Sexual assault complaints filed in 3 schools, according to GDOE

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Guam – The Guam Department of Education received complaints of sexual assault allegedly committed by teachers or school employees against students.

The reports came from three schools, according to GDOE.

GDOE received the first complaint in April, and it involved a student and an employee at a Yigo elementary school.

GDOE spokeswoman Isa Baza said the department had reported the incident to the proper authorities and the employee removed immediately from the school site pending investigation.

The second complaint was filed at a Mangilao High school, and it also involved an employee, according to Baza.

A source revealed that the GDOE employee allegedly carried out multiple inappropriate relationships with students.

While Baza could not confirm the details of the accusations, she did confirm that authorities removed the employee from the school pending the close of the investigation.

The third sexual assault complaint was filed by a student against a Guam Community College Teacher at a Yigo high school this month.

The incident was reported to authorities, and the teacher was immediately removed from the school.

Baza said, “We are working with GCC to conclude our joint investigation.”

She added, “That investigation includes interviews with the complainant, witnesses, and anyone else who may have been involved or impacted based on what we learned. We err on the side of student safety. School administrators have been advised by the superintendent to be vigilant in ensuring that any alleged misconduct is reported immediately in order to ensure that proper action can be taken.”

She further stated that in the event there is an allegation against an employee, especially where children are involved, procedures are followed to address safety concerns pending the completion of the investigation.

 

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.