PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – A 28-year-old elementary school teacher has been arrested for soliciting a two-year-old for sex and traveling to meet the toddler, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators learned that the suspect also advertised his babysitting services on the popular website Care.com, and said there may be more victims.
Xavier Donte Alexander was arrested Thursday and appeared in court this morning. He has been ordered held on $1 million bond. The next court action is scheduled for May 27, according to the Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts records.
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) April 2, 2021
Alexander has been a fourth-grade teacher at the school for about six months, according to his LinkedIn account. The same account says that Alexander has worked for the school since 2012.
Alexander is charged with two felony counts of obscene communication, one for using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child; and a second for traveling to meet after use of a computer to lure a child.
Detectives with the sheriff’s department’s Special Victims Unit believe there could be additional victims in the case.
Authorities believe their may be more victims of 27-year old Xavier Donte Alexander, a 4th grade teacher at an elementary school in Palm Beach Gardens who is accused of trying to lure a 2-year old child. https://t.co/avb3KZlt3J
— WIOD (@WIOD) April 2, 2021
Sheriff’s Department Detective Malory Wildove is asking anyone with information about other victims to call 561-688-4079 or email her at [email protected] People with information can also contact Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477.
The Palm Beach County School District released a statement saying it is working with detectives:
“The District is shocked and appalled by the nature of the crimes for which Alexander was arrested.
While the crimes that Alexander is accused of committing did not occur on school property, and did not involve District students, Grove Park administrators reached out to parents of students in Alexander’s class immediately after learning of his arrest.
The District is also offering families support services.
“He will not be returning to the School District as a teacher, or in any other capacity, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.”
The school district also said that Alexander will face a professional standards investigation, and that he will not be permitted to return to the district as a teacher or “in any other capacity,” pending the outcome of the case.
4th Grade Palm Beach Gardens teacher arrested for traveling to solicit a two-year-old#PalmBeachGardens #Florida #FloridaMan #PalmBeachCounty #SVU #SolicitationofaMinor #GroveParkElementarySchool #BadTeachers #Educationhttps://t.co/7GBwB13cEk
— Richard D. Webster (@rdwebster) April 2, 2021
The sheriff’s department and the court clerk did not immediately release further details. The department normally waits for the county court clerk to post the arresting deputy’s report online, which happens after the defendant’s initial court appearance.
Alexander is being represented by the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office, which has not commented on the case.
Florida 4th grade teacher arrested and chargedhttps://t.co/uoHSy6e6hm
— P😠😠😠edOff (@KrystynaWisson) April 2, 2021
Through investigation, detectives determined that in addition to being an elementary school teacher, Alexander is a listed babysitter on Care.com and other nanny websites.
On Care.com, Alexander wrote that he has been working with children for over ten years in schools, children’s ministries, and kid’s clubs.
He said he was open to taking care of up to three children at a time, ranging from seven months to seven years old. He indicated he would also watch older children.
Florida Department of Education records show that Alexander has no disciplinary actions on his teaching license prior to his arrest. A check of Alexander’s prior record in Palm Beach County shows three previous traffic citations and no criminal arrests.
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Florida man arrested for stabbing a person who was asking for food at KFC
March 6, 2021
FORT. LAUDERDALE, FL – According to police, a 27-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly beating and stabbing a man who was asking for food inside of a KFC in Ft. Lauderdale on February 24th.
Florida man begging for food at KFC stabbed by customer, police say https://t.co/korGO2Elfo
— Writer4wrongs (@writer4wrongs) February 28, 2021
According to reports, an unidentified male victim had entered a KFC restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale at around noon on February 24th, and had approached 27-year-old Branden Dion Pearson, asking Pearson for some food.
Pearson had reportedly refused to give the man food, and allegedly began to berate the man thereafter. Both Pearson and the man were said to have began insulting each other back and forth – and the situation then allegedly escalated into a fist fight.
An employee inside of the KFC reportedly injected themselves into the situation, getting Pearson and the man separated from each other. However, the man who’d asked for food earlier was said to have picked up rocks in the parking lot and began throwing them at Pearson.
Pearson then allegedly walked outside of the KFC and shoved the man to the ground, at which point the man was said to have tried kicking Pearson.
Police say that Pearson then produced a knife and stabbed the man in the head, thereafter walking back inside of the KFC to wait for police to arrive.
Apparently Pearson was seemingly cooperative with police, allegedly telling authorities that he’d stabbed the victim due to him reportedly throwing rocks at him earlier.
The latest reports on the incident state that the stabbing victim was treated at a nearby hospital. As for Pearson, he’s reportedly being held on a $50,000 bond at the Broward County jail.
In other recent incidents coming from Florida, a 74-year-old man was reportedly found dead in a pond on a golf course on February 28th. Authorities suspect that the man drowned while trying to retrieve a lost golf ball in the water.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office dive team had located the body of Hermilo Jazmines inside of a pond at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, according to officials.
Florida man drowns while searching for lost golf ball, authorities say https://t.co/Gv0TRdn2Y7
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) March 1, 2021
Apparently, Jazmines was out golfing with a friend on February 28th at the country club, when the deceased had hit their ball into the water on the course’s third hole.
The last time that Jazmines was ever seen alive was while he was searching for his ball near the water.
Prior to authorities discovering his body, authorities honed in on the pond where Jazmines’ putter laid next to – not far from the path where his golf cart was still parked.
Jazmines’ body was said to have been submerged in the water near that location.
As of this time, authorities have no reason to suspect that there was any foul play, as the evidence indicates that Jazmines’ death was the result of an unfortunate accident.
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