[KHTS] – Law enforcement officials are investigating an allegation involving an Einstein Academy staff member, officials said Saturday.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau and Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to the 28100 block of Kelly Johnson Parkway around 9 a.m. Friday, according to officials.
Albert Einstein Academy for the Letters, Arts and Science officials contacted law enforcement as soon as the allegations were brought to their attention, said AEA high school Principal Ed Gika.
“(We contacted law enforcement) immediately after it was brought to our attention (Friday morning),” Gika said. “The individual who was allegedly involved is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is resolved.”
Gika declined to identify the staff member, because the allegations were still under investigation. He was not aware of any charges being filed as of Saturday morning.
LAPD officials confirmed detectives from the Foothill Division of the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a report, and were on campus to conduct an investigation.
Because of the location of the school, Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Special Victims Bureau confirmed deputies were notified — but they determined none of the allegations took place in the Santa Clarita Valley. The Special Victims Bureau focuses on child sexual and physical abuse investigations.
LAPD officials would not confirm the identity of any suspects or arrests made with respect to the investigation.
Witnesses reported students were being interviewed on campus Friday, and the school put out a statement obtained by KHTS AM-1220.
Dear AEA Families,
Today school leadership was made aware of very serious allegations involving a staff member. Be assured that we are taking all proper and necessary action, and that investigation into this matter is being handled by the proper authorities.
Right now, our focus and concern is exclusively for our students, and we are most concerned about rumors and misinformation that could be hurtful to them.
We will continue to update and apprise you of any developments as this matter progresses.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.