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TPS substitute accused of inappropriately touching student

A mother says her 10-year-old student at Arlington Elementary School was inappropriately touched by a substitute teacher. A mother says her 10-year-old student at Arlington Elementary School was inappropriately touched by a substitute teacher.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

One Toledo mother is accusing a Toledo Public School employee of inappropriately touching her daughter.

It has been just over 24 hours since the girl says she was touched by her substitute teacher, but the emotional ordeal for her and her mother is taking much longer to heal.

Michelle Chesser cannot help but cry. She says her 10-year-old daughter was cornered by a substitute teacher inside an Arlington Elementary School classroom.

"By the time she turned around, he had corned her by the desk and grabbed her belt area with his finger and stuck his two fingers down her pants," said Chesser.

Chesser's daughter is a special education student. She was inside the classroom with a friend getting extra help with homework. That is when the child says the teacher told her he liked her belt and for her to come closer.

Chesser raced over to the school once she heard a voicemail from the principal that said her daughter was not in trouble, but something happened with a substitute teacher.

According to TPS officials, the teacher was escorted off the school grounds.

Chesser was told by a school safety officer they would handle the situation and she did not need to contact police. However, a spokesperson for TPS says she must have misunderstood because that is against its policy.

"They said they were handling it. I talked to a detective today. No Toledo police have contacted me. No detective has contacted me," said Chesser.

TPS will conduct an internal review before determining if the case will be turned over to police, which could take weeks. The teacher will not be allowed to substitute in any TPS schools until an investigation is complete.

So far no charges have been filed in the case, but Chesser says she will file a police report Tuesday.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest as it develops.

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