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Media scrutiny leads to arrest of teacher's aide

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Jiles, 30, was booked into the Polk County Jail early Sunday. He is being held on a bond of $239,000. Jiles, 30, was booked into the Polk County Jail early Sunday. He is being held on a bond of $239,000.
LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Curtis Leonard Jiles is known as an educator and a man of God.

Early Sunday Jiles added the title of inmate to his resume. The Polk County teacher's aide had been avoiding law enforcement since a warrant was issued for his arrest Friday.

After seeing his name and photo on nearly every media outlet in the Bay area he came out of hiding.

"Just before midnight Saturday night Mr. Jiles turned himself into the county jail," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The 30-year-old Lakeland resident works at Tenoroc High School and, according to their Facebook page, Jiles is an elder at the Spirit Life Worship Center in Lakeland.

He stands accused of sexual battery, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and procuring prostitution with a person under the age of 18.

Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's Office say just last month Jiles paid two male students cash so he could perform sex acts on them.

He also propositioned at least two other Tenoroc students, according to his arrest affidavit.

"At least one child he had sex with occurred on the campus of Tenoroc High School," Judd explained. "The other was after he followed a student home [from school]."

The Sheriff says Jiles incarceration should have started  Friday.

"His attorney said that he would turn himself in at 4:30 PM on Friday afternoon to face felony charges," Judd said. "Apparently he fired his lawyer and decided I'm not going to jail."

That decision led to a law enforcement manhunt and a lot of media scrutiny.

Apparently Jiles couldn't take Judd says and decided to turn himself in. When he showed up at the Polk County Jail he refused to speak with detectives.

This case is not the first time Jiles has caught the attention of investigators. Similar allegations were made against him in 2007 but there wasn't enough evidence to charge him with a crime.

This time around detectives are confident they have enough to send Jiles to jail for a long time. They are concerned however there may be more victims.

Judd: "Do we think that this is the only four [victims]? Not at all; that's why we need the victims to come forward.  We'll protect their identity."

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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