Former South Broward High band director accused of sexual battery

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested a former South Broward High School band director who has been accused of sexual battery.

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, Wednesday.

“He was nice. He was a good teacher, actually. He was a good music teacher,” said student Angelee Campbell.

SBHS Principal Intern Patricia Brown sent an email to the parents of students acknowledging Esquilin’s arrest.

“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 of 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 is our top priority.”

Students at the school said Esquilin worked at the school as recently as last school year.

“He was a pretty good band director, he understood music and everything,” said student Gabe Howze. “I’m kind of sad he’s gone but the situation is kind of bad.”

“It was shocking, disturbing even. I didn’t think he would do this type of thing,” said student Amy Garcia.

Facing a judge on Thursday morning, Esquilin was denied bond and ordered to not have any contact with the alleged victim.

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