Volusia County substitute teacher accused of molesting student

Abuse happened when suspect offered to help victim with homework, deputies say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A substitute teacher is accused of molesting a 15-year-old student he offered to help with homework and deputies said there could be more victims, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the victim, who is a high school student, told a school resource officer on Sept. 27 that David Lee Davis, 62, had abused him between the months of April and September.

Davis met the victim when the boy was in middle school last year and during the period of abuse, he invited the victim to his home to help with homework, a news release said.

Deputies said they also found messages between Davis and the victim.

"I was so good seeing you today. That is the best you have looked. That is your style you keep it. Short hair, natural look, you are the picture of a handsome young man. Stay that way," Davis messaged the victim, according to the affidavit.

Davis was arrested Wednesday on a charge of lewd or lascivious battery on a victim under the age of 16.

Records show that Davis ran for Volusia County supervisor of elections in 2016, but lost that race.

Volusia County Public School officials said Davis worked as a substitute teacher at the following schools:

  • Spruce Creek High
  • New Smyrna Beach High
  • Atlantic High
  • Seabreeze High
  • University High
  • Creekside Middle
  • Silver Sands Middle
  • Ormond Beach Middle
  • David C. Hinson Middle
  • New Smyrna Beach Middle

Deputies are asking the public's help in identifying any other potential victims. Anyone with information about Davis is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Child Exploitation Unit at 386-323-3574.