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Florida Principal Arrested After Video Shows Him Choking and Whipping Student

Phew, that’s one way to never work in education again! A Florida school principal faces child molestation charges and a prison sentence after being accused of choking and whipping a student.

According to WESH, 33 years old Dontay Akeem Prophet worked at Destiny Leadership Academy in Ocala, Florida. The facility looks after children of primary school age.

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Here’s what the Florida director allegedly did

On May 11, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested Prophet after reviewing surveillance footage of the principal-student interaction. The footage showed the Florida school principal locking the student in a room for 40 minutes.

Additionally, the video shows Dontay grabbing the child, retraining him on the floor, using a chokehold and whipping the child with a computer charging cable. According to police, the principal also twisted the child’s ankle and beat him.

“Dontay Prophet began touching and squeezing the child and that led to him beginning to physically abuse the child,” said Valerie Strong with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

WESH reports the student eventually escaped. Aside from the tapes, a teacher allegedly claimed to have heard the child screaming.

It’s unclear what prompted the Florida school principal to become aggressive or why he confronted the child in the first place. The victim’s age is also not publicly known, although the indictment suggests he is under 13 years old.

What happens next to Dontay Akeem Prophet?

WESH reports that Destiny Leadership Academy has already fired its Florida principal. The outlet also reports that the school released a statement highlighting its “commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being” of its students.

It is unclear whether Dontay received representation or a decision on his application. However, he is in the Marion County Jail and each of his two defendants is on $25,000 bond. His potential punishment for the alleged crimes will become clearer as local prosecutors determine the classification of his charges and whether the abuse was aggravated. His next court date is currently June 11th.

His alleged criminal history with children could also speak against him. FOX 23 Orlando reports that police also arrested the Florida school principal in 2019. At the time, he was reportedly accused of sexually abusing a child in 2017 while employed as a camp counselor. His official charges were “lewd and lascivious molestation of a child” and attempted interference with “custody rights.” The case was dismissed in July 2023 after prosecutors dropped a charge and the court imposed a suspended sentence without formally convicting him of a crime.

Destiny Academy has not explained how a man who has been accused of child-related incidents in the past landed the role Dontay had.

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