Wichita Police confirm that they have arrested the assistant principal of Cloud Elementary School and are holding him for suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He is expected to be formally charged in court in the next two days.
Spokesman Gordon Bassham says the man was arrested Wednesday and that the alleged act occurred on school property sometime within the last two weeks.
Meanwhile, USD 259 authorities aren't saying much about what they know. The following is a letter that was sent home to Cloud parents on Wednesday:
Dear Cloud parents,
The education and safety of our children is our main concern here at Cloud. It is for this reason that I wanted to make you aware of a situation involving one of our employees.
Two weeks ago, an allegation of misconduct with a child was made to the Wichita Police Department. As is our school district policy, the employee was immediately placed on leave pending the investigation.
Our school and our district have and are continuing to cooperate fully with Wichita Police as they conduct their investigation. While I can understand that you may want more information, I can assure you that our actions since this report first emerged have been focused on the safety of all Cloud children.
We will remain vigilant about the safety of our students, and ask that you do the same. If you have any concerns about your child or any aspect of his or her day within our school community, please don't hesitate to call me at 973-9200 so I can immediately address your concerns.
We appreciate your on-going support of Cloud Elementary.