A 12-year old girl is shaken after police say she was molested at Oscar Patterson Elementary School last week. The suspect, 32-year old Quanzda Hillsman is now behind bars. News 13 spoke to the victim's mother, who is seeking justice; we have protected her identity to protect the child.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office says it was a walk to the bathroom at Oscar Patterson Elementary School last week that put a 12-year old girl in harms way.
"My twelve year old is taking this hard and personally and wants to know if she going to be his last victim, because she doesn't want it to happen to another person," said the victim's mother.
Deputies say it began when 32-year old Quanzda Hillsman approached the girl, who volunteers at the school during the summer, and asked her for a hug.
"She gave him a hug, he touched her breast and touched her butt leaned over and said, ‘Lets go to the bathroom,' to my 12-year old daughter a 32-year old man," added the victim's mother.
Deputies say the girl was able to get away when two maintenance workers caught Hillsman by surprise.
"I can't stop thinking about what it could have been," the victim's mom added.
Investigators say Hillsman was with his mother, Sheila Perry, a paraprofessional at the school. The mom of the victim says given Hillsman's criminal history, his mother should be held responsible for bringing him on campus in the front place.
"She knew his prior offenses and allowed him to be around children at her job," said the victim's mother.
Bay District Schools Human Resources Director, Sharon Michalik says Perry did not follow protocol and their investigation revealed Hillsman was frequently on campus.
The victim's mom doesn't understand that of all the places, it was at school where she found herself in the hands of trouble.
"All of her life I've been a hard strict mom, not allowing her to go out of the arms reach of me. She's never alone in a store; she's never alone at the mall. I never let her go walk down the street with friends," she said. "I let my daughter go to a safe place I let her go to school the one place a mother should be allowed to let her child go and she was hurt and she wasn't safe."
Hillsman's mother, Sheila Perry is currently suspended with pay. There will be an informal hearing to discuss her future on Monday. School leaders also say the principal of Oscar Patterson could also face disciplinary actions, pending their investigation.
Hillsman's bond is set at $100,000 dollars.
This isn't the first time Quanzda Hillsman has been charged with sexual offenses. He was supposed to be in a mental hospital and has been arrested on similar charges several times.
His record goes back to 1998, when he was charged with False Imprisonment of a Child. The Bay County Sheriff's Office says he attempted to drag an 11-year old to a wooded area and told police he would have had sex with her if he had not been stopped.
In 200, he was charged with domestic violence. Fast forward to 2009, Hillsman was arrested for sexual battery and lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 12 years old. The victim was 8 years old. Due to being mentally incompetent to stand trial, he was ordered to Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia. Now, investigators are trying to figure out how he is out of that facility.
Because of Hillsman's mental state much of the court records are seals and he is not a registered sex offender. From the records News 13 was able to obtain, we know that the mental hospital was ordered to contact the court if Hillsman was to be released. News 13 will continue to follow this story.