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Former Miami teacher arrested again after two more students say he raped them

Wendell Alfredo Nibbs, a former physical education teacher at Brownsville Middle School, is pictured here in a mugshot from his first arrest in 2017. He was arrested again Wednesday on additional charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child in familial custody, interference with custody of a child and false imprisonment.
Wendell Alfredo Nibbs, a former physical education teacher at Brownsville Middle School, is pictured here in a mugshot from his first arrest in 2017. He was arrested again Wednesday on additional charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child in familial custody, interference with custody of a child and false imprisonment.

A former Miami-Dade County Public Schools teacher already awaiting trial on charges of sexually battering two female middle school students was arrested again Wednesday after two more students came forward claiming he raped them.

Wendell Alfredo “Kimo” Nibbs, a 53-year-old former physical education teacher at Brownsville Middle School, was arrested at home after two more of his former middle school students came forward. According to an arrest affidavit, both girls say Nibbs raped them on multiple occasions in his classroom and office and in the girls’ locker room at school. One girl says Nibbs may be the father of her child.

Nibbs was first arrested Nov. 30, 2017, on two charges of sexual battery against a minor in familial custody. He resigned from the school district that same day for a “personal reason.”

He has been on house arrest since then. His criminal trial is scheduled to begin in June. Two of Nibbs’ former students have sued the school district in federal court for violating their civil rights and negligence. A third girl was added, and now the two girls whose allegations led to Nibbs’ latest arrest will also be filing civil suits, bringing the total number of lawsuits to five.

“I think it just reaffirms what our other clients have been saying for a long time about Wendell Nibbs,” said attorney Pedro Echarte. “It’s clear there was a long pattern of assaulting and harassing young girls at the school. We’re just grateful it’s been brought into light.”

Attorney Aaron Karger, also representing the young women, said he hopes more witnesses will come forward. “There’s power in numbers,” he said.

Nibbs’ lawyer, David Peckins, did not respond to requests for comment.

One of the girls making the new allegations said that Nibbs was her coach while she was on the track team in eighth grade at Brownsville in 2013-14. During track season, Nibbs began making inappropriate sexual comments to her, according to the arrest affidavit, and would drive her home with permission from her mother. In the car, Nibbs would inappropriately touch the girl.

The inappropriate activity continued when Nibbs drove the girl to and from school, as well as in his classroom and office, according to the affidavit. In December 2013, Nibbs gave the girl keys to his office and asked her to get an item.

While she was alone in his classroom/office, Nibbs came in. He told the girl to get undressed and they had intercourse. The girl asked Nibbs to stop, she told police, but he continued.

“[The girl] remembered the unbearable pains she endured while being sexually assaulted by Mr. Nibbs in the classroom,” the arrest affidavit read.

The intercourse continued over a 10-month period until June 2014, before and after track practice in his classroom and office. Nibbs, according to the affidavit, threatened to kill the girl if she ever told anyone about their relationship. The girl never discussed the incidents with anyone. Nibbs is described in arrest reports as being 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 250 to 300 pounds.

The second girl, whose accusations also led to the new charges, provided an audio statement in December 2018 to Miami-Dade Schools Police. Her abuse by Nibbs began when she was in sixth grade and he was her P.E. teacher, according to the arrest affidavit.

Nibbs’ comments to her were recited on the arrest affidavit:

“You look good while doing that exercise.”

“Your body looks good and it’s thick and chunky.”

“Those pants look good on you.”

“You’re going to make someone happy.”

The girl said she would ignore the comments, even though they made her feel uncomfortable, and did not report them to law enforcement or school officials, according to police.

The girl told police that while she was changing into her clothes for P.E. class, Nibbs entered the girls’ locker room and rubbed his body against hers, fondling her. The second time, Nibbs entered the locker room and asked for oral sex, offering her food if she performed the act. The girl said no, she told police.

When she was in seventh grade, Nibbs attempted to kiss her on the lips while she was changing, she told police. She tried to push away and dodge his kiss. Nibbs then took off her underwear and asked her to pose nude so he could take pictures of her, telling her, “Your body looks good. I have to hide these from my wife.”

When the girl attempted to put on her clothes and leave, Nibbs, according to the police report, forcefully grabbed her and raped her. Nibbs was already wearing a condom, which he flushed down the toilet when he was finished, police said. He then tried having intercourse with the girl again, but the girl began to make noise and a male student walked in. Nibbs warned her not to tell the boy, she said.

“That was the day Mr. Nibbs took her virginity,” the arrest affidavit said. During her eighth-grade year, the girl would pretend to be sick to avoid Nibbs’ class.

Nibbs one day raped her in his classroom, the girl told police, even pulling her hair and saying, “Do you love me?” and “I’m Daddy!” Nibbs would often see the girl walking to school and offer her rides. Instead of school, the girl told police, Nibbs would take her to an apartment complex near a Walmart in Miami Gardens where he would ask her to recline the seat so the complex’s security cameras would not see her.

The apartment was inhabited by Nibbs’ sister, the girl told police. They had intercourse in the apartment four times, the girl said.

One day, when the two arrived at the apartment, the girl became enraged and told Nibbs she didn’t want to be there, and Nibbs activated his vehicle’s child lock so she could not exit and told her to be quiet. The two went inside the apartment, had intercourse, and Nibbs took nude photos of the girl, she told police.

The activity continued when the girl was in ninth grade and attending a private school.

The last time the two had intercourse was March 30, 2017. She stated that Nibbs occasionally did not wear a condom and now believes Nibbs may be the father of her child.

In a statement, Miami-Dade school district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego outlined new actions taken by the district, including additional retraining on School Board policies, statutory requirements and professional expectations.

“The allegations against this former employee are clearly reprehensible,” she said. “By working with witnesses of past investigations, Miami-Dade Schools Police detectives were able to locate unknown victims who had been previously afraid to come forward. Probable cause for an arrest was established with the assistance of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. We will continue to provide whatever assistance is necessary to ensure swift prosecution of the individual charged with these disturbing accusations.”

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