Colorado Springs teacher arrested, charged with battery

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs teacher is behind bars after being arrested during an undercover operation in a public park in Florida.

The Polk County Sheriff's office says 43-year-old Kyle Gilliam had his hands in his pants, walked up to an undercover detective, and grabbed the detective's groin on Thursday. According to investigators, detectives were in the area as part of a larger investigation into lewd behavior. Gilliam is now charged with battery.

Gilliam is a 5th grade teacher at Taylor Elementary School. A D-11 spokesperson confirms that Gilliam is on administrative leave but won't comment on specifics in the case.

Gilliam is being held in the Polk County, FL, jail on $500 bond.

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