A Florida teacher — who also took on babysitting gigs — has been arrested and is facing charges after he allegedly solicited online to have sex with a 2-year-old child.
Not only did he arrange sex, but he traveled to meet with the child.
Xavier Donte Alexander, who appeared in court Friday, is accused of violating a state statute known as the “Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.” Authorities have not released details of their allegations, but they said the man was seeking to engage in sexual acts with a minor and traveled to meet with the toddler.
Alexander, 27, works as a fourth-grade teacher at Grove Park Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. He is also listed as a babysitter on Care.com and other nanny websites, the agency said in a news release Thursday.
Care.com called the allegations “frightening and truly disturbing.”
“Upon learning of this arrest, we promptly removed this person’s profile and notified families with whom he had been in contact with that he is no longer on our platform,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to the Daily News.
“We have proactively reached out to local law enforcement and stand ready to assist in their investigation,” the official said, adding that every caregiver listed on the platform has completed a background check.
The Palm Beach County school district, meanwhile, said Alexander has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. District officials added that the crimes he’s accused of committing did not take place on school property and did not involve their students.
“The District is shocked and appalled by the nature of the crimes for which Alexander was arrested,” officials said in a statement shared with local media.
The suspect was arrested Thursday and is being held on a $1 million bond until his next court appearance, jail records show.
The sheriff’s office urged anyone who might suspect their child was a victim to contact the agency.
We’re disturbed on so many levels. Even with ‘background checks,’ you never know what foul things people are up to in their spare time. Be careful you let around yourselves — and your children!