School employee arrested on CSC allegations

By: April Lehmbeck | Online Only | Published October 27, 2011

Police arrested an employee at Harper Woods High School Oct. 26 for alleged criminal sexual conduct involving a student in the district.

They were continuing their investigation into the alleged incident today with plans to approach the prosecutor’s office with the case later in the day. The suspect, who is a resident of Oakland County, was arrested, processed and released pending charges in the case.

They made the arrest at the school before noon.

“He’s a male in his 30s, and he was arrested for second-degree criminal sexual conduct,” Acting Police Chief James Burke said.

Police were anticipating an arraignment on charges would take place on Friday or Monday. They were still investigating the matter and did not release further details on the allegations.

A search warrant was executed at the school and the suspect’s house.

“Right now, it’s just one alleged incident with one victim,” Burke said, adding that the safety of the students is his department’s priority.

Superintendent Todd Biederwolf wrote a letter to parents, and it is available on the district’s website. He also emphasized the commitment to student safety.

The district placed the employee on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“The alleged victim is described as a high school student in the district and at this time we have no reason to believe other students or other schools are directly impacted,” Biederwolf stated. “Nevertheless, I am sure this allegation is concerning to each of us.

“While it is human nature to want to speculate on cases such as these, speculation and rumor are seldom helpful,” he stated. “Therefore, I encourage that at this time both staff and the community keep their focus on the daily educational services we provide our students.”

The district planned to provide counseling and academic support to students in the district who react emotionally over the allegations, according to the letter.