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Fugitive Teacher Captured On I-95, Faces Child Molestation Charges

Miguel Cala

Miguel Cala

The felonious flight of a former St. Andrew’s Catholic School teacher charged with molesting a young student ended Friday on the side of a Virginia highway as he talked to a Broward Sheriff’s Office detective on the phone.

BSO Special Victims Unit Det. Sylviane Wernath had convinced Miguel Leonardo Cala, 37, to turn himself in to face charges of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under 12 and lewd and lascivious conduct. She notified Virginia State Police of Cala’s whereabouts, and within a few minutes, Cala told Wernath that a state trooper had pulled up behind him.

Detectives say Cala molested one of his students during a tutoring session in mid-August, and they believe he has additional victims. They know of no abuse that happened at the Coral Springs school. Cala was a St. Andrews music teacher for many years but left the school in early May. He gave a statement admitting involvement, and additional charges against him are pending.

Cala was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Caroline County, Virginia (about a half hour north of Richmond) Friday morning when the Virginia State trooper found him. He was transported to the hospital for psychological and medical clearance and then was booked into the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, Virginia.

Anyone who believes Cala may have committed other crimes can report information to Det. Wernath at (Information can be reported anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Sep 9 2010. Filed under Broward County, Coral Springs, Crime, Featured, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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