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Carlos Montero, ‘Nationally-recognized’ teacher arrested in Fort Lauderdale for sex assault on minor after Tinder meet

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A 16-year-old boy who later wrote a college application essay on the alleged sexual assault is being charged in Broward County Court by a teacher who has taught in schools in Miami-Dade and Broward and has won a presidential award, according to police.

Carlos Montero, 46, was detained by Fort Lauderdale police on October 3, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office corrections records. According to investigators, the case began in Connecticut as a result of a school counselor’s allegation. According to investigators, Montero turned himself into FLPD after seeing the evidence.

The Connecticut young boy was allegedly met for sex by Montero, who was born in Texas but now resides in Fort Lauderdale, via Tinder, and they continued their conversation about sex on Snapchat.

According to the arrest report, the teenager traveled to Miami-Dade County with his mother in April 2021 to visit a relative in Golden Beach. Although he claimed to be an 18-year-old on Tinder, the teen eventually admitted to Montero that he was actually a minor.

The child allegedly told his friends about the encounter, and when he began to feel “depressed” about it, he told Montero. Montero allegedly assured the teen that the sexual experience was “consensual” and warned him that he “might get in trouble and lose his job” if he revealed it.

In 2015, NSU University School in Davie identified Montero as a teacher in honors and AP chemistry for students in grades 9-12 and praised him for being among the 108 mathematics and science teachers nationwide who former President Barack Obama honored with the presidential award for excellence.

In 2018, Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach announced trusting Montero, as a “nationally-recognized science educator” to teach students in grades 6-12 as the Science Department Chair and physics teacher after leaving NSU University School where he also served as a department chair.

According to the arrest report, detectives have proof of the teenage boy and Montero’s correspondence.

According to court documents, Montero is accused of sexually assaulting a child, using obscene communication to entice, solicit, or lure a child, purchasing or selling minor information for sex, and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child.

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