FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida school district fired a teacher shortly after a law enforcement report released on Monday saying he was offering to pay for a father’s motel room if he could sexually assault the man’s 2 year old daughter.
Xavier Alexander, a fourth-grade teacher at Grove Park Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens, has been fired, the Palm Beach County School District said in a statement. Alexander, 27, also advertised himself on websites as a babysitter, investigators said.
The dismissal came hours after an arrest report from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office outlining his case against Alexander was released by the courts.
According to the report, a 39-year-old father posted a Craigslist ad on March 26 saying he was looking for someone to divide up a motel room for a few days while waiting to move into his new home. He noted in the ad that he had a 2 year old daughter. “No weirdos or drugs please,” the man added.
The man quickly received texts from an unknown messenger who finally asked, “Will I ever be alone with your daughter?” When told no, the messenger replied that he would go elsewhere. The father contacted the sheriff’s office.
The deputies, after reading the texts, pretended to be the father and replied that the messenger could be alone with the daughter if he paid for two nights in the motel room.
The father and the messenger finally agreed to meet at the motel on Thursday, with the messenger bringing in $ 200.
Detectives said they arrested Alexander when he arrived at the door with a condom hidden in his shoe. They say Alexander admitted to sending the texts, saying he had a sex addiction. He denied ever having assaulted a child before.
Alexander is being held on $ 1 million bail at the Palm Beach County Jail. Palm Beach County Public Defender Carey Haughwout, whose office defends Alexander, said his office is not commenting on the pending cases in adult chat rooms.
The school district provides counseling for Alexander’s students and their families.