• Detectives speak with girl about Osceola County substitute teacher accused of touching students

    By: Cierra Putman , James Tutten

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    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A newly released interview is shedding new light on the allegations against a substitute teacher accused of inappropriately touching a half dozen young girls.    

    A young girl told detectives her substitute teacher was "nice,” but he made her feel "super weird" when he allegedly touched her in class.

    On Wednesday, WFTV shared video of police interviewing the suspect, Syed Yaseen Asher.


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    The new interview with the alleged victim is the first time the girl told someone what happened.

    The video shows one of the six Boggy Creek Elementary girls between 6- and 8-years-old who said Asher touched them inappropriately.

    WFTV has decided not to use her voice to protect her identity. In the video she stayed calm and even drew a picture for the detective.

    Investigators said the girls told them they were inside a classroom when the 19-year-old substitute teacher touched them inappropriately.

    A detective interviewed one of the girls on March 1, the same day Asher was arrested.

    That same day a different detective interviewed Asher, first in a car in front of his house where he denied the allegations and then started crying.

    Detectives then spoke a second time when another girl who said he put his hand in her pants.

    Records show Asher taught more than 1,000 kids during his three-month stint as a substitute teacher. 

    The interview detectives did with Asher was focused on an alleged incident on Feb. 21, when a girl said Asher put his hands down her pants.

    Asher also gave conflicting statements about the girl’s clothing and hair color. During the first interview, the detective told him, "You look nervous, man."

    There are multiple cases against him and the first could go to trial as soon as June.

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