Unlicensed school ‘social worker’ arrested for inappropriate contact with students
An unlicensed school social worker from Las Vegas, Nevada has been arrested for alleged inappropriate behaviour with two students.
Anthony Winston, 31, faces charges of kidnapping a minor, child abuse, two offences of open and gross lewdness, and attempts to engage in sexual conduct with a student.
He was arrested by Clark County School District police following an investigation at Chaparral High School, Las Vegas, which identified his inappropriate behavior with two students.
Chaparral High School have confirmed that Winston was a contracted employee who worked in an unlicensed social work role as a ‘safe school professional’. He was in the process of becoming a licensed social worker.
An initial school district news release described Winston as a social worker, leading to national press reporting that he was a licensed social worker at the time of his alleged offences. However this release was later revised to clarify that he was ‘working towards’ his licensed school social worker certification.
Safe school professional at Chaparral
Winston’s role as a safe school professional is described by local Nevada authorities as supporting:
“the development of a safe and respectful positive school climate according to the needs of the school and in order to address a variety of potential barriers to academic success that may exist within the child, home, school, or community.”
The school have confirmed that Winston’s had his employment terminated on the 28th February.