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Wolfson High School janitor accused of groping student

Reshat Abrashi charged with offense against student by authority figure

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A custodian at Wolfson High School was arrested after an incident Friday at the school in which he patted the buttocks of a female student twice, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. 

Reshat Abrashi, 61, is charged with an offense against a student by an authority figure. 

According to the arrest report, the girl was at the school, helping with preparations for a dance, and was mopping up some water on the floor. She said she asked Abrashi for a dry mop, and that’s when he patted her on the buttocks twice. She became hysterical and a school police officer talked to her then looked at surveillance video. The groping was caught on tape, according to police.

The arrest report states that the girl told the officer it’s common knowledge among students that “Abrashi looks lustfully at the girls in school.”

Parent Vonda Henry said the incident is concerning. She said it's unnerving not knowing who parents can trust while their children are at school.

"It makes us wonder where we can take our kids," Henry said. "If they’re not safe at school, where can they be safe at?"

In an email sent to students' parents, the school commended the student for having the courage to report the incident to the school police.

The email goes on to read, in part, "We at Wolfson simply will not tolerate our students being treated in this manner. The contracted custodian has been suspended by his employer pending the outcome of all investigations. Please know that the safety and security of our students is one of our most important goals."

Henry said she believes every precaution needs to be taken.

"I think they need to buckle down on the background checks and see what's going on with people that they’re hiring because we’re concerned about our children, thinking that they’re safe," Henry said.

According to the arrest report, however, the custodial supervisor terminated Abrashi before he was taken into custody at his home Friday night.

Abrashi was booked into the Duval County jail but was released Monday after posting $10,000 bond, according to online jail records.

When News4Jax went to his home Tuesday and asked if he would be willing to comment, Abrashi said, "I don't speak English. I'm Albanian. Sorry."


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