MILWAUKEE -- He is a man students once looked up to, and he's now accused of taking advantage of them. A Milwaukee Public Schools mentor has been suspended amid claims he exposed himself to a male student multiple times.
56-year-old Allen Bozeman faces one count of first degree child sex assault - sexual contact with a person under the age of 13, and exposing genitals/pubic area/intimate parts to a child -- both felony charges.
Bozeman's alleged actions occurred at Thurston Woods Academy on Milwaukee's north side.
A mother FOX6 News is not identifying in order to protect the victim says Bozeman took advantage of her child, and the trust her child had placed in Bozeman.
"My child looked up to him. I trusted him. My child trusted him. He exposed himself to him on a number of different occasions," the mother said.
The boy was finishing up the school year earlier this month. He says Bozeman not only exposed himself, but also made the boy touch him inappropriately.
"I was outraged. I was saddened. Disgusted," the mother said.
This mother says there were five or six incidents in the days leading up to summer break.
According to a criminal complaint filed against him, Bozeman would give the boy money after each encounter for "good behavior."
"It was the last day of school and my child came home with money. I asked where he got it from," the mother said.
Bozeman allegedly told the student not to tell anyone.
"He`s still having a hard time. There`s a lot of crying," the mother said.
Milwaukee Public Schools officials declined to comment on camera, instead issuing a statement. It reads:
The victim says he lost respect for Bozeman after this "stuff" happened, and he initially didn't tell his family about it because the boy didn't want them to worry about him.
"My child tells me he doesn`t want to live the rest of his life thinking about what happened to him," the mother said.
Bozeman will be in court on Thursday, June 25th.
The victim's mother says MPS hasn't been in contact with her throughout this ordeal, but she says she hopes they adopt better screening policies when it comes to their on-site mentors.