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Police: Tamarac tutor accused of molesting student at public library says devil made him do it

Plantation police concerned that other kids may have been victimized

A sixth-grade teacher is accused of molesting a 12 year old while tutoring her at a local library.

PLANTATION, Fla. – Another South Florida teacher has been arrested accused of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor.

Plantation Police arrested Leslie Wolfe, 63, after reports that on Wednesday, Nov. 10, the sixth-grade teacher was conducting a private tutoring session with a 12-year-old child at the West Broward Regional Library when he molested her.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim’s mother called Wolfe about the accusations, at which time Wolfe “immediately began to apologize, stating that it was the devil that made him do it. Wolfe stated he contacted his church and was going to attempt to get help tomorrow in reference to the devil making him do these acts.”

Plantation police said Wolfe is a teacher at Bethlehem Junior Academy in Tamarac and also works as a private math and chemistry teacher. The girl was not a student at Bethlehem Junior Academy, according to the school.

Bethlehem Junior Academy had no comment when Local 10 News showed up at the school to asked them about the disturbing allegations. Parents who were at the school to pick up their children had no knowledge of the arrest.

Wolfe is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12 to 16 years old by an offender 18 years old or older and lewd and lascivious conduct by a person 18 years old or older.

Police are concerned that there may be other victims since Wolfe was a tutor of students of different ages and that he conducted tutoring sessions at multiple locations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Plantation Police Detective Miguel Lopez at (954) 797-2218.

Wolfe’s arrest is one of at least a half a dozen South Florida teachers who have individually been accused of crimes against students. Most recently, Miami-Dade Public Schools Police released a report that a Miami Lakes teacher was taken into custody Friday, Nov. 12. Jossie Calderon is accused of touching two female students on four different occasions.


About the Authors:

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.

Alex Finnie joined the Local 10 News team in May 2018. South Florida is home! She was raised in Miami and attended the Cushman School and New World School of the Arts for high school.