SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Parents at Columbia Elementary School in Redding are outraged after finding out that a convicted sex offender was volunteering on campus without the permission of the school administration.
The sex offender is Sean Green and according to the Redding Police Department, he was in violation of his registry as an offender. Last week Green was removed from the school and denied his access, according to an email from the Superintendent.
According to Megan's Law in 2013 Green was convicted of:
"I am disgusted with it," said Joshua Heatherly who has a child at Columbia Elementary. "This was a huge mistake on the school's part and the teacher whose room he was volunteering in. I've spoken with other parents whose kids were in the class Green was volunteering in and they feel the same way. He was there for around two years and has been in a relationship with one of the teachers at the school."
KRCR reached out to Columbia Elementary School District Superintendent Clay Ross and asked about the teacher and the alleged relationship which Ross said he would not comment on.
In an email to those apart of Columbia Elementary School District, on this incident Superintendent Clay Ross said:
This is Mr. Ross with an important announcement. It was brought to our attention last week that an individual was on our campus that should never have been allowed. We immediately took steps to permanently deny their access and have been in communication with both RPD and the Sheriff's Department. Rumors of this situation have been spreading on social media and by other means. Please know that we took this situation seriously, have addressed it, and have instituted new internal procedures to prevent this scenario in the future. If you are aware of individuals who should not be allowed on our campus please bring them to our attention so that we can take proper precaution.
Ross says that the school district bases their background checks on fingerprints and that they record the fingerprints to most volunteers. He says from now on they will communicate with other districts after taking down fingerprints of volunteers, allowing more people to be informed if alerts are issued.
"Who knows how many kids have been exposed to Sean Green at this point," said Heatherly. "He’s been helping at the school for a couple of years now. He’s been volunteering in her classroom as well as school functions. I would like the teacher that knew him removed immediately."
Redding Police say that they have visited Green at the address he has on file, completed a criminal report and charges have been filed with the Shasta District Attorney's Office.
This is an evolving story and KRCR will continue to provide updates on it as they come out.