Police have arrested a former South Broward High School band director accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage student.
Hollywood Police charged 28-year-old Ricardo Emanuel Esquilin with sexual assault and battery with a victim over the age of 12, but under the age of 18.
Esquilin is currently at the Broward County Jail and will be arraigned today.
SBHS Principal Intern Patricia Brown sent the below statement to the parents acknowledging Esquilin’s arrest on Wednesday.
“Greetings South Broward Family, This is Mrs. Brown, Principal Intern, calling to inform you of the recent arrest of our former band director. This matter was brought to us by the Hollywood Police Department, who notified us an investigation and proceeded to work with our district’s Special Investigative Unit. Our school staff, district staff and the authorities will continue to work collaboratively regarding this matter. However, this is an open investigation and no further information can be provided. Safety of the students are top priority.”