Middle school teacher gives teens alcohol at Pompano Beach park, deputies say

David Stokes teaches history at Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - A South Florida middle school teacher was arrested last week after deputies said they found two intoxicated teenagers in his car at a Pompano Beach park after it had closed.

David Stokes, 45, of North Lauderdale, was arrested Friday on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and trespassing on a beach or park after hours.

Stokes is listed as a history teacher on the website for Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit, deputies found Stokes and the 16-year-old children in a Honda Accord that was parked inside the closed park at 100 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

"Both juveniles were visibly intoxicated … with slurred speech and were unbalanced on their feet," the report said.

The teens told deputies that Stokes picked them up at their homes, unbeknownst to their parents, and gave them alcohol. One of the teens claimed to have taken 24 cough drops bought by Stokes to enhance intoxication.

Deputies didn't say whether the teens were boys or girls.

Local 10 News attempted to contact the Broward County school district for comment, but schools were closed Thursday for Rosh Hashanah.

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