After-school coordinator at Crescent Elk is arrested
A local after-school program coordinator was arrested Monday following accusations of inappropriately touching middle school students.
Gary Moore, 52, was arrested by Crescent City Police officers following a complaint from a parent of a 12-year-old Crescent Elk Middle School student about three weeks ago, said Police Chief Doug Plack.
Moore was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, lewd conduct with a minor and sexual battery, according to a Police Department press release.
Several other students have reported inappropriate behavior by Moore, Plack said.
“We were notified by a parent who was extremely concerned about the environment their child was placed in; as the investigation proceeded numerous other parents felt the same way,” said Plack.
Other complaints involved Moore speaking inappropriately with students about relationships and distributing condoms, Plack said.
“The protection and welfare of the children is paramount, and I would encourage other parents to come forward and assist us in this investigation if they have any information,” said Plack.
Moore was placed on administrative leave immediately following the complaint, said Don Olson, superintendent of the Del Norte County Unified School District.
“I feel badly for the students and feel badly for the parents involved,” said Olson. “The community puts their trust in us to safeguard their children and we want to make sure it’s happening.”
Moore was the coordinator of Crescent Elk’s after-school program for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.
The grant-funded program provides students more academic and recreational enrichment, Olson said.
“In light of the arrest, the CCPD is reminding all parents to speak with their children about inappropriate touching as well as who they can talk to if they are the victims of inappropriate touching,” the police press release stated.