Palm Bay police: Teaching assistant touched boy inappropriately
Man met 14-year-old though counseling program
A former counselor at CHANGES Youth and Family Services, who is also a teaching assistant at Discovery Elementary in Palm Bay, was arrested after police said he admitted inappropriately touching a 14-year-old boy he was mentoring.
David Melbourne Lindsay, a 45-year-old Jamaican citizen, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Palm Bay on charges of lewd or lascivious molestation, a second-degree felony.
Police said Lindsay met the boy through a counseling program. The two remained friends after the boy finished the program, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.
The boy told police that while he was on Christmas break, he stayed overnight at Lindsay’s home on Southwest Harbison Avenue in Palm Bay, where the two were lying in Lindsay’s bed, watching a movie on his laptop. The boy told police he closed his eyes and thought Lindsay assumed he was asleep. He felt Lindsay inappropriately touch him, police said.
The boy said he didn’t know what to do, so he started to move like he was waking up and Lindsay quickly removed his hand, according to police. Lindsay told the boy it was getting late and he should move to the spare bedroom, where the boy went and cried, police said.
The boy’s mother asked him why he no longer wanted to spend time with Lindsay, according to police. He didn’t want to tell her, but it bothered him so much he wrote her a letter, explaining what happened.
According to police, detectives on Tuesday monitored a conversation between Lindsay and the boy in which Lindsay admitted the act.
Lindsay was fired from CHANGES Youth and Family Services as a result of complaints filed by the boy’s family, according to Palm Bay police spokesperson Yvonne Martinez. He was still employed by the school district as of Tuesday, she said.
Anyone with tips regarding Lindsay is urged to call Palm Bay Police at 321-952-3539 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.