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Cosumnes Oaks employee removed from classroom for alleged relationship with student

Cosumnes Oaks High School
Cosumnes Oaks High School

A Cosumnes Oaks High School employee is under investigation for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

The employee has been placed on administrative leave but is not under arrest, according to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull and the Elk Grove Unified School District.

A “qualified person” has replaced the employee in the classroom, according to an Elk Grove Unified press release. The district has not specified the employee’s position.

Elk Grove Unified notified law enforcement on April 19 and informed parents the next day, district spokeswoman Xanthi Pinkerton said.

This is the fourth time an Elk Grove Unified employee or volunteer has been investigated for inappropriate behavior related to children during the last 13 months. Elk Grove Unified serves 63,000 students and is the largest district in the region.

  • In December, Christopher C. Kinney, a volunteer at Prairie Elementary, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce child pornography. The alleged crime did not involve students at the school, but parents criticized the school for not notifying them of his arrest.
  • In July, Eric Ernest Echols, 29, an aide at Prairie Elementary, was arrested on suspicion of child molestation and placed on paid administrative leave after a two-month investigation by Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives into allegations he had inappropriate contact with six children, ages 7 to 8, between July 2015 and July 2016.
  • In March 2016, Sheldon High School physical education teacher John Misplay was arrested for engaging in inappropriate communications with two 17-year-old students. In February, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail and five years’ probation for attempted statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Diana Lambert: 916-321-1090, @dianalambert

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