BOYS & GIRLS CLUB EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A TEEN

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-7-16

BSO Case Number: 90-1907-006361

Date: July 19, 2019

Time: 1:59 p.m.

Jurisdiction: Lauderdale Lakes

Place of Occurrence: 4150 N.W. 34th St., Lauderdale Lakes

Victim(s): 16-year-old female

Suspect(s): Venorrice Antonio Wells, 31, male, 10/11/87, 1709 N.W. 14th St., Ft. Lauderdale (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives arrested a 31-year-old Boys & Girls Club employee after he engaged in inappropriate sexual acts with a 16-year-old girl.

Detectives say Venorrice Wells met the teen while he worked at the Boys & Girls Club in Ft. Lauderdale (2621 S.W. 15th St.) and was giving her a ride home on July 11 when the incident took place inside his car. A week later, the victim recounted the incident to a friend, and the friend notified BSO of Wells’ actions.

Wells is facing two counts of sexual assault of a minor and one count of solicitation by an authority figure.

Wells is also employed as a science teacher at Dillard High School. BSO investigators believe Wells could be preying on minors, and due to his routine interaction with kids, they want to know if he has engaged in inappropriate conduct with anyone else. 

Anyone who’s been a victim of Wells or has additional information regarding this investigation should contact BSO Special Victims Unit Detective Ryan Schnakenberg at 954-321-4240. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000. 

INVESTIGATORS:
Det. Schnakenberg, CID SVU
Dist. 4

THIS REPORT BY:
Keyla Concepción/PIO
7/23/19    1620