A man hired by a band instructor from Independence as an assistant at St. Thomas More School in Kansas City is under investigation for allegedly touching a student inappropriately.
A letter to parents from St. Thomas More principal Brian Borgmeyer said that both men – the band instructor and his assistant – have been placed on administrative leave by the school for a pair of alleged, unrelated incidents.
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph said it learned on March 3 that the band instructor from Independence, a part-time contractor for the school at 11800 Holmes Road in south Kansas City, was under investigation by Independence police for alleged suspicious conduct near an Independence school. The diocese placed the band instructor on administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Borgmeyer said in his letter that the police investigation had concluded without the band instructor being charged with any crimes, but also said the band instructor remains on leave pending the diocese’s internal investigation.
Then, on March 6, the school learned of a separate allegation of inappropriate behavior against the assistant, who helps the instructor at band practice. The assistant allegedly repeatedly grabbed an 11-year-old student’s breast after acting as if he had tripped.
Borgmeyer told parents in his letter that the assistant was immediately placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by Kansas City police and that the school had made a report to the Missouri Department of Social Services’ Children’s Division.
Kansas City police arrested the assistant at his home Thursday morning. Though the men were named in the letter, The Examiner is not naming them because neither had been charged with a crime as of press time.
Borgmeyer said in his letter that the school had never received reports of any wrongdoing by the two men previously.
“Both men had undergone background screening, and were required to complete safe environment training per diocesan policy for any person working with minors,” Borgmeyer wrote. “Both the school and the Diocese are cooperating with law enforcement authorities in these investigations.”
Anyone with information on either investigation is asked to call the Independence Police Department at 816-325-7330 or the Kansas City Police Department at 816-234-5150. Parents with concerns are asked to the the diocese’s ombudsman Jenifer Valenti at 816-812-2500.