LEE COUNTY, Fla - The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested a 66-year-old tutor at Villas Elementary School Wednesday, after a student reported he had sexually assaulted her.
Gregory Lancaster faces charges of sexual assault on a victim under 12, lewd and lascivious behavior, and distributing obscene material to a minor.
The victim was interviewed by the Children's Advocacy Center where she said Lancaster had been her tutor since February of 2013. He allegedly showed her pornography involving adults, children and bestiality. She said that he touched her inappropriately and masturbated in front of her, among other things. Lancaster reportedly begged her not to call the police and threatened her.
A medical examination of the victim revealed no evidence of sexual abuse.
Detectives interviewed Lancaster, but their discussion was redacted from his arrest report. Following their conversation, Lancaster was arrested for the crime.
In the arrest report, the child told deputies she was attacked in a room at the school. In fact, she says Lancaster closed the door, and blocked the door. So we asked officials, why was this allowed to happen?
School district officials told WINK News that although someone from the district is always on campus when an outsider is there with a child, they don't necessarily need to be in the room.
"We have protocols and safeguards in place for that, this was not our employee. not our service, this was an outside vendor," said Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham.
That decision is decided by the outside company, in this case, alternatives unlimited, and the parent themselves.
"Parents have choices. and it is entirely up to the parents to decide whether they allow their children to be on campus, after hours with an outside tutor," said Graham.
The company is contracted by the school, but *must* have the seal of approval from the state.
This means an extensive background check must be done.
Lancaster turned up clean.
"We do the very best we can to protect every child in this case, we've learned even a background check doesn't tell the whole story," said Graham.
The school is reviewing is policies after the incident.
"The whole situation is surprising to me. It's unfortunate, it's surprising," said Graham.
We reached out to Alternatives Unlimited, they promised us a statement. We have not heard anything back.
The company does not have a contract with the school this year. That was decided before the incident.