Sheriff's Office: 13 children accuse ex-teacher in East Naples of molestation or sexual battery
Child molestation and battery accusations against a former East Naples teacher date back at least three years and include 13 children, according to an arrest report from the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
Hector Manley, 30, who was a second-grade teacher at Parkside Elementary School, faces 14 charges related to an investigation by the Special Crimes Bureau Sexual Exploitation Division. He turned himself in Thursday.
The arrest report obtained Friday refers to children identified by numbers and initials. The children told investigators about Manley touching them inappropriately during school hours or at soccer practice, the report states.
In one incident, a student was eager to show Manley she earned 400 reading points and while she was at Manley's desk, he touched her under her shirt and bra, the arrest report states.
Another child told detectives Manley reached over her shoulder and touched her breasts in the school cafeteria and at soccer practice, the arrest report states.
During an interview at the Collier County Children's Advocacy Center, one child who is now in fourth grade said Manley inappropriately touched her when she was in first grade, the arrest report says.
One middle school student told detectives Manley friend-requested her through Snapchat when she was a student in fourth grade at Parkside and molested her when she was in fifth grade, the report states.
Manley was hired in 2015 as a second-grade teacher. He also was the soccer coach of some of the children referred to in the report but was not a coach at the school.
Collier deputies arrested him March 1 on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12. He was released on a $60,000 bond but turned himself in at the Collier County Jail after being charged with 10 additional counts this week, according to the arrest report.
Previous coverage: Parkside Elementary teacher arrested on multiple sex charges
Manley now faces 12 charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12. He also faces two charges of sexual battery on a child younger than 12.
"The District was first made aware of these allegations on Thursday, February 28, 2019," spokesman Chad Oliver wrote in an email. "Upon learning of the allegations, CCPS immediately removed Hector Manley from the school. The District is fully cooperating with the Collier County Sheriff's Office on this matter."
Collier County Public Schools fired Manley on Tuesday after his first arrest.
A letter from district Superintendent Kamela Patton states Manley failed to honor the school's principles and "lost the trust of the school community."
The letter also states Manley's misconduct threatened the health, safety and well-being of the students in the East Naples school.
Before being hired as a teacher, Manley worked at Subway and Target, his personnel file shows.
"The victims are currently receiving child protective counseling services coordinated through the Sheriff’s Office, and we will provide support services as needed," Oliver said.
This is a six-month review of the most-read crime stories in Collier County on naplesnews.com from September 2018 to February 2019. Vonna Keomanyvong, email@example.com; 239-213-5380