UPDATE: Private tutor charged with sexually assaulting child at Villas Elementary
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A private math tutor has been charged with sexually assaulting a student at Villas Elementary in Fort Myers.
66-year-old Gregory Lancaster was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual assault with a victim under the age of 12, lewd and lascivious behavior and distributing obscene materials to a minor.
Lancaster's neighbor, Frank Bove, describes him as a smart but quiet individual. Bove, a professor and past Lee County tutor, said he even got Lancaster his first tutoring job.
"In talking just in general about what I did, he was interested... he's retired and said maybe I could tutor like you do," Bove said. "He liked it, you know, the fact that he could help students, that's what he told me."
The victim told investigators that Lancaster was hired to tutor her in math beginning in February 2013. The allegations came to the attention of law enforcement on Wednesday.
The victim says Lancaster showed her pornographic videos and pictures, some including sex with animals. The victim also told investigators that Lancaster masturbated in front of her, touched her breasts and vagina.
The victim told authorities tutoring sessions usually took places in the counselor's office inside the school, except during testing when they moved into a room without windows. Lancaster allegedly put a chair behind a door and began assaulting the victim.
"We have a very brave young lady who's come forward to share a really unfortunate incident," said Dr. Nancy Graham, Lee County School District Superintendent. "We do the very best we can to protect every child and in this case we've learned that even a background screending doesn't tell the whole story."
The Lee County School District says Lancaster was employed by a company called Alternatives Unlimited. Though all tutors must undergo background checks, some parents told Fox 4 they wish more was done.
"I think there should be psychological evaluations," said parent Amber Smith.