Disturbing allegations eerily similar to the child molestation case of Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky and the downfall of others appears to be unfolding right here in Jackson. Three educators at Green Elementary school were indicted today in a child molestation investigation.
Sources tell WLBT two young children lodged complaints against their music teacher on allegations that they were touched inappropriately. We spoke to Lt. Jeffrey Scott with the Hinds County Sheriff's department. "So these two children alleged what happened? "I'd rather not get into the specifics of it, but you can imagine with that type of charge, it very serious and so that's why the indictments were issued."
Even more disturbing, an unidentified teacher and the school principal were supposedly made aware of the children's troubling stories, but allegedly did not report the incidents as mandated by law.
We received a tip and then contacted the Sheriff's department. Within an hour, our cameras captured Sheriff's deputies at Green Elementary as they sped off from the school. And moments later at JPS's complex where deputies tried to serve the indictments.
We asked them, "Are you about to serve warrants on the principal of Green Elementary and two teachers? No comment. You can't tell us what this is about? I understand they are about to be arrested."
Since nothing was reported two months ago, the music teacher who is allegedly involved in this sex crimes case remained in the classroom despite an outcry from the parents.
According to Scott, "Well that's the disturbing part, again I know that this is something that's a hot topic, some of the other cases around the country, that's why we take them so seriously."
The charges include two counts of gratification of lust by the unidentified music teacher and failure to report the incidents against a teacher and the principal. "We still have several students and teachers to interview as well, but the information we have at this point in time lead to the indictments."
A crimes against children case that no longer remains a well kept secret by adults in charge.
Jackson Public Schools released a statement through the attorney for the District, Joanne Shepherd. The District is in the process of gathering information regarding this matter. Until we learn more about the facts and circumstances, we will have no further comment.
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