Malcolm Curtis Tillman, a 22-year-old security officer from Tampa who works at Booker T. Washington Elementary School was arrested last Wednesday (January 23) and was charged with sexual battery after it was proved that he sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl in the game room. The authorities said that he blindfolded the student first, before proceeding with his activities. Investigators received evidence of his DNA from the forensics that supported the allegations made by the young girl. As reported by Tampa Bay Times, Tillman was hired on the job on July 1, 2018, last year, as said by the school district spokesman. The school was required to boost their security staff after under a new state mandate to station a guardian at every elementary school.
The six-year-old did not keep quiet about the incident. She reported to the investigators that Tillman took her out of the classroom and into the game room on January 10. He made the girl sit down on a chair and then proceeded to tie her hands behind her back, according to an arrest report and a search warrant affidavit filed in the case. The affidavit also says that Tillman told the little girl that he was going to take care of her and everything would be alright before he covered the girl’s eyes and nose with a black jacket.
The documents suggest that he “told (her) not to be scared,” after covering her eyes with the jacket and then went on to sexually assault her. After the assault when the girl took off the jacket and opened her eyes, she noticed that Tillman’s pants were unbuttoned. According to the affidavit, Tillman told the girl “they were all good”. The girl, even though scared by the incident was brave enough and smart enough to report it. The incident was reported on the very same day as it took place and the Tampa police were immediately contacted.
The investigators asked the girl to describe to them exactly what happened. The girl even managed to take them to the game room and point out towards the black jacket that was used to cover her eyes and nose. The black fleece jacket was still there on the couch in the room. When the investigators questioned the security officer regarding the allegations made by the child, he straight away denied the act and everything that she claimed to have happened to her in the room. He did confess to the police that he was in the game room alone with the girl for a while.
During the investigation, Tillman told the police that he believed that the girl was a victim of child neglect “and wanted to determine how safe she was at home,” The investigators sent the jacket to the forensics department and the reports showed that his semen was found on two sections of the jacket. He was held in custody until the reports from the forensics department arrived. The reports undermined his statement and supported the statement given by the child and Tillman was immediately arrested by the police.
Tillman was fired from the job on the same day when the girl informed the police of the incident and was arrested. According to district spokeswoman Tanya Arja, the parents were notified about the investigation by Principal Jaime Gerding from the moment that it began through the Parentlink network. They were kept in the loop of things. A message regarding the arrest was sent to the on Thursday morning. “I am disgusted and shocked by this arrest,” Gerding said in the message to parents. “We trusted him to protect our students and staff and he broke that trust.”