A former Wellington afterschool counselor was arrested on charges of having sex last summer with a 12-year-old girl who he met years earlier in his school's after-school program.
Authorities say Blake Freda, 23, met the girl about four years ago while working as a counselor at New Horizons Elementary School in Wellington, where the girl began attending the after-school program in third grade.
He got back in touch with her in 2007 through the MySpace.com social-networking Web site, detectives say, and in the summer of 2008 - when the girl was 12 - he took her to malls and movie theaters, where the two engaged in sexual activity.
The girl's father grew suspicious and installed a child monitoring program into the family's computer that allowed him to see her Internet chat messages and MySpace account, according to an arrest report.
When he saw conversations that mentioned sexual acts between the two, he called the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Freda was arrested Monday on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.
Freda worked as a part-time afterschool counselor at New Horizons Elementary from October 2004 until February 2008, according to the school district.