Miami Southridge High Teacher Charged With Molesting 14-Year-Old Boy

Police arrested a Miami Southridge Senior High School teacher today on charges that he molested a 14-year-old boy on multiple occasions.

The teacher, Frank Matthew Galatas, allegedly performed oral sex on the boy twice last month, says Officer Jeffrey Giordano, a spokesman for the Miami Police Department.

Galatas, who is 28 years old, befriended the boy two years ago when he was his teacher, Giordano says.

The boy's mother, who is a single parent, had invited Galatas to become a "role model" for her son.

On Oct. 17, according to Galatas' arrest report, he called the victim's mom and said he needed a place to stay for the night because he was fighting with his wife. The victim told police that he awoke to Galatas sexually assaulting him.

A few days later, police say, the same thing happened when the 14-year-old spent the night at Galatas' place.

Galatas faces two counts of lewd and lavicious battery on a minor.

Update: Police have released Galatas' mug shot. Click through for the photo.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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