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More alarming allegations were made Wednesday against a 20-year-old worker in a South Florida middle school after-care program who’s accused of offering money, gifts and trips to Disney World to recruit teenage boys for sex.
Roosevelt Miller made his first appearance in federal court Wednesday following his arrest last week. He pleaded not guilty during the arraignment proceeding.
Authorities say Miller offered three teens money and gifts for sexual favors while he was working as a counselor at a Plantation Middle School after-care program.
Miller told one student he was “sexy” and that he wanted to “spoil” him, an arrest affidavit said. He also told boys he wanted to give them gifts in exchange for touching their genitals, the affidavit said.
At Wednesday’s hearing, a detective testified that Miller gave two confessions, one in a police car during an investigative interview, and a full written confession that was initialed and signed at FBI headquarters.
Miller allegedly admitted to the sexually-charged text messages and social media exchanges. He also admitted he was sexually attracted to the teens and he wanted to have sex with them, the detective said.
Also in the confession, Miller said he physically wrestled with the boys for sexual gratification, and that he actually grabbed a boy’s genitals at a bus stop. The confession said there are four other boys he propositioned who weren’t named in the indictment.
Some of Miller’s family members attended the hearing but didn’t want to comment.
“We don’t have anything to say, so don’t say anything to us. Go back down that way and wait for somebody else to come out,” one family member told NBC 6.
Back at school, fellow students of one of the alleged victims said what their friend told them validates Miller’s confession.
“He said he offered him $300 to touch his private parts,” friend Jabarian Anthony said.
The judge ordered Miller held until his trial.