Valdez Elementary School staffer charged with sex assault on a child
Matthew Melendez on unpaid leave
Last Updated: 108 days ago
DENVER - A Valdez Elementary School staff member is on unpaid leave after being charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, according the Denver Public Schools District.
Parents at the school on West 29th Avenue in Denver learned of the charge against Matthew Melendez, a paraprofessional at the pre-kindergarten to 5th grade school, in a letter from Valdez principal Jessica Buckley, dated Aug. 23.
DPS spokesman Michael Vaughn confirmed the information in the letter, adding "there is nothing beyond what is in that letter that we can say."
The charge stems from an incident that allegedly occurred last year, according to the letter.
"Melendez has been placed on unpaid leave and will not be permitted at our school."
Investigators have no reason to believe there are additional "victims," according to the letter.
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