GLENPOOL — A 16-year-old Glenpool High School student has been arrested after reportedly admitting to inappropriately touching two young girls in a computer class at the district’s elementary school.
Glenpool police said they became aware of one victim, a 7-year-old girl, when her mother met with officers April 1. Investigators said they learned of a second possible victim after speaking with the suspect Thursday.
The mother of the first alleged victim — a first-grader at Glenpool Elementary School, which is located next to the high school — contacted police April 1 after her daughter told her that “Mr. K.” had touched her privates, according to an arrest report.
The girl said she was in a computer class that she attends on Fridays when the teacher’s aide referred to as Mr. K. touched her in “inappropriate spots,” the report says. It indicates that other elementary students were in the classroom at the time.
According to the girl, the aide asked her whether she liked being touched, prompting her to ask her mother later in the day what that meant, the report states.
In an interview with police, the victim said the aide was a student at the high school and had rubbed her before, but not on her private parts, according to the report.
Investigators identified the high school student as the suspect. Officers contacted his foster parent, who agreed to let them interview the boy, the report states.
After being read his rights, the teen agreed to speak with police without an attorney present. He admitted to inappropriately touching the girl but said he didn’t remember saying anything to her, according to the report.
He told police that “he had done this to another little girl in this class” but did not know her name, the report states. He also said he “knows it was wrong but could not control himself,” the report states.
Glenpool Public Schools released a statement in light of the arrest.
“The safety of our students is always our first concern, and we are working with law enforcement authorities in the investigation,” the statement reads. “However, due to the nature of the allegations and the ongoing investigation, the District is unable to offer any further comment at this time.”
During a news conference Friday, city spokeswoman Mandy Vavrinak said a teacher was present when the act is alleged to have occurred and that the high school student was helping younger students log onto computers.
“I want to be clear that this was a situation that was not in anything other than an open classroom,” she said. “This was not happening in some dark corner. This was not that kind of an incident.”
As far as whether any administrative action would be taken regarding the teacher, that would be up to the school district, Police Chief Dennis Waller said.
The teenage student was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of lewd acts with a child younger than 12 years old, with bail set at $50,000, jail records indicate.
He was flagged as a juvenile, meaning he is separated from adults at the facility but is being held at the Tulsa Jail instead of a juvenile detention center, according to a jail official.
Vavrinak said after the news conference that police intend to file an additional complaint of lewd acts with a child younger than 12 because of the suspect’s statements to police during the interview.
She could not specify whether police had identified or spoken with the second child.
The school district informed the city that “the alleged perpetrator will not be returning to the district,” Vavrinak said. Superintendent Jerry Olansen was not at Friday’s news conference.
Waller said police have not dealt with the suspect before.