Robbery suspect in custody after barricading himself on Boca Raton roof

A robbery suspect has been taken into custody after barricading himself on the roof of a Boca Raton building.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Boca Raton police were trying to apprehend the man, who was on the roof of 3 Royal Palm Way.

Deputies said the man was suspected of robbing a Taco Bell on North Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach shortly before noon Monday.

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Convicted child molester’s wife believes he is innocent

After a former Deerfield Beach swimming instructor was found guilty of sexually assaulting three 6-year-old girls during class, his family still believed in his innocence on Friday. 

Francisco De Aragon II was working at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center when he was accused of slipping his hand beneath the girls’ bathing suit bottom in 2015. The girls testified in court. 

Savannah Albury, his wife, said she just can’t believe her husband did what the girls said he did. 

“He doesn’t deserve this. He doesn’t deserve this at all,” Albury said. 

His father, Frank De Aragon, also believes in his innocence. He said he doubts, because his son had plenty of opportunities to do that during other jobs where he was exposed to children. 

“Perhaps the children felt something, but it wasn’t what they are saying it was,” his father said. 

De Aragon worked at the Boca West Country Club, at Obridge Academy in West Palm Beach and as a life guard in South Carolina. 

Albury said Aragon, who rejected a 25-year plea deal and testified in court, was planning to appeal the verdict. His conviction of sexual battery on a minor and lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor now comes with a mandatory life sentence.

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Former swim instructor found guilty of molesting 3 girls

A former swim instructor found guilty of molesting three young girls in Deerfield Beach.

Court found Francisco De Aragon guilty on all counts against him, which include one count of sexual battery on a child, three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of battery. 

The sexual battery on a child charge comes with a mandatory life sentence. 

Upon hearing the verdict De Aragon cried and later mouthed “I love you” to his wife who was in the gallery.

“There’s  no motive for these little girls. They didn’t know him. They didn’t hold a grudge. He was the swim teacher and there was really no reason, other than it really happened, that they came back and told that this guy touched them in their genitals. We couldn’t be happier,” prosecutor Stacey Honowitz said. 

De Aragon made the decision later Wednesday afternoon to testify in his defense.

He is accused of molesting three 6-year-old girls several years ago at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center.

Each girl testified against him this week.

“He was touching my bathing suit and then he went under … his hand, and then he touched my private,” one girl said.

De Aragon firmly denied the accusations against him.

“So why are you here?” his attorney asked him.

“I have no idea. This to me — I can’t explain it,” De Aragon said. 

De Aragon turned down a plea deal Monday that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

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‘I would never do that,’ former swim instructor says about molestation accusations

A former swim instructor testified in his trial Thursday, claiming that he did not molest three young girls in Deerfield Beach.

“No, no, never. I would never do that,” Francisco De Aragon said. “I would never, ever, in a million years molest a child.”

De Aragon made the decision later Wednesday afternoon to testify in his defense.

He is accused of molesting three 6-year-old girls several years ago at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center.

Each girl testified against him this week.

“He was touching my bathing suit and then he went under … his hand, and then he touched my private,” one girl said.

De Aragon firmly denied the accusations against him.

“So why are you here?” his attorney asked him.

“I have no idea. This to me — I can’t explain it,” De Aragon said.  

Authorities said the victims do not know each other and do not attend the same school. Their accounts of De Aragon’s actions were all similar.

Prosecutors also questioned De Aragon, who told them that swim instructors have to hold various body parts while showing someone how to swim.

“You have to hold various body parts: the hands, the arms, the chest, the stomach, waist, legs,” he said.

De Aragon insisted that he never intentionally did anything inappropriate, but admitted that standard teaching practices wouldn’t allow him to have touched the girls inappropriately. 

“Did any of those kids flail or thrash, or do anything to have you grab them in an uncertain way?” the prosecutor asked.  

“They could have,” De Aragon said.  

“Yes or no? Do you remember that?” the prosecutor asked. 

“I don’t remember that, but they could have,” De Aragon said.

De Aragon insisted that the day in question back in 2015 was unremarkable and there were no issues, that is until deputies came for him a day later.

“You don’t remember a lot thing about the day, correct, sir?” the prosecutor asked. 

“Because, as I said, it’s a day that was unremarkable — just a normal day at the pool,” De Aragon said.  

“Unremarkable to you, sir, but not those three girls,” the prosecutor said.

The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon.

De Aragon turned down a plea deal Monday that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

He faces up to life in prison if a jury finds him guilty of sexual battery on a minor and lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor.

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Victims testify in trial of Deerfield Beach swim instructor accused of sexual assault

A trial began Tuesday for a South Florida man who is accused of sexually assaulting three young girls while he was their swim instructor in Deerfield Beach.

One of the victims testified Tuesday morning, saying that she was scared when Francisco De Aragon touched her vagina underneath her bathing suit during a swimming lesson at the Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center.

“So, he put his hand on my private part,” the girl said.

All three girls took the stand throughout the day.

“Did something bad happen to you?” the prosecutor asked one of the girls.

“Yes,” the girl said.

“Can you tell me what happened to you?” the prosecutor asked.

“The lifeguard touched my private part,” the girl said.

The victim’s parents also testified, breaking down in tears as they recalled the conversations they had with their daughters.

“She’s 6 years old, you know. And I feel like someone took my life away,” one mother said.

“My daughter is just 8. She doesn’t need to be doing this,” another mother said.

De Aragon, who showed no emotion while the victims and their parents testified against him, turned down a plea deal Monday that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison. He now faces up to life in prison if a jury finds him guilty of sexual battery on a minor and lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report, De Aragon touched each of the girl’s vaginas under their bathing suits and also touched one of the girl’s buttocks during the session.

He was arrested on May 20, 2015.

Authorities said the girls attend different schools and do not know one another.

De Aragon, who also worked as a lifeguard, was fired after his arrest.

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Family sues Deerfield Beach High after girl ambushed, beaten

The parents of a girl who said she was ambushed and beaten while walking home from Deerfield Beach High School is filing a lawsuit against the school and the guardians of the accused attacker.

The brawl, which was caught on camera, went viral on social media.
 
After the hair pulling, the punches flying and the tussle on the ground becoming a spectacle on social media, the family of the girl seen in the viral video has teamed up with an attorney who said the fight should not have happened.

“This is a situation that should have been avoided, and it could have been avoided if the school would have done what they said they were going to do,” attorney Mark DiCowden said.

He said the Orvil family tried to sort it all out themselves, but there was no justice served.
 
“They’re not getting it from the school,” DiCowden said. “They’re not getting it from anywhere else. They’re getting it through the court of law.”
 
Together, they plan to sue Deerfield Beach High School, claiming that bullying has been a problem there.
 
In fact, the day the fight happened, Windcey Orvil said she spoke to administrators explaining that she was being threatened, and it wasn’t the first time.
 
“They would always make me write a report. That’s pretty much it,” Orvil said. “They wouldn’t really say anything about it.”
 
The Orvil family claims they spoke to school officials the day of the fight. They said the school said they’d escort Orvil home, but instead dropped her off via a golf cart blocks away. That’s when the fight happened. Children were waiting at her home near the school.

Orvil’s father said he learned about the fight by seeing it play out on social media.
 
“This is one more bad problem that this school has had over the years — where either teachers have made bad decision after bad decision,” DiCowden said.

Deerfield Beach High School administrators said they won’t comment on pending litigation.

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