A program leader for the Sacramento's "START" after-school program and part-time employee with the Sacramento City Unified School District is being called a possible suspect in the alleged sexual assault of a child, according to the Sacramento Police Department.
The alleged assault is thought to have occurred at Mark Twain Elementary School, police said. The investigation into the alleged assault began Tuesday afternoon.
The employee was immediately released by the Sacramento City Unified School District and placed on administrative leave by the city of Sacramento.
The employee has not been arrested at this time, and police said they do not believe that he poses an immediate risk to the public.
The following message was sent out by the school district Wednesday evening.
“Dear Mark Twain Families:
Today, Sacramento Police Department investigators informed school administrators that a part-time Mark Twain employee is under investigation for alleged child sexual assault. This employee also works for our city-operated after school program. Upon receiving this information, the employee was immediately released from service by the district and will not be back on campus. We are cooperating fully with police investigators and providing as much information as we have available to help them with their case.
I want you to know that we take these allegations extremely seriously and that the safety and security of our students continues to be a top priority at Mark Twain. I will continue to keep our school community updated with as much information as possible while still protecting the privacy of all involved and the integrity of the police investigation. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.”
No further information on the identity of the suspect was immediately available.