Newbury Park Teacher on Leave After Contact with Student
March 16, 2012
A Newbury Park teacher has been placed on administrative leave following accusations of having inappropriate contact with a student.
The teacher was placed on leave in February after someone associated with the student contacted school officials.
“That’s standard administrative procedure for us — that employees are put on paid administrative leave while an investigation is being conducted,” Conejo Valley Unified School District superintendent Jeff Baarstad said to the VC Star. “When there’s that kind of accusation, you can’t keep them in the classroom while the investigation runs its course.”
The school district declined to identify the teacher or the student, although it did confirm that the student is male. The district also the alleged contact occurred in Los Angeles, where the teacher lives, and did not occur on school property. The student voluntarily left Newbury Park High School after the allegations were made.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department was made aware of the incident, and the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating, although no arrests have been made. It was not immediately clear who the primary investigator is within the LAPD.
This is a developing story. We will provide more information as it becomes available.