Police: “No evidence” to support child sex assault allegations

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The family of a Thomas Paine Elementary student who was alleged to have been a victim of inappropriate physical conduct says they’re not satisfied with the results of a multi-agency investigation.

Through their lawyer, Chad Beckett of Urbana, the family released a statement to WCIA.

“The family does not believe the matter is concluded as suggested in a statement from the school district,” he said. “We will have further comment in due course.”

A call to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services prompted an investigation into the alleged conduct earlier this week, and resulted in members of school staff being placed on leave.

Multiple agencies said Friday in a news release that “no crime occurred during the incident in question.”

“In response to the hotline call, DCFS investigators, detectives from the Urbana Police Department, and an attorney from the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation,” a press release from Urbana Police on Friday said. “That investigation included interviews with the student and school staff member in question, as well as potential witnesses to the alleged conduct.”

“Additionally, the investigation concluded that the information initially provided to school administrators would not have required reporting to DCFS pursuant to mandated reporter requirements,” according to the release. “The investigation will soon be finalized.”

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