Date: October 26, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Private School Gym Teacher Arrested for Lewd/Lascivious Act

Polk County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit detectives arrested a gym teacher from Grace Lutheran School in Winter Haven today after a 13-year-old girl stated he touched her inappropriately.

Christian Michael Berens, DOB 2/25/77, of 3913 Lake Ned Circle in Winter Haven, was taken into custody today without incident after a student at Grace Lutheran told officials he touched her breast, under her shirt but over her bra. The incident did not occur on school grounds.

Berens is charged with one count of Lewd/Lascivious Molestation on a Child Under 16. He will be held without bail until a first appearance hearing on Wednesday, October 27, 2004.

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