D.C. police say a man accused of sexually abusing a 14 year-old boy was able to pull the victim out of school by falsely claiming to be the boy's godfather.The victim told the police that Nelson signed him out of Shaw junior high school using the godfather ruse; police are currently investigating the details. If it is confirmed that this is what happened it will be another black eye for DCPS with respect to student safety. What kind of policy allows a godparent to check a student out of school?
Investigators say the victim's family did not know 40 year-old Ralph Nelson, a neighbor who was arrested Friday and charged with child sexual abuse. Nelson is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
[Shaw is a junior high school, not high school as originally posted]
UPDATE: More in the Post:
Alexis Moore, a D.C. public schools spokeswoman, said yesterday that she did not know whether Nelson's name was on the teenager's enrollment form.Well, at least we now know that DCPS has a policy in place to keep just anyone from removing a student from school. The next question is whether Nelson's name was on the enrollment form, and if not, why the heck a school official still allowed the victim to be signed out by him multiple times?
"It is our policy that the name of a parent, guardian or appointed representative has to be on the child's enrollment form," Moore said. "If your name is not there, you have no permission or access to the child or the child's record."