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According to the email from Oregon School District Superintendent Brian Busler, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have contacted the district about an investigation involving a former employee of People’s United Methodist Church.
Brian Busler told us the district learned about the investigation Tuesday.
The Little Angels Christian Preschool program is inside the People’s United Methodist Church, according to the email.
Busler said the Oregon School District has been contracting space at the People's United Method Church for their preschool programs for the past three or four years.
Investigators are looking into allegations that the former employee took inappropriate pictures of children during church-related activities, according to the email.
The People's United Method Church sent an email to their members Tuesday saying the employee took and shared inappropriate pictures of clothed children who are members of the church.
The church's pastor told us inappropriate pictures were taken of about a half-dozen youth during church functions, but added the man was never alone with the children.
The pastor also said authorities said the man may have downloaded child pornography on his personal computer.
According to the email, the employee involved in the investigation was fired on Monday, and families of children involved have been contacted.
"Please be assured that children at People's United Methodist Church are safe and their continued safety and well-being is of our utmost concern," the church's email said.
As a precaution, investigators have asked for the names of all students who have attended Little Angels Christian Preschool 4K program for the last four years, according to the email. The individual allegedly involved in the incident has been arrested.
“We regret these alleged incidents may have occurred and remain steadfast in helping Oregon families,” Busler said in the email.
Katie Grady, director of the Little Angels Early Learning Center, confirmed the email was sent, but could not comment on the incident or the investigation.
Calls to the state Department of Justice and the People’s United Methodist Church went unanswered.
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