NBC 10 I-Team: Police report details molestation claim against elementary school counselor
Court documents obtained by the NBC 10 I-Team lay out the criminal molestation claims against a 65-year-old school social worker.
In a police affidavit, Pawtucket officers said they were dispatched to the Cunningham Elementary School on June 19 for a report of a sexual assault.
A young female student and her mother, who met with Principal Lisa Schultz and Assistant Superintendent Cheryl McWilliams, claimed that she had been inappropriately touched on her rear end by an employee at the school, which includes grades K-5.
The girl identified the employee as social worker Clifton Brian Kelly.
The student, whose exact age is unknown, told an interviewer with Day One in Providence, which offers sexual assault counseling, that she was called into Kelly's office alone to speak with him about a fight with another student.
She claimed Kelly repeatedly asked her to come closer to him as he was seated in his chair. The student alleges that Kelly said she was a "beautiful girl" and then “cupped her butt.”
Kelly, of Warwick, was charged with one count second degree child molestation. He was released on $2,000 cash bail.
Attempts to reach Kelly have been unsuccessful.
Pawtucket School Superintendent Patti DiCenso released a statement on Tuesday which said in part, “The Pawtucket School Department considers the safety of children to be its highest priority. The Pawtucket School Department reported its concerns to DCYF and the Pawtucket Police Department and has cooperated fully with the investigation.”
DCYF told the NBC 10 I-Team that school officials called their hotline concerning Kelly on June 19.