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Longtime Belleview Elementary teacher jailed on child molestation charges

Kevin Tindall

A veteran Belleview Elementary School music teacher was arrested Thursday morning and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.

Kevin Wayne Tindall, 47, of Summerfield, was taken into custody after an investigation led Belleview Police officers to believe that he had “inappropriately” touched two students under the age of 12, a police report says.

The police department initially received a report of the alleged incident on Jan. 9 and alerted officials at the Marion County School District. Tindall was immediately removed from his classroom by the principal and the school resource officer and then placed on administrative leave by the school district, the report states.

Longtime Belleview Elementary School music teacher Kevin Tindall was removed from his classroom by the principal and school resource officer last week after allegations were made against him for inappropriately touching a young student.

During the course of an ensuing criminal investigation, Belleview police say they found probable cause to believe that Tindall had committed the acts of lewd and lascivious molestation on the victim. Tindall was subsequently arrested on the charges and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $50,000 bond.

Tindall, who lives at 14891 SE 73rd Ave. in Summerfield, has been employed by the Marion County School District since 2002 and has taught music at Belleview Elementary the entire time. A complaint about physical contact also was filed against him in 2008 but neither the Florida Department of Children and Families nor the State Attorney’s Office elected to move forward with that case. Tindall was then given a disciplinary letter by the school district about the incident, a school district spokesman said Thursday afternoon.

The current investigation is still active and Belleview Police say it is unclear if there are other potential victims. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Jody Backlund at (352) 245-7044.