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Teacher faces student with 5 sexual battery charges in 2017 Broward case

MIRAMAR, Fla. – A former teacher and athletic director at Everglades High School in Broward County is accused of sexual harassment in a case involving a former student.

Carlos Menendez, 48, has been held without bail at Broward County Main Jail since May 27. According to records, the arresting authority was the Sunrise Police Department.

According to the warrant, Menendez was the subject of local, state, and federal investigations. He was teaching in Delaware when a former student at Miramar volunteered.

The victim first filed a report on Dec. 10, 2020, saying she had three pregnancy scares with Menendez as a teenager because he chose not to wear condoms.

Menendez is also said to have threatened to kill herself if she reported the statutory rape to authorities.

She said the first and second sex acts happened in Menendez’s vehicle in early 2017, police said. The three other sexual acts were located in a closet in Menendez’s office at school, in the gymnasium, and in a classroom, according to the warrant.

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She told a detective she saw multiple inappropriate text messages between Menendez and a student at Cypress Bay High School, where he worked, after graduating from Everglades High School.

The 2017 victim said the other Cypress Bay High School student sent him selfies and that Menendez sent her love songs.

The 2017 victim later changed her mind about pursuing the case. Menendez reportedly had an attorney who contacted her after she made the initial report in 2020.

It took her about five years to agree to speak to authorities again.

The FBI and Miramar Police Department were investigating her allegations of victim manipulation.

The victim showed incriminating WhatsApp messages to a Miramar detective. Officials had already witnessed a confirmation call to the same phone number from Menendez.

Menendez faces five charges of sexual assault by a person in the Board of Supervisors against a victim over the age of 12 and under the age of 18.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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