A former South Florida high school teacher arrested and accused of sex crimes with a student died from suicide.
According to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office, former Wellington Community High School math teacher, Charles Maglio, 54, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Maglio, 54 was arrested on Sept. 8 on charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and an offense against a student by an authority figure.
According to Maglio’s arrest report, the sheriff’s office investigation started in December of last year after Maglio sent the girl, who was 16 at the time, flowers at her job at Tijuana Flats.
The restaurant’s manager notified the principal at Wellington High School, the report said.
Later that night, the girl called Maglio and told him about a “possible investigation,” and deleted all of their text messages.
The arrest report stated that when PBSO investigators spoke to the girl on Dec. 21, 2022, she told them “I don’t want [Maglio] to get in trouble. I’m in love with him.”
The teen said she met Maglio at the start of the 2022-23 school year in August, when Maglio was a math teacher at Wellington High School.
A few days after the school year started, she went to Maglio’s classroom after school looking for a “mentor, fatherly figure,” adding that “it escalated.”
The girl said she and Maglio started communicating through Snapchat, which was the teacher’s idea “so that their conversation wouldn’t be saved, and there would be no evidence,” the arrest report said.
The teen said she and Maglio had sex “several times” at his Greenacres apartment.
Maglio would give the 16-year-old girl rides to her job and house, and bought her clothing like bras, underwear, lingerie, and dresses, along with a necklace with a heart, as well as a ring.
The teen told PBSO investigators she keeps some of her clothes and a toothbrush at Maglio’s apartment and they go to the movies and restaurants.
According to the arrest report, the girl said “they are both aware that ‘it is wrong’ however, ‘it feels right’ to them.”
“Charles apparently has a calendar behind his door where he is counting down they days until she turns eighteen so they can be open with their relationship,” the report stated.
The arrest report added that when sheriff’s office investigators searched Maglio’s apartment, they found a receipt for the ring and women’s underwear and clothing.
Maglio’s daughter, who was visiting from New York for the holidays and at the apartment, told investigators the women’s clothing in her father’s bedroom were hers from when she was younger.
Maglio’s attorney, Cory Strolla, told WPTV in a written statement that Maglio self-surrendered to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and was put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.
“He looks forward to his day in court to exonerate his name and character. We believe the State’s evidence will only prove that he was a mentor and close confidant to a young lady, with a very troubled past and a worse home life. We wish nothing but the best for the young lady, but we look forward to resolving this case in his favor and clearing his name and getting him back to work,” Strolla said in the statement.
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