Perry-Lecompton paraprofessional under investigation

PERRY (KSNT) — It’s a fear nearly every parent has: Sending their child to school only to find out a person interacting with them every day has been sexually inappropriate. It’s a reality parents at Perry-Lecompton joint Middle and High School are dealing with right now. A paraprofessional has been dismissed from the school after allegations of inappropriate texts, calls, and interactions with male students were reported.

Denis Yoder, USD 343 Superintendent, says they “were made aware of allegations on Monday and we immediately conducted an investigation.”

Yoder says their investigation didn’t take long “and as the result of that investigation, this person will no longer be on our school campus.”

Yoder wouldn’t be specific about what happened or how many students are involved. Perry Police Chief Ramon Gonzales confirmed they’re also investigating the allegations, but isn’t saying much else right now, either.

“At this point it’s an active investigation, it’s ongoing,” Gonzalez says. So far there have been no arrests. “In order to anything at this point we’re going to have to have facts,” he says, “Right now it’s an allegation, it’s innuendo, it’s hearsay.”

Gonzalez says until there is hard evidence, the police department will continue to work with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in order to conduct more interviews about these allegations. Perry Police say when their investigation is over, any potential charges would be referred to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

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