YALE, Okla. - A Yale math teacher and coach is accused of having a sexual relationship with at least one student but possibly several.
Investigators are not releasing his name, because he has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was told about the accusations on May 2nd.
Detectives have since been interviewing students, parents and teachers.
“I was shocked. Honestly, I was really mad, because I got a 13-year-old daughter that’s up there and goes to school and had him as a coach, as well,” said Ken Newman, a Yale parent.
Yale Schools Superintendent Dale Bledsoe released this statement to NewsChannel 4:
“The Yale School District takes the safety of its students very seriously and does everything it can to provide a safe learning environment. The district recently learned of allegations of inappropriate contact between a student and employee. The district immediately notified law enforcement of the allegations, and the district is currently cooperating with law enforcement. The staff member is on administrative leave while the matter is being investigated, and his employment automatically terminates at the end of school. The district will not comment further on this incident because of the ongoing criminal investigation and confidentiality rights of the parties involved.”
Yale police handed the investigation to the OSBI.
“I can tell you that OSBI gets requests like these from across the state at least once a month. This is becoming a very prevalent problem in our society,” said Jessica Brown with OSBI.
It is a problem that seems to have taken off with advancing technology and social media.
“This is a big deal, because these individuals, these adults are preying on children. No matter their age. If they’re 17 or even 18, they’re still a child, and it’s still against the law,” Brown said.
“It’s going to happen but, you know, we just got to be a little more strict with our background checks and just really try to get to know these people before we put them in to take care of our kids,” Newman said.
Parents are also learning what they can do better.
“I think we all really need to know who our kids are,” Newman said. “As long as we are teaching them right from wrong then, you know, we got to trust the good Lord, that he’ll help them out and take care of them.”