Math Teacher Jose Zepeda Accused of Touching 12-Year-Old Student, Showing Off His "Bulge"

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Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Police say Jose Zepeda was trying to show his "bulge" to a 12-year-old student in his math class.
Jose Zepeda, a 38-year-old math teacher at a Key Largo school, turned himself in to police today after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a battery charge.

That battery allegedly included regularly putting his hands on the thighs of a 12-year-old female student and, on one occasion, trying to get her to notice the "bulge" in his pants, police say.

Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Becky Herrin says the girl told detectives that Zepeda would have her sit next to his desk during class to help her with the math material she was having trouble with.

The girl told police that Zepeda would put his hand on her thigh on several occasions throughout the school year but told detectives that on May 9, Zepeda moved his hand up her thigh until it was close to her groin area, and she pushed his hand away, Herrin says.

The girl told cops that the next day, Zepeda put his hand on her thigh again, then looked down at his crotch, police say.

When Zepeda looked back at the girl, then back at his crotch, the girl told detectives that's when she noticed "a bulge in his pants," according to police.

That's when the girl stopped going to the class and ended up telling her sister about the incident -- who ended up telling her parents, who ended up calling the Department of Children and Families.

During an interview, Herrin says Zepeda told a detective he touched the girl's leg "many times" but denied that his touching was sexual in nature.

Three other students in the class interviewed by the detective said they saw Zepeda touch the girl's leg too, Herrin says.

Zepeda turned himself in on the battery charge today and has since been released after posting $1,000 bond.


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WorriedBoutYall
WorriedBoutYall

The guy shouldn't have been touching a young girls leg in the first place, then there would be no issue. He admitted to that.What if the victim were your daughter? Think about it. Your use of such language directed at a child is regretful at best. Just because you know the accused you want to discredit the vicitm. Shameful display.

Todaydylanischillin
Todaydylanischillin

I don't think he did it she's retarded and z would Neva do that he was always nice

Beckyharrington08
Beckyharrington08

I read the article http://keysnews.com/node/34532 She wasn't allowed to go on the safety patrol trip because of her grades and was probably upset. She had a language barrier and probably had no friends.Her home life sucks and she got no attention. It seems as though this little girl is loving this. She is probably ecstatic that she doesn't have to go to school. She's receiving all the attention she never got before and probably feels that she's getting back at Mr. Zepeda for not getting the grade she wanted. Just sad she ruined a man's career who actually was just trying to help her out!

SaraPp
SaraPp

Actually I have no relation to him. I just think it's disgusting for someone to accuse someone else of something so terrible. A 12 year old knows better!  I quote the Key's Noter: "This isn't the first incident of alleged abuse the girl, from Cuban, reported to investigators.According to Madnick's report, she recalled being a 3-year-old at a day-care center in Cuba when an 80-year-old man allegedly groped her genitals.Another incident she reported allegedly involved an older man exposing himself to her. "Her father found the person and beat him up and the person was arrested," Madnick wrote. Just funny how this is not the first time she has "cried wolf" and yet this is the first time he has ever been accused of anything like this! You do the math. She's a screwed up child who wants attention!

lawrence_ignatius
lawrence_ignatius

This is a 12-year-old, and apparently there are other witnesses to his behavior. Trashing a kid is disgusting. Sounds like some relative of this dude is trying to defend him by dragging a little girl through the mud.

Bungamama26
Bungamama26

Psycho little cuban girl that has accused others of doing this before....obviously her home life is not great. Why is it that this girl has claims of abuse since she was 3 years old? What has happened to her that she has to continuosly accuse people of this. This is a good teacher...that would never do anything to jeopordize his career. Her home life should be investigated and she needs to be seen by a psychologist...she's a psychotic little girl that I have no doubt will accuse many more innocent people of this.

Sarapp
Sarapp

First of all Jose is an amazing person and teacher. He would do anything for his students. This little psycho bitch is lying to herself and just wants attention. She has already claimed to be abused before. If she was seen by a licensed therapist they would see that she has serious issues. Makes me sick!

Scretch
Scretch

Isn't he sexy. *puke*

BonnyGibson
BonnyGibson

Ok, yeah If my daughter was wrongly accusing people I would be ashamed and feel terrible that she ruined a man's career. Do you have children? If you're trying to help your child with their homework and you held their leg to make them stop. I know I have. Does that make you a child abuser? Do you hug other children than your own? I have, does that make me a child abuser? Think about it. You're thinking that touching someones leg is sexual but if you think about it it's not. I think what this child is doing is wrong and shameful. She's not a victim. She's a girl who wants attention and ruining lives in the process. 

Sarapp
Sarapp

Also, did you see how many times she changed her story. People think that just because she is young that we need to believe her automatically. If you worked so hard at your job and absolutely loved what you did and someone was trying to take that away from you, wouldn't you be upset. They blasted you over the internet and the news and everyone automatically accused you, wouldn't you be upset. Let's think about this. Yes I know there are sick people out there who enjoy touching little kids. Buth then again there are a lot of sick children out there who are mad at that the fact that they're not receiving enough attention at home so they make up lies. Children do it all the time!

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

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WorriedBoutYall
WorriedBoutYall

if your a grown man your shouldnt be touching a 12 yr old girls thigh. They teach you that when your going to school to be a teacher, and common sense should apply as well. this guy wouldnt be in this situation if he would have just kept his hands of her thigh.

I know i wouldnt want a teacher touching my kids thigh like that "many times" or even once.

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