Stephen J. Budd, speaking in a reassuring voice on the phone, tells the teenager that she shouldn’t blame herself.
She was 9 or 10 years old when her teacher allegedly made her and another female student at Rosarian Academy perform sex acts on him and each other.
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ABOUT THIS CASE
Former teacher Stephen J. Budd is charged with sexual battery and molestation stemming from allegations that he assaulted two 9-year-old female students at Rosarian Academy during 2006-07 school year. Prosecutors continue to investigate. Budd remains in the Palm Beach County Jail, where he has been since his April 4 arrest.
State prosecutors have released hundreds of pages of transcripts from interviews from the Stephen J. Budd case. Following are some notable details:
— One witness, a classmate of the two girls, remembered the girls always being allowed to play under Budd’s desk while he was sitting at the desk. The girl remembers the two alleged victims telling her at some point during the fourth grade school year that Budd had made them touch his penis, but remembered no other details about the incident. The student said she never personally had any unusual encounters with Budd.
— Budd sent a friend request on Facebook to one of the alleged victims. She told her boyfriend at the time about the allegations, and he answered Budd’s friend request, though he never confronted Budd about the allegations.
— Budd also sent a friend request to another one of the girls’ classmates about a year before the allegations came to light … “how have you been? You were one of my coolest students. LOL,” he wrote.
— Several times during the two controlled calls, Budd expressed fears that the accusations alone would end his career. “Just an accusation like that you know someone’s guilty until proven innocent,” he said at one point.
Source: Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.