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More bad news for FAMU: Child, 8, molested in bathroom of FAMU K-12 school this year by former student, FDLE says

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As students swarmed his mansion in protest late Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott said there was another reason he wanted university officials to suspend FAMU President James Ammons, but he couldn't say it.

This appears to be it: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested in October an 18-year-old Alabama student on charges of molesting an 8-year-old student of FAMU Developmental Research School. The man arrested, Ralph Monroe, graduated from the school, according to the report.

A FAMU DRS teacher notified FAMU police in May when she noticed the child "disrupt his trip to the bathroom." 

As the teacher questioned the child, "he pointed to Monroe and said that if he goes in the bathroom, Monroe will hurt him," the report states.

An officer interviewed the child in May, "which in summary revealed that he had been molested by Ralph Monroe."

In July, FAMU asked FDLE to assist with a forensic interview. In August, Monroe started classes at Stillman College in Alabama, the report states, on a football scholarship.

Monroe was arrested in October by the FDLE inspector in Alabama on two charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 12.

A reporter asked Scott to describe the other factor during a media availability Friday and he would not. FDLE released its report about an hour after Scott's availability.

Neither FAMU nor the governor's press office offered an immediate statement. Scott is meeting with Ammons and former state Sen. Al Lawson at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

This story is developing.

[Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2011 10:14am]

    

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