A second grade teacher who coaches youth baseball in Wisconsin has been arrested and charged in Florida for allegedly molesting children at a Walt Disney resort.
Nicholas Groth, 26, was being held without bond at the Orange County Jail on five counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday.
Two of the victims are younger than 12, one is between 12 and 15, and all reported that Groth repeatedly touched their buttocks while swimming with them at Disney’s Pop Century Resort over the Fourth of July weekend, according to a post on the newspaper’s website.
Groth allegedly began playing catch with a few children and made inappropriate contact with them. According to the report, the children notified a nearby adult that Groth was “acting weird and touching our butts,” the Sentinel reports.
The man approached Groth, who denied the allegations.
When interviewed by investigators, Groth’s answered seemed erratic and he offered an interesting excuse for his temperament.
“He didn’t answer questions regarding if he touched the children’s buttocks in the pool with direct answers, but rather took some time to reply,” Detective Danielle O’Malley wrote in the report, according to the paper. “His responses disturbed me, and I asked if he was on medicine or if he had a mental illness. He did say he had been hit in the head with a baseball three times this year.”
Groth is an assistant coach for the Racine Rally age 13 and younger baseball team, which was scheduled to be in Disney World this week, according to a post on the team’s website.
The team is competing in the Disney’s International Salute to Baseball tournament, according to a link on the tournament website.