Mount Dora High counselor accused of molesting student

Deputies say abuse happened in classroom


MOUNT DORA, Fla. – A Mount Dora High School counselor is accused of molesting a 15-year-old student on two separate occasions, according to the Lake County Sheriff"s Office.

The victim said that she would go to Jason William Roberts' office in the guidance area of the school and he would use his key to unlock a classroom used for testing and take her in there.

During the first incident, he lifted her dress and exposed himself to her, according to the arrest report.

Deputies said that during the second incident Roberts, 40, took the girl into a closet in the classroom and pulled up her skirt and got on top of her. Students entered the classroom as they were in the closet, the report said.

Roberts told the victim to adjust her clothing and remain quiet until the other students left, according to the affidavit.

The victim said the incidents happened between Jan. 16 and March 10.

During that time period, Roberts would text the victim then make her send him screenshots to prove she had deleted any potentially incriminating messages, deputies said.

Roberts told the girl he could go to jail for his actions.

The victim told deputies about the sexual abuse on Sept. 1 and Roberts was arrested Wednesday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 16 years old. 

News 6 has contacted Lake County Schools. This post will be updated with a response when it is received.

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