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Groveland, Florida’s Keith Moulton teaches intensive math, accused of sexually battering a boy

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Keith R. Moulton, 35, of Groveland, Lake County, Florida, United States taught at Lake Academy in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida from 2018 to 2021. He is now a first-year teacher who teaches intensive math at Oak Park Middle School in Leesburg, Lake County.

On April 23, 2022, a boy older than 12 but younger than 18 was in Moulton’s house in Groveland with another male adult. While the boy was using the restroom in the house, the teacher allegedly walked in and tried to touch the boy’s penis.

According to the boy, he managed to slap Moulton’s hand away. The boy also said he was able to force the teacher out of the bathroom and lock the door.

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Later that day, Moulton allegedly told the boy that he needed to talk to him then took the boy into the bedroom. At the time, the other adult was outside working on a car.

In the bedroom, Moulton allegedly pushed the boy down then the teacher allegedly put his penis into the boy’s mouth against the boy’s will. According to the boy, he did not tell the other adult he was with at the time because he did not want the adult to get into a fight with Moulton.

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On April 25, 2022, the boy told a school resource officer about the alleged sexual battery. The boy was taken to the Child Advocacy Center where he was questioned by a forensic interviewer.

Moulton claimed that his penis accidentally brushed up against the boy’s mouth while they were wrestling but denied trying to touch the boy in the bathroom. The teacher was arrested by Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with sexual battery on a boy older than 12 but younger than 18.

The school district is recommending Moulton’s termination. It will be discussed by the school board on May 23, 2022.

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