, 2019) – A teacher at the St. Thomas Aquinas High School has been arrested for allegedly touching a 15-year-old student in a lewd manner.
64-year-old Patrick Fox O’Dea was arrested after he touched and rubbed the side of a girl’s breast over her clothing at the high school where he was teaching. The incident took place during school hours when the teen was speaking to another student. O’Dea suddenly grabbed her by the arm and began to rub his fingers alongside her clothing and left breast.
O’Dea spoke with police and claimed that, in his 26 years of working at the school, he has never been accused of a crime like this. He said he would never jeopardize his career. Three weeks ago, he was fired from the school after being placed on administrative leave.
O’Dea also claimed that he would have never done such a thing and that there were 20 students in the room who could have witnessed the event. He said that, when he was trying to get the attention of a student, he would tap them on the shoulder.
O’Dea is now facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation.
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