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GDOE investigating sexual assault, abuse at two schools

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The Guam Department of Education is investigating two separate incidents that allegedly took place at a local elementary and high school, including an alleged sexual assault.

“We are aware of a sexual assault allegation made by a student against a Guam Community College teacher at a high school in May," GDOE spokesperson Isa Baza said. "The incident was reported to the proper agencies and the teacher was immediately removed from the school site. We are working with the GCC to conclude our joint investigation.” 

Guam Community College teachers teach Career and Technical Education classes in GDOE public schools, according to GCC’s website.

Meanwhile, the department is also investigating an alleged incident of child abuse committed by a teacher at a Yigo elementary school.

“The incident was reported to the proper agencies and the employee was removed immediately from the school site pending the close of the investigation,” Baza said.

The incidents come on the heels of a series of school safety partnership meetings held by GDOE and partner agencies.

“Ensuring the safety of our students is a top priority at the Guam Department of Education, and all employees are required to undergo a series of clearances before they are allowed to work at GDOE schools or divisions," Baza said in a statement. "All applicants undergo background checks and drug testing, and must also provide police and court clearances."

“In the event there is an allegation against an employee, especially where children are involved, procedures are followed to immediately address safety concerns pending the completion of the investigation,” Baza said.

GDOE will not release the names of the schools where the incidents took place to protect the privacy of the alleged victims. No other information was provided.

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