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A substitute teacher who worked in several Volusia County schools was arrested Wednesday for allegedly molesting a student, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said Volusia County sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims.

Gant said David Lee Davis, 62, of Port Orange, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, days after the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation into a report of Davis molesting a 15-year-old local high school student. A school resource deputy was notified of the allegations on Sept. 27.

Davis worked as a substitute teacher at a number of Volusia County public schools, including University High School in Orange City.

Davis ran to be Volusia County’s supervisor of elections in 2016, losing in the primary. He was previously an aide to former U.S. Rep. Bill Chappell.

Sheriff’s detectives determined Davis first met the victim in a previous school year, when the victim was a student in middle school, Gant said.

The victim told police the abuse happened between the months of April and September of this year.

“He said Davis had asked him to start coming over to his home, where he could help him with homework,” Gant said.

Davis is charged with lewd or lascivious battery on a victim under the age of 16.

He was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was set to be held without bond.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have information about additional victims to contact the VCSO Child Exploitation Unit at 386-323-3574.

The schools Davis worked as a substitute teacher were:

  • Spruce Creek High
  • New Smyrna Beach High
  • Atlantic High
  • Seabreeze High
  • University High
  • Creekside Middle
  • Silver Sands Middle
  • Ormond Beach Middle
  • David C. Hinson Middle
  • New Smyrna Beach Middle


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