Sheriff’s officials said Thursday that Stapleton was arrested and charged with sexually molesting a child. He is being held without bond, according to booking records.
The Okaloosa County School District declined to comment on the report.
Authorities said Stapleton, 60, touched the child on her “back, upper buttocks, breast and inner thigh area” underneath her clothing, according to an arrest report.
A witness told deputies that she saw the incident unfold via a live recording; though it’s not clear whether the report was referring to surveillance video of the campus.
During an interview with investigators, authorities said, Stapleton admitted to touching the child but denied that it was in a lewd manner. He claimed that the child told him “it felt good,” according to the arrest report.
The incident reportedly occurred Wednesday afternoon as Michael, then a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Mexico Beach, Fla., about 115 miles southeast of the school. The storm then tore through Georgia and hit the Carolinas and Virginia on a path that left at least 12 people dead.
Court records do not list an attorney for Stapleton. He is due in court Nov. 11.