Police: RI Teacher charged after taking boy to Fla.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Miami Beach police say a Providence elementary school teacher faces a criminal charge after allegedly taking a 15-year-old from Rhode Island to Florida without his parents' knowledge.
The police report shows 56-year-old David Jones of Cranston was arrested Wednesday after the boy was reported missing in Rhode Island. His parents later learned he was in Miami Beach, and the two were located with the FBI's help. Jones faces a felony charge of "interference with custody."
The report says Jones admitted taking the boy to Florida without his parents' consent and exchanging sexually explicit text messages with him.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Jones has a lawyer. Records show he is being held on $9,000 bond.
Mayor Angel Taveras expressed concern over the arrest and said the teacher has been placed on leave.