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Investigation into allegations of student assaulted by staff member

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — A family attorney says DCFS is investigating allegations involving a Thomas Paine Elementary School student.

The investigation alleges a student was sexually assaulted by a staff member. An email was sent to parents Monday night a DCFS case is ongoing. We spoke to a family attorney. He says DCFS contacted representatives of the school district this weekend about the sexual assault allegations. The attorney says the child has special needs, and the family says the allegations are shocking and disappointing. The investigation is still in the early stages. Urbana schools says while DCFS investigates the concern, those involved are placed on leave until the conclusion of the investigation.

Urbana Police say the staff member in question no longer has access to children or any school facilities. A statement from Urbana Schools says “The primary goal of USD 116 is always to provide a safe and positive learning environment for our students. Since safety is of utmost importance, the district will ensure all students feel safe while in Urbana schools.”

Urbana School officials also released the following statement:

The District has been fully cooperating with DCFS. It is the policy of the Board that while DCFS investigates the concern those involved are placed on leave until the conclusion of the investigation.”

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