South Florida swim instructor accused of molesting 2 more girls

Daniel Diaz-Mejia, 20, remains in jail without bond

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A South Florida swim instructor is facing two more counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under the age of 12 after two 7-year-old girls and their mothers came forward with more accusations against the man.

According to his arrest reports, the victims told their mothers that Daniel Diaz-Mejia, 20, of Cutler Bay, placed his hand under their bathing suits and touched their vaginas during swimming lessons at the Helen Sands community pool at 16350 SW 280th St.

Diaz-Mejia was initially arrested July 16 on suspicion of doing the same thing to two 9-year-old girls at the same pool.

Authorities said he admitted to those allegations after being taken into custody and added that he had molested two additional girls, ages 7 and 8.

The mother of the 8-year-old child came forward to detectives shortly after Diaz-Mejia's arrest. 

Police said the mother of another girl contacted the Special Victims Bureau later on in the investigation and told detectives that her 7-year-old was also molested by the swimming instructor.

Diaz-Mejia, who now faces five counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under the age of 12, is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center without bond.

"As soon as Miami-Dade Parks became aware of the situation, the employee was immediately terminated," Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department spokeswoman Laura Phillips said. "While this is a police matter and we cannot comment on an active investigation, there is no tolerance for this behavior in our facilities. The safety and security of children is our top priority."

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