SARASOTA — A Sarasota middle school teacher was arrested Monday after police say he inappropriately touched children under age 16.
Maxwell Guss, 34, of Bradenton faces two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct by a person over 18. Guss is on administrative leave from Brookside Middle School, where he was a business teacher.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims.
During the 2017 school year, when Guss was an Algebra 1 teacher at Sarasota High, a student told detectives that Guss inappropriately touched her. However, the incident was never reported to law enforcement, according to detectives.
And then early this September, two students at Brookside Middle School told detectives that Guss inappropriately touched them.
In addition to Sarasota High, Guss previously taught in Manatee County at Harllee Middle School and Bayshore High School.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Angela Cox at (941) 263-6075 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.