OCALA FL Feb 23 2017 — The Marion County Sheriff's Office reported Monday that a math teacher at Dunnellon High School has been arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious molestation of a student.
MCSO Major Crimes detectives arrested Chester Pacana, 34, in Ocala on Monday. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.
According to the Sheriff's Office, a 15-year-old girl went to the assistant principal of the school and stated that Pacana had inappropriately touched her on her leg and breast while she was in his classroom on Feb. 8. The school official relayed the information to the MCSO School Resource Officer on campus. The case was then referred to Major Crimes.
Pacana voluntarily came to the MCSO Operations Center on Monday for an interview. He said he was in the classroom that day, but denied having any inappropriate sexual contact with the girl, the release states.