8 Whistleblowers In Skelly Investigation

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Updated: 4/30/2010 2:10 pm Published: 4/29/2010 8:15 pm

An elementary administrator at a Tulsa Pubic School is under fire after allegations he inappropriately touched a six-year-old boy and possibly other male students.

FOX23 continues to provide new information as we’re the only station to talk to the parents of that six-year-old who attends Skelly Elementary.

The school district says it will not comment any further and will not release e-mails or letters pertaining to the investigation.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford explains how many staff members tried to blow the whistle before Tulsa Police were contacted by alleged victim’s family.

Tulsa police tell FOX23 that packet of e-mails and letters TPS Area Superintendent Millard House gave police on April 23, 2010, included eight e-mails and letter from Skelly staff members.

Court records show those staff members witnessed the administrator inappropriately touching, rubbing and hugging potential victims at Skelly.

Police say right now they’re investigating four to five students who are potential victims.

As Tulsa Police Child Crisis detectives continue to interview potential victims of child molestation at Skelly Elementary, they’re also investigating the administrator’s computers.

A search warrant affidavit filed in court states, “The emails describe what the staff members believe to be inappropriate touching, rubbing and hugging of multiple males students by the Defendant," says the TPD investigator in the Affidavit. "The emails also describe young boys being alone with the Defendant in his dimly lit office, using the Defendants laptop computer."  

"He's taking advantage of kids by trying to be nice and affectionate and he wouldn't even know that he was doing something wrong with them," says the father of the alleged victim.

On Tuesday the father exclusively told FOX23 he didn’t know his son was reportedly being touched by the man until a month after the allegations.

It wasn’t until another Skelly employee told them what she witnessed.

"While she was talking to him he was constantly rubbing his stomach chest and back,” says the mother of the alleged victim.

Records show the six-year-old boy-who has a severe speech problem-told police a similar story.

"He showed them where he touched him on his body and on his private parts," says the father.

The school district says TPS Police were not involved in an internal investigation and will not comment whether Skelly and Area Superintendent Millard House did their own investigation. However, the parents claim the school did warn the suspect.

"Mr. House told us personally that this guy, that he investigated it and he was too affectionate with kids. And that's what, and he said he even turned it over to his lawyers and that is what he called it, too affectionate with kids and he got a verbal warning," says the father.

So the parents went to Tulsa Police and now Child Crisis detectives have begun and are continuing a criminal investigation.

FOX23 did speak with the alleged victim’s attorney declined to comment on the investigation but did say his clients are being honest.

District Attorney Tim Harris says he has not received any evidence in the case and police say it may be until Monday or Tuesday when they finish interviewing the potential victims.

FOX23 is not broadcasting the administrator’s name or school history because he has not been arrested or charged.

The employee has been suspended with pay pending the investigation.

TPS says it is cooperating with police and ensures the safety of its students.

The district did release employment records showing the man worked with the TPS district since 1993 as an elementary teacher for most of those years.

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