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Police Investigate Teacher’s Assistant

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Central Point Police are looking into allegations of inappropriate or illegal conduct between one employee and a student at Crater High School. The Central Point School District has removed that employee from its high school campus.

Students resumed class today, including one student involved in an alleged illegal incident with an instructional assistant. What that “illegal” incident was, exactly, is still unknown.

Central Point Police are not giving specifics on what happened, whether it was an inappropriate relationship or possibly drug-related, but investigators say they heard about this incident on Friday by Crater High School staff. The allegation was brought forward by several students.

“It’s our understanding at the police department, that the district has done what they needed to do to ensure that that faculty member doesn’t have contact with students while the investigation is ongoing,” said Central Point Police Lt. Scott Logue.

This isn’t the first investigation Crater High School has dealt with before when it comes to investigating employees. Last year in June, 28-year-old Sarah Swanson, a former teacher at the high school, turned herself in for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student. In 2010, a school resource officer was fired after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a 2008 Crater graduate came to surface.

As for the alleged illegal conduct with the teacher’s aide, the district is not releasing the name of the assistant or the name of the student involved. There are also no criminal charges or any arrests made in this case.

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  1. Crater Grad says:

    Wow, check your facts before you do a report… Sarah Suhrstedt (Swanson was her maiden name, so also do a fact-check there) did not “claim she had a sexual relationship with a student” as your video states. She turned herself in because there was a warrant for her as part of the investigation. She never once said that the allegations were true or admitted to anything. The allegations brought against her were potentially career- and life-ruining, and I don’t believe for one second that they are true. She was a newlywed at the time and a great teacher to boot, plus someone I personally respect a lot. Don’t spread lies about people, especially about stuff this serious. That being said, I really hope that these reports are not true… But I also hope that the media doesn’t twist this and turn someone into a monster who just isn’t and doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment.

    1. Friend of Sarah says:

      Crater Grad,

      As someone who has known Sarah for a long time, I truly hope that most Crater students share your views of her. It’s a shame to see someone who is so talented and so passionate about teaching be forced out due to lies and misinformation. She is a beautiful person inside and out and anyone who has ever met her knows that she is innocent.

  2. concerned citizen says:

    THREE TIMES THIS HAPPENED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL!!! 4 TIMES IN OUR COMMUNITY!!! WHEN WILL THIS STOP? WHEN WILL SOMEONE COME FORWARD AND CLEAN UP OUR POLICE AND SCHOOL?! SOMEONE NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING NOW BEFORE ANOTHER CHILD IS TARGETED!!!

  3. Current Crater Student says:

    I currently go to crater and I know the person that is being charged and I think that he make an honest mistake and should be given a second chance and if not at least not work at crater anymore…

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