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Local teacher busted after teen wrote about alleged sexual assault in college application essay

Booking photo of Carlos Montero courtesy of BSO

(FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA) — A Miami-Dade science teacher, 46 year-old Carlos Montero, was busted for allegedly having sex at his Fort Lauderdale home with a then-16-year-old boy whom he met online. The teen wrote about the experience in a college application essay, and school officials contacted police after they read it.
Montero, who received a presidential award, was arrested by Fort Lauderdale police officers on Oct. 3rd and is facing charges in Broward County Court for allegedly sexually assaulting the 16-year-old boy who went on to write about it, according to the arrest report.

Montero is accused of using the dating app “Tinder” to meet the teenage boy from Connecticut for sex in South Florida and allegedly continued to communicate with the teen about sex on Snapchat.

The teenage boy was in Miami-Dade County on vacation with his mother in April 2021 visiting a relative in Golden Beach and told police he identified himself as an 18-year-old on Tinder, but claims that he “definitely” told Montero later that he was a minor, according to court documents.

The teen allegedly told his friends and when he started to feel “depressed” about it, he mentioned it to Montero, who allegedly told him the sexual encounter was “consensual” and that if he revealed it he “could get in trouble and lose his job.”

Montero is among the 108 mathematics and science teachers nationwide who former President Barack Obama honored with the presidential award for excellence.

Detectives claim they have electronic evidence of the communication between the teenage boy and Montero, according to the arrest report.

Montero is charged with sexual assault on a minor, obscene communication use of a computer to seduce or solicit or lure a child, buying or selling minor information for sex purposes, and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child, records show.