A McLoughlin Middle School staffer was arrested Friday after Pasco district officials informed the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office of an allegation she had inappropriate contact with a student.
Megan N. Deleon, 25, of Pasco, was booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of communications with a minor for immoral purposes.
The district has placed her on paid administrative leave as law enforcement investigates, according to a news release.
“While we make no judgments of guilt at this time, if true, the allegations represent a breach of our trust and a disappointing departure from our standards for all district employees,” the district’s release said. “Safety of our students is the highest priority of our school and district staff.”
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Deleon was hired by the district as a substitute paraeducator on Nov. 1, 2015. She was then hired in January to a temporary paraeducator position for the remainder of the school year on a non-continuing contract.
The district informed the sheriff’s office of the allegations involving Deleon and at least one student on Tuesday. Investigators worked with the district over the past few days to conduct a preliminary investigation, which included search warrants and interviews.
Deleon will be held until the Franklin County prosecutors review criminal charges against her. The investigation into her conduct is ongoing and more charges are possible.
The district has said it will not provide more information about the investigation and is referring questions to law enforcement.
Anyone with information related to the investigation should also call the sheriff’s office, while concerned parents can contact McLoughlin Principal Dominique Dennis at 509-547-4542.