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Foster Grandparent Program releases statement after sexual assault accusation

Table Rock Elementary (Sarina Sandoval/KTVL)

A kindergartner was sexually assaulted at Table Rock Elementary School returned to school Monday.

The suspect who was arrested, 72-year-old Jerry Lodge, was a volunteer from the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of PRS.

Superintendent, Cynda Rickert for Jackson County School District 9, says she's making every student is OK.

"We want to be absolutely sure that there's no other victim out there," Rickert said.

Detectives say the abuse allegations surfaced last Wednesday when they say Lodge had touched the young girl inappropriately.

Rickert says she's worked with District 9 for 11 years and something like this has never happened.

She says these types of volunteers play the grandpa/grandma role when in the classroom.

"It's not a reflection on all the wonderful people that we've been able to work with over the years that have come in and worked well with our kids and local valley students and made a difference."

A statement was provided by the Foster Grandparent Program.

Staff were unable to comment on camera because the investigation is still ongoing.

Jackson County Sheriff's says Lodge is still in jail.

Both the school district and PRS say Lodge had passed background checks before volunteering for the program.


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