ELK GROVE, Calif. – January 14, 2019 – The Elk Grove Unified School District has responded to a report alleging that a Laguna Creek High School volunteer had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor. The District takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously and school officials immediately contacted law enforcement to investigate. The safety of our students is our top priority and reports of such criminal behavior is alarming. The suspect, Mr. Melville, who was not on campus when the allegations were reported, was contacted by law enforcement and subsequently taken into custody.
Mr. Melville had been cleared as a District volunteer in 2012 and obtained fingerprint clearance at that time. Since then, he has provided services to the Laguna Creek High School band in that capacity. Mr. Melville is not a District employee. Upon learning of allegations of misconduct on the part of Mr. Melville, the District has also taken immediate action to notify him that he would no longer be permitted to provide services in any capacity to District students.
In situations such as this, school and district officials work closely with law enforcement to ensure student safety and immediately investigate. District officials also coordinate communication efforts with law enforcement to avoid interfering with or jeopardizing the investigation.
In addition to providing support for the victim and the victim’s family, the District will also provide a team of counselors who will be available on campus to work with those students and staff who wish to speak with them. This additional support will remain in place as long as it is needed.
Thanks to continued outreach to students, staff and parents, these incidents came to light because the District encourages people that “If they SEE something or KNOW something, to SAY something.” These incidents were reported by concerned individuals who felt comfortable coming forward with the information. While the District undeniably prefers that none of these situations had occurred, District and school officials are grateful they were brought to light so they could be appropriately addressed. The District will continue to foster an environment where students and staff feel comfortable coming forward and reporting inappropriate conduct.
The District follows preventative measures outlined for schools that are enumerated in a U.S. Department of Education study, “Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature,” a Policy and Program Studies Service published in 2004 by the Under Secretary. The District recently communicated and enforced volunteer protocols requiring fingerprinting and background checks on all volunteers who work regularly with students at every school site. Furthermore, all employees must complete Mandatory Reporter Training.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.
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