News|Teacher Who Was Under Investigation for Inappropriate Relationship With Student Arrested

A New Haven Public Schools teacher who was under investigation for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student, has been arrested.Last week, News 8 learned that a New Haven Public Schools teacher was under investigation after officials learned of a possible inappropriate relationship involving a student.

Kirvanna Jones is a teacher at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School located at 130 Leeder Hill Drive in Hamden. Her school bio posted online states that she is a New Haven native, who graduated from University of Hartford in 2014. It also states that she is a math teacher in her second year at the school.
On Wednesday, police obtained a signed arrest warrant and took Jones into custody. She is charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. She is being held on $75,000 bond.

Statement from Superintendent Garth Harries:

New Haven Police Department officials apprised me earlier today that they have arrested the ESUMS teacher placed on administrative leave last week. The warrant includes very serious allegations that, if true, break the fundamental trust and professional responsibility carried by every educator.

My primary and immediate concern remains, however, the well-being of students. The district has deployed resources to support the entire ESUMS community and continues to monitor the school closely.

The teacher is entitled to a presumption of innocence, a full and fair investigation, and due process. The NHPS investigation will follow that of the police department, gathering the relevant evidence and then determining the next steps. In the meantime, as is required by law, the teacher will remain out of school on a paid leave of absence.

As of Wednesday, officials say the investigation has not shown any evidence to indicate that any other students or teachers are involved in the alleged incident.

Police say the juvenile will not be identified.

Source: Fox 61

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