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Baldwin Co. DA: Not Enough Evidence to Charge Daphne Elementary Employee

DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG)- The Baldwin County District Attorney's office is speaking about what police call a child sex abuse investigation at Daphne Elementary School.

The District Attorney's office tells News 5 the employee, who's name we aren't releasing since he hasn't been terminated or arrested, hasn't been charged because the evidence isn't there.

Baldwin County Child Sex Crimes Prosecutor Matt Simpson tells us they've been working hard on this case from the beginning, "As far as I'm aware at this point, there has been no evidence of a crime occurring. There's been no criminal act that has occurred for anything that we found evidence of," said Simpson.

However, News 5 has been contacted by several parents who have come forward saying they've complained about inappropriate behavior between the employee and their children. On Wednesday on News 5 at 10, we will have an exclusive interview with a mother who filed a police report about the employee.

Documents show the employee, who's been with the district for years, was arrested in June for violating a domestic violence protection order. This arrest is not related in any way to the allegations by parents of Daphne Elementary students. But parents also told News 5 that the staff member was required to wear an ankle monitor bracelet, while he was on the job at the school because of the protection order violation. News 5 Investigators uncovered court documents that back up those claims, showing the employee was issued a monitor and he would have been wearing it while he was still working at the school, before he was placed on leave. We asked Baldwin County Schools to respond to this new information, but they refused. News 5 Investigators wanted to know what the district's policy is in cases like this, if employees accused of violent crimes are normally allowed to continue working on campus. Again, the domestic violence case is not connected to the accusations of inappropriate behavior leveled by parents.

 

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