Swim instructor allegedly molests children during practice in SW Miami-Dade

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested a man who, they said, molested two 9-year-old girls during practice at a Southwest Miami-Dade pool.

Daniel Diaz-Mejia, 20, worked as a swimming instructor at the Helen Sands Pool in the area of Southwest 280th Street and 163rd Avenue, near U.S. 1.

He was arrested Tuesday night after two children told their mother they were fondled by Diaz-Mejia during their swim practice.

Diaz-Mejia is facing felony child molestation charges.

Upon learning of the arrest, parents in the area felt disturbed, outraged and disgusted.

“It’s a scary day and age,” said Heidi, a parent. “It’s horrible. I’m shocked to hear that. I mean, well, I’m saying like what supervision? The parents are not there with the kids? What’s going on?”

“At first, I didn’t want to believe it,” another parent said.

According to the arrest report, Diaz-Mejia admitted to the allegations and was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.

“That’s awful,” parent Audrey said. “It’s shocking to hear something like that in a public swimming pool.”

Diaz-Mejia appeared in bond court, Wednesday.

He remains held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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