SACRAMENTO, CA - Bradshaw Christian School has removed a daycare instructional aide accused of inappropriate acts.
A letter sent home to parents said the aide, Jeremiah Ellington, was removed once the school learned of inappropriate conversations between Ellington and students via social media.
The letter, written by Superintendent Michelle Reynolds, said theallegations were reported to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators first came to the school on June 4, according to sheriff's spokesman DeputyJason Ramos, who called the allegations as"serious."
"You have an individual that's in a position of trust and it involves alleged illegal activity with people that are under age, so that's very serious," Ramos said.
Reynolds' letter also said an investigator will be speaking with the students and parents directly involved, and that the school was instructed to give no further details at this time.
Ramos said earlier confusion on whether the investigation was criminal or not was resolved Tuesday evening bysheriff's department investigators and that a miscommunication had taken place earlier.
"I've recently been able to confirm with investigators that there is, in fact, an investigation underway into the allegations that came forward to us two weeks ago," Ramos said.
A parent said the daycare instructional aide had inappropriate discussions witha numberof 12, 13 and 14-year-old boys.
A letter sent home to parents from the school said only that "inappropriate conversations, primarily via social media" had taken place, "with a select group of students."
While the school is sending out the letters to parents naming Ellington, the letter did not provide more detail on what he is alleged to have done.
Ellington declined to comment.
Some parents at the school were angered that they had not been notified by letter until last week, over a week after investigators began their work.
"I'm a little bit shocked. This is the first time I'm hearing about it," parent Christine Wilson said. "I don't know how I feel about it at this point. I've got to let it sink in."
Ramos said the investigation is expected to wrap up in the next few days.
It will be up to the district attorney to decide if charges will be filed.