Staff Member Accused of Assaulting Child Resigns


UPDATED: Friday December 20, 2013 10:22 PM

A staff member at a school for developmentally disabled children resigned from her position Friday.

The staff member was accused of assaulting an 18-year-old woman. The woman's family says she has struggled with developmental disabilities since birth, but with daily schooling, he says she's getting better.

Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent, John Pekar, said a teacher filed the report about another staff member, who is an educational program specialist. People in that position typically help teachers with curriculum and student behavior.

The alleged assault happened at the Forest Rose School in Lancaster.

According to a Lancaster police report, a staff member at Forest Rose School pushed the teenager down in her chair and then when her behavioral issue continued, she "pushed her down onto the floor and told her that's what you get."

The superintendent says the staff member was immediately put on paid administrative leave when the allegations came forward last week.

The employee turned in her resignation Friday. The Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent John Pekar says the board accepted her resignation.

" We are glad that we can bring closure to this issue and that we can all move forward in continuing to provide high quality programming, education and services to those in our community living with disabilities." Pekar said in a statement.

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