LARGO — A faculty member at Clearwater Central Catholic High School was arrested Sunday and charged with felony lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to an arrest report.
Geoffrey Alan Kledzik, 43, of Largo has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to Frank Murphy, spokesman for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Murphy said it is the first disciplinary action against Kledzik, who has worked at the school for about five years, and that there is no reason to believe any CCC students are at risk.
Murphy said Kledzik is director of student activities at CCC.
The school's website lists him as campus ministry coordinator.
According to an arrest affidavit, Kledzik was seen masturbating in his Crown Victoria on Gandy Beach at around 3:20 p.m. Sunday, "in the presence of several witnesses, where children were present but did not see the incident."
Kledzik sped away from the area, going the wrong way on Gandy Boulevard, and was pulled over by deputies for erratic driving, but was not cited then, according to reports.
He was arrested on the lewd and lascivious exhibition charge Sunday evening at his home.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Kledzik denied the accusation.
He told investigators he was looking for a place to grade school papers and was just changing into his swimsuit when beachgoers began yelling at him.
He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday after posting $10,000 bail.