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Officials seek sexual assault charges against former school employee

Clayton County Public Schools police Chief Clarence Cox, center, addresses the media regarding an investigation into a former employee's conduct. The employee may face charges of sexual assault, sexual exploitation of children and possessing a weapon on school grounds. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Clayton County Public Schools police Chief Clarence Cox, center, addresses the media regarding an investigation into a former employee's conduct. The employee may face charges of sexual assault, sexual exploitation of children and possessing a weapon on school grounds. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — School officials are investigating a case of alleged employee misconduct linked to charges of sexual assault and exploitation and on-campus weapon possession.

Clayton County Public Schools police Chief Clarence Cox gave limited details during a Tuesday afternoon press conference about a former school employee at Charles Drew High accused of the misconduct.

Cox said the allegations came to light through information from another police agency Monday morning that resulted in an administrative inquiry by the district’s Human Resource staff. The information prompted an immediate criminal investigation conducted by Clayton County Public Schools police and Clayton County police.

Cox said that, based on the initial findings, there was probable cause to seek charges against Roderick Arrington, 30, who is being charged with one felony count of sexual assault, one felony count of sexual exploitation of children and one count of possessing a weapon on school grounds.

The chief declined to go into details about the charges.

“Although Mr. Arrington is no longer an employee of the Clayton County school district, this remains a fluid investigation,” he said, “and to provide any further details surrounding these charges could have a negative impact on witnesses in this case.”

Cox said that parents at the school were notified by letter and by robo-call.

“In our efforts to maintain a safe environment for our students, staff and visitor, we will investigate wrong-doing on our campuses no matter who it involves,” he said. “It’s not going to be tolerated.”