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Worker at Ursuline Academy arrested on suspicion of sexual contact with student

Worker at Ursuline Academy arrested on suspicion of sexual contact with student

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OAKLAND — A man working at Ursuline Academy, a girls Catholic high school, has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual contact with a student.

Arrest records show that a 30-year-old man was arrested Monday on school property, at 341 Sappington Road.

Kirkwood police refused to talk about the case, saying it was under investigation. Neither police nor Ursuline would say what the man is accused of doing.

The school’s president, Peggy Slater, said the student’s parents reported it to the school and the school contacted police. She sent the Post-Dispatch a written statement Tuesday, similar to one she had sent parents the day before.

“On October 4, 2021, Kirkwood Police arrested a contract services worker at Ursuline Academy,” according to Slater’s statement. “The person was arrested after a student made allegations of inappropriate behavior by the contract employee.”

Slater declined to say what kind of job the worker had at the high school. Slater said the worker had passed a background check. The firm that employed the man sent Ursuline on Monday a copy of the background check that had been conducted on him. Slater said it “didn’t reveal any areas of concern.”

Slater’s statement to the Post-Dispatch, as well as the one she sent parents, did not include the phrase sexual contact. Only the arrest record did. Slater called it “inappropriate behavior.”

Oakland is a municipality adjacent to Kirkwood and patrolled by Kirkwood police. Ursuline has about 400 students in grades nine through 12.

Slater went on in the statement to say that the safety of students is the school’s top priority and that Ursuline was cooperating with police. The workers are required to complete the Protecting God’s Children program through the Archdiocese, she said.

Slater declined to tell the newspaper any more about the allegation, including where the abuse allegedly took place. Slater said she was going to stick with her written statement and not say more.

According to an arrest record, the man lives in the Jennings area. Online court records show no criminal cases in his past in Missouri. He was not listed as being jailed Tuesday in St. Louis County.

Sexual contact with a student is a felony in Missouri, punishable by up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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