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TUSD employee arrested on child molestation allegations

TUSD employee facing child molestation charges
Posted at 8:17 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 20:43:43-04

An employee for an after-school program with the Tucson Unified School District was arrested Tuesday on allegations of child molestation, according to a district statement. 

TUSD sent a letter to families at Booth-Fickett Magnet School with information about the employee, Shavonne Pilkington. The district said he was immediately removed from campus.

According to the letter, Pilkington passed criminal background checks. 






Below is a statement from TUSD: 

Student safety is of utmost importance at Tucson Unified School District. When we learned of the charges, we acted swiftly to remove the employee and notify Booth-Fickett parents of the arrest. As we noted in the letter to parents, we are cooperating fully with Tucson Police as they investigate this matter.  

KGUN 9 obtained a copy of the interim police complaint that says Pilkington touched a nine-year-old girl "inappropriately." The girl went on to say that he had her sit on his lap.

Pilkington admitted some of what the girl told police.

Pilkington, 19, is listed as an inmate at the Pima County Jail website with a $25,000 bond.

The Tucson Police Department says Pilkington is facing one count of molestation of a child.