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New Haven teacher facing sex assault charge

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Kirvana Jones was arrested on Wednesday (New Haven Police) Kirvana Jones was arrested on Wednesday (New Haven Police)

A New Haven teacher has been arrested after allegations of unprofessional conduct involving a student were raised.

On Wednesday, police arrested Kirvana Jones, who is a teacher at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School.

Last week, a student reported the allegations.

Officials said Jones was removed from the classroom and placed on administrative leave.

She was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, and was held on a $75,000 bond.

In a statement, New Haven Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries said “New Haven Police Department officials apprised me earlier today that they have arrested the ESUMS teacher placed on administrative leave last week. The warrant includes very serious allegations that, if true, break the fundamental trust and professional responsibility carried by every educator. My primary and immediate concern remains, however, the well-being of students. The district has deployed resources to support the entire ESUMS community and continues to monitor the school closely.”

The superintendent said, by law, Jones can only be suspended with pay at this point.

New Haven mom Stephany Nolasco said she was shocked to hear the charges.

"That a teacher would go to that extent to harm a child because a child is innocent. They don't know anything," she said.

 Police said the investigation right now did not reveal any evidence that would indicate any other teachers or students are involved in the alleged misconduct.

She is expected to face a judge on Thursday.

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