NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) — A Mona Shores Public Schools teacher is on administrative leave after being charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a minor.
Erik Childers, 28, was arraigned on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor on Wednesday. Childers teaches music and choir at Churchill and Ross Park elementary schools.
Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson said he couldn’t comment on what evidence led to the charge.
In a letter sent to parents, Mona Shores Public Schools Superintendent Bill O’Brien said the district received a report of inappropriate conduct involving Childers on Monday. The district immediately contacted Norton Shores police and immediately placed him on administrative leave.
The letter says the alleged incident happened in early 2017 and didn’t involve any students at the elementary level and it didn’t occur on school property. Childers wasn’t a Mona Shores Public Schools employee at the time of the alleged acts and a background check was completed before he was hired this summer.
Hilson also said the alleged incident didn’t involve Childers using his position as a teacher to solicit the victim.
The investigation hasn’t revealed any other victims or crimes, the letter says.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 11.