Brett Blume

UNION, Mo. (KMOX) –  Franklin County sheriff’s officials are investigating reports of a sexual assault involving a teacher and a student at Union Middle School.

The initial report was made to Union police, but was later determined to have allegedly occurred outside the city limits.

School officials have enacted their normal procedures to deal with the accusations but are not releasing further details at this time.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says his department’s also withholding most of the information they’ve gathered so far at this early stage of the investigation, declining to answer which grade the student is in or whether the teacher is male or female.

He does say that a parent came forward to report the incident earlier this month.

“The assault was alleged to have occurred around February the second,” Toelke tells KMOX News. “It was reported to Union police around the third, and then they notified us. But basically right now we’re just acknowledging that we are conducting an investigation.”

He says that it may take some time for further information to come out because lab tests on “electronics and DNA” forensic evidence collected by investigators could take weeks to complete.

In the meantime, Sheriff Toelke says that anyone else who believes their child may have been victimized by a teacher at Union Middle School should contact the sheriff’s department at (636) 583-250, or Union Police at (636) 583-3700.

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