Band volunteer at Miami-Dade high school fondled 17-year-old student, police say

She took pictures of his hand down her pants, arrest report states

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A band volunteer at a Miami-Dade high school inappropriately touched a 17-year-old student during school hours, leading to his arrest Wednesday, according to police.

Miami-Dade police said the incident happened last Thursday afternoon at Miami Carol City Senior High School, located at 3301 NW 183rd St. in Miami Gardens.

According to an arrest report, the victim told police that she went into the school’s band room by herself because she wasn’t feeling well.

Police said a short time later, Malachi Cheeseborough came in to check on her.

The report states that Cheeseborough, 24, began rubbing the girl’s thighs and slid his hand through one of the leg holes of her short tights before fondling her genitals. The girl took pictures of his hand inside of her pants, police said.

Police arrested Cheeseborough on a charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

He was being held in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on $7,500, but bonded out Thursday night.

The Miami-Dade school district later released a statement regarding Cheeseborough’s arrest:

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply troubled by the disturbing allegations made against this individual. Miami-Dade County Police was the first entity notified and has launched a thorough investigation of this behavior. Conduct such as the one he is accused of will not be tolerated. As such, the District will ensure this individual is precluded from having contact with any students.”

MDCPS spokesperson

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the suspect’s age.

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