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Belleview teacher charged with molestation of students quits post as music teacher

Kevin Tindall

A Belleview Elementary School teacher who was arrested last month on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation involving two students has resigned from the Marion County School District.

Kevin Wayne Tindall, 47, of Summerfield, a longtime music teacher at the school, was taken into custody Jan. 17 after an investigation led Belleview Police officers to believe that he had “inappropriately” touched two students under the age of 12, a Belleview Police report says.

Earlier this month, Tindall, who lives at 14891 SE 73rd Ave. in Summerfield, sent in his resignation letter. He thanked the school district for the “professional and personal development” that had been afforded to him in his 16 years with the district.

“I have benefitted from my tenure with Marion County Public Schools, and am grateful for the knowledge, encouragement, and support you have given me in pursuing my professional and personal growth objectives,” Tindall’s letter, dated Feb. 15, read.

The Belleview Police Department initially received a report of the alleged incident involving Tindall 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.

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 was released the following day on $50,000 bond.

Tindall had been employed by the Marion County School District since 2002 and had 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 last month.

Tindall, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and is a graduate of Lake Weir High School, also received an associate of arts degree from Central Florida Community College. During his administrative leave period, he wasn’t allowed to return to Belleview Elementary, a school district spokesman said.