Saturday, November 17, 2018
Public safety

Hernando Sheriff: Automotive teacher arrested on misdemeanor battery charge

SPRING HILL — A Hernando County teacher was arrested last week on a charge of misdemeanor battery after deputies said he was accused of inappropriately touching an adult education student.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Kevin Thomas Moglia, an auto mechanics instructor at Nature Coast Technical High School, touched a 19-year-old male student on Nov. 6. Deputies reviewed classroom surveillance video on Nov. 30, and arrested Moglia, 61.

According to the arrest report, the student told deputies that after the incident he immediately started yelling and left the classroom to tell school administrators what happened. He also said he was offended by Moglia’s actions.

Later that day, the victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office, according to the report. Surveillance video confirmed his claims, deputies said. Moglia later told deputies he intended to apologize but never had the chance.

When asked Tuesday why the school did not report the incident to law enforcement, Nature Coast principal Toni-Ann Noyes declined to comment to the Tampa Bay Times. The Hernando County School District also declined to comment, noting the ongoing investigation.

Moglia has been the auto mechanics teacher at Nature Coast since March 2006 and before that served as a substitute in Hernando County in 2004. He has no criminal history in Florida, records show.

He was booked into the Hernando County jail and released on Dec. 1 after posting $500 bond, jail records show. According to school district spokesperson Karen Jordan, Moglia is now "working at the district office doing different office tasks until the investigation is fully resolved."

Times senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Megan Reeves at [email protected] Follow @mareevs.

Comments
Sheriff: Pasco teacher filmed student undressing, arrested on voyeurism charge

Sheriff: Pasco teacher filmed student undressing, arrested on voyeurism charge

Deputies said Fivay High School teacher Thomas Kovack admitted to recording a 17-year-old student as she changed her shirt.
Updated: 1 minute ago
Plant City police: Fleeing driver kills man as he walks to work

Plant City police: Fleeing driver kills man as he walks to work

The driver is in custody, but the fugitive who sparked Friday’s deadly incident is still being sought.
Updated: 12 hours ago
Pinellas deputies investigating death at Clearwater home

Pinellas deputies investigating death at Clearwater home

Deputies responded to a deceased person call about 9:30 p.m. Thursday at 1506 Meadow Dale Drive in unincorporated Clearwater.
Published: 11/16/18
Police didn’t think man was seriously injured in Pinellas Park crash. Hours later, he died.

Police didn’t think man was seriously injured in Pinellas Park crash. Hours later, he died.

A Seminole man died after he struck a traffic pole in Pinellas Park on Thursday morning.
Published: 11/16/18

DCF: No mistakes in case of 4-year-old girl whose mother drowned her

A review of the child protective investigation of the mother of Je'Hyrah Daniels says there was no evidence to show the girl was at risk of harm before her death.
Published: 11/16/18
Dragster driver Katarina Moller, 24, killed in crash at Sebring raceway

Dragster driver Katarina Moller, 24, killed in crash at Sebring raceway

24-year-old driver Katarina Moller of Sarasota died Thursday night. She was a popular racer at local short tracks and a jet dragster driver for Larsen Motorsports, according to track officials.
Published: 11/16/18
Hernando commissioner cuts deal on prostitution-related charges, walks away with a clean record and a $729 bill

Hernando commissioner cuts deal on prostitution-related charges, walks away with a clean record and a $729 bill

Nick Nicholson says he'll try to get his commission seat back.
Published: 11/16/18
Firefighters discover three murder victims in burning Tampa house

Firefighters discover three murder victims in burning Tampa house

Deputies are looking for a man caught on surveillance video carrying gas can outside the house. The bodies were found Thursday by firefighters.
Published: 11/16/18
White supremacist gang members in Tampa Bay charged in gun, drug ring

White supremacist gang members in Tampa Bay charged in gun, drug ring

Investigators say the suspects are connected to the Unforgiven and United Aryan Brotherhood gangs.
Published: 11/16/18
Review places no blame on child welfare system in fatal dog attack on Clearwater infant

Review places no blame on child welfare system in fatal dog attack on Clearwater infant

A review of 7-month-old Khloe Williams' contact with the child welfare system provides new details on her path to foster care and the tragic dog attack that killed her.
Published: 11/16/18