Teaching assistant accused of 'inappropriate contact' with students

KEIZER, Ore. - A teaching assistant at Whiteaker Middle School in Keizer was arrested on Wednesday on charges related to inappropriate contact with three students, according to a school district spokesman.

Jose Moreno, a teaching assistant who worked with special needs students, was arrested by Keizer police officers, according to Jay Remy with the Salem-Keizer School District.

Police say they have identified all three victims in the case and they've told their parents about the accusations.

Police say the abuse happened over a couple of years and not just where Moreno worked but also in his home.

Moreno was placed on administrative leave pending the result of the investigation, Remy said.

Moreno previously taught at Clear Lake Elementary from March to June 2008 and was later re-hired in September of 2008 at Whiteaker Middle School. Moreno has been at Whiteaker ever since, Remy said.

Moreno is in jail on several charges of sex abuse.