Sunday, April 22, 2018
Public safety

Eisenhower Middle School teacher charged with molesting girl in 2014

TAMPA — An Eisenhower Middle School teacher has been arrested and charged with molesting a girl two years ago, before he was employed as a teacher, authorities said.

Amett Jared Santiago, 26, admitted to a witness that he inappropriately touched the girl while he was caring for her Oct. 11, 2014, but didn't give many more details, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The incident happened before Santiago started working as a teacher and the girl was not one of his students, deputies said.

Santiago, of Ruskin, was arrested Sunday and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child. He was released Monday after posting $50,000 bail.

Santiago started working for the Hillsborough County School District in August 2015 and was a 7th grade reading teacher during that time, said district spokeswoman Tanya Arja. He resigned after his arrest, Arja said.

She said Eisenhower Middle principal Johan VonAncken is notifying parents about Santiago's arrest.

Investigators do not suspect that Santiago victimized any students, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristal Nunez said.

Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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