Former school custodian arrested
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida mother says a school custodian should have been terminated a long time ago for his inappropriate comments to her daughter.
Jacqueline Eafford's 12-year-old daughter is not showing her face on camera but said a custodian at Liberty City Elementary School, where she was a fifth grade student last year, should have been arrested for the inappropriate comments he made to her.
"He just came to the table where I was eating and said, 'Do you remember me?' And I was like, 'No.' And then a couple of days later he told me, 'Don't you know that you're so fine?'" she said. "And I didn't say anything, and that's when he kept watching me around the cafeteria, and then one day, I was in lunch, and he said, 'I want you,' and I just walked off and he said, 'Did you hear me?'"
Eafford said 45-year-old Samuel Woodside would say inappropriate things to her daughter. According to Eafford, her daughter was scared to go to school. "Two weeks after that incident, my daughter came to me saying, 'Mommy I'm scared to go to school because Mr. Woodside keeps watching me and keeps looking at me,'" she said.
The 12-year-old reported the incident to the school, but according to the school board officials, "The school received a complaint in December. They conducted an administrative review and there was no probable cause found."
The girl said the school did not do anything. "He just kept working there," she said.
This past weekend, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said, over the summer, Woodside had been chatting on the Internet with someone he believed was a 14-year-old girl from Louisiana. "Earlier in the week, he purchased a bus ticket for her on the Greyhound bus line and believed that she would be getting off that bus today," said Special Agent Bob Breedan.
The 14-year-old girl was an undercover officer. Woodside was arrested.
Breedan said Woodside had special plans for the girl he believed to be from Louisiana. "He intended to use her to make money by prostituting her in the South Florida area," he said.
Eafford said she wonders what could have happened if nothing would have been done. "There could have been other children that could have been affected by this but scared to come forward," said Eafford.
Woodside has since resigned from the job. Although Woodside has resigned, school officials said they were going to ask for him to be terminated anyway. He faces several charges including human trafficking and computer pornography.
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