Teacher charged with sexual assault in Milwaukee

NOW: Teacher charged with sexual assault in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A Milwaukee school teacher is accused of inappropriately touching and grabbing one of his first-grade students.

According to the criminal complaint, it happened at Allen Field Elementary in 2012 and Ingram Rivas is no longer with MPS.

Although Rivas was charged back in the spring and the school acted immediately, some parents still say they’re nervous about sending their children off to school.

According to the complaint, the now-11-year-old girl told police that 54-year-old Rivas touched her inappropriately during the 2012-2013 school year. She was six years old at the time.

The complaint says Rivas also called the victim and her friends his “favorites” in class.

Police say when the girl found out that Rivas was going to be her 5th-grade teacher for the upcoming school year, she realized she had to tell someone.

Some parents are now worried something like this could happen again.

"What if somebody else is doing it? What if the new teacher is going to be doing it? Are any of the kids in that school safe now? It's terrifying. I don't want my kid coming home saying 'Mommy, my teacher touched me,’” says parent Jessica Rivera.

MPS sent a statement that was previously released in May. 

"MPS is coordinating with the Milwaukee Police Department regarding an allegation involving a staff member at AllenField and families have been notified. The staff member has been placed on unpaid leave pending a final resolution to the matter."

Police also spoke with three other students who said Rivas touched them inappropriately. If convicted, he could face up to 60 years in prison.

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