Who is Carlos Aguirre Rendon? Deltona Middle School teacher arrested for kissing student on mouth
VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA: The Volusia County Sheriff's Office arrested a middle school teacher on February 2, 2022, after he reportedly pursued a relationship with a 15-year-old student. The Sheriff's Office confirmed it had arrested 29-year-old Carlos Aguirre Rendon on two charges, weeks after it began an investigation into him. Reportedly, Rendon kissed the victim on the lips in the classroom at the Deltona Middle School.
Thankfully, it appears police intervened before things went further, as it has in many cases. Back in December 2021, substitute teacher Ayanna Davis of Lakeland was arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old. In June, Chad Alan Craghead, a math teacher in Missouri was arrested for tricking students to send nudes of themselves. Before that, Ariel Madden Reed another teacher in Florida was arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old and sending him nudes of herself.
Rendon was arrested on Wednesday afternoon (February 2), and by evening had posted the $12,500 bond. He was released, but police warn that additional charges could be filed, beyond the two he was initially slapped with - lewd or lascivious conduct and witness tampering in an investigation.
Who is Carlos Aguirre Rendon?
Little is known about Rendon, who taught math at Deltona Middle School in Deltona. It is unclear if Rendon is married, but he does have two children who he used as a pretext to meet the victim at the Firefighters Memorial Park in Deltona. The Longwood resident would reportedly drive 25 miles to the park and leave his children in the car to spend time with the victim. He also looked through her phone and asked if she was "talking to boys" the affidavit says.
During one of those interactions, the girl's mother saw Rendon with his arm around her daughter, sparking concerns. Rendon also tried to spend considerable time with the girl at school, often asking "other students to leave the classroom so he could be alone with her," and "offered himself as a private English tutor when he noticed she was struggling with the subject." On January 7, he also killed the girl despite her attempts to pull away.
That incident was reported to the police by an anonymous source, which led to an investigation being opened on January 11. On February 2, police "learned that Aguirre had been approaching potential witnesses at Firefighters Memorial Park, asking about the victim and telling at least one witness not to talk to the police." that effort led them to charge him with witness tampering.
When the school learned about the allegations, the girl was transferred out of Rendon's class and he was advised not to return to school. On learning she was being removed from his class, Rendon reportedly yelled, "If you get taken out of my class, I am leaving this school. I will transfer to University High School to see you," in front of the whole class. It's unclear when that occurred, by he was arrested on February 2 at the school, with bodycam footage showing Rendon being cuffed by the police.