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Mt. Diablo district corrects erroneous information about yard duty arrest

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 6:59 pm in Crime, Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

Janis Thompson, 44, of Martinez

Janis Thompson, 44, of Martinez

By Theresa Harrington
In an effort to quickly get information out to parents about the arrest of a noontime yard duty supervisor earlier today, the Mt. Diablo school district inadvertently distributed erroneous information about where the arrest occurred.
Janis Thompson, 44, was arrested at her Martinez home and not at Hidden Valley Elementary in Martinez, as originally reported by the district. The Martinez police and Contra Costa Times released accurate information to the public.
Superintendent Steven Lawrence said the district assumed the arrest had occurred at the school, based on conversations with the principal and police. Lawrence said he has recorded an automated telephone call, which parents should receive this evening.
Here is the corrected message:
“This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Martinez Police Department arrested one of our employees, a noon duty supervisor at Hidden Valley Elementary school. The employee is alleged to have committed child exploitation acts using the Internet and X-box. The Martinez Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have conducted an extensive investigation and have not identified any Hidden Valley Elementary School or Mt. Diablo Unified School District students as potential victims.
District administration has taken appropriate action to keep all our children safe, and this employee will not return to work unless the allegations are found to be false. I would like to ensure you that every employee receives a finger print clearance prior to their first day on the job.
This police investigation is an important reminder of the vigilance we must all use to monitor our children’s communications and interactions on the Internet.
If you receive any information that you believe can assist law enforcement in their investigation please contact Martinez Police Detective Mike Estanol at 925-372-3452.”
More informatation about the arrest is on the Contra Costa Times website.

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