Oroville Police investigating Thermalito school employee for allegations involving minors

The employee worked at the Plumas Avenue School.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 3:20 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2020 2:45 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - One Plumas Avenue School employee has been placed on administrative leave as Oroville Police investigates allegations of "inappropriate activities with minors". The Thermalito Union Elementary School District superintendent announced the investigation on Oct. 21.

At this time, Superintendent Greg Blake says the allegations do not appear to have happened on the school campus.

69-year-old Victor Lopez, who has worked at the school for four years as a campus supervisor, was arrested by police on Oct. 20 and immediately placed on administrative leave. Superintendent Blake says Lopez will remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Lopez was booked into the Butte County Jail on various sexual assault charges.

"TUESD responds to each and every reported act of misconduct seriously," the superintendent said. "The school district will cooperate fully with the police department during the on-going investigation."

Superintendent Blake says because of legal restrictions involving employee personnel issues and student-family confidentiality, the district will not comment on any pending disciplinary action.

"TUESD has no greater priority than the safety of our students," Blake said. "We do not tolerate conduct from any individual that comprises student safety or betrays the trust place in our professionals. We remain committed to taking all necessary actions to ensure that our students are educated in a safe environment."

Blake says no further information will be released by his district.

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