BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — Parents are expressing concerns after a janitor at a Middle Tennessee elementary school was accused of spying on girls in a bathroom.
The Tennessean reports 48-year-old Victor Manuel Alvarado of Antioch remained jailed Monday in Williamson County on a charge of observation without consent. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
Alvarado had worked at Scales Elementary School in Brentwood for two years, though he was employed by Ohio-based GCA Services Group, which holds a contract with the school.
Parents raised questions during a school meeting about whether Alvarado was properly vetted before being hired.
Chris Stovall was among hundreds of parents who attended a school meeting about the incident and said he still has questions.
“I would want to know what steps were taken to vet the contractor, what steps are taken at the school level to verify the backgrounds of these workers that are coming on site and what steps are taken to supervise these workers when they are on-site,” Stovall said.
School and GCA officials say background checks were run but turned up nothing.
“All proper background checks were conducted and documentation was in place,” wrote Neil A. Guliano, vice president of marketing for Cleveland-based GCA. “Upon learning of the incident at Scales Elementary, GCA Education Services immediately terminated Mr. Alvarado. GCA is fully supporting law enforcement and school officials to resolve this matter.”
The Williamson County Schools also said Alvarado had been properly vetted.
“State law requires all contractors to be fingerprinted just as school employees are fingerprinted,” said schools spokeswoman Carol Birdsong. “We use the FBI/NCIC. His fingerprint reveals no criminal record.”
Counseling Specialist Pamela Lankford said the school has a team of counselors available for children who have questions or problems. She recommended that parents share age-appropriate information with their children, but try to get back to a normal routine.
“The sooner you return them to normalcy the better, and it seemed very normal at Scales (Monday),” Lanford said.
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