OMAHA, NE Dec 3 2016
A Monroe Middle School teacher was arrested at school Wednesday morning on a charge of 1st degree sexual assault of a child, the Omaha Police Department confirmed.
Daryl D. Clark, 46, was taken into custody around 9:15 a.m.
He's also booked for having a firearm on school grounds. Prosecutors said police found a gun in his vehicle.
According to OPD, the investigation began with a complaint of inappropriate sexual contact between an adult male softball coach and a juvenile female.
The Douglas County Attorney's office said the relationship lasted for about a year.
Clark is a girls softball coach for Echoes Fast Pitch based in Papillion and is also the Junior Varsity girls softball coach at Bellevue West High School, according to a news release from OPD.
According to an email obtained by KETV, Clark was arrested before the start of the school day, out of view of students.
The email to school staff from Principal Boris Moore said the arrest was “not related to Monroe or any school-related activities.”
A school district spokesperson said Clark is a business education teacher at Monroe. The school's website says he teaches 8th grade computer apps, and has been with the school for 10 years.
The spokesperson also said the victim was not OPS student.
According to OPS, Clark has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
OPD says it is not aware of any other victims.
Monroe Middle School sent the following letter to parents:
Good morning Monroe Parents:
We want to make you aware of an incident that took place at school this morning.
The Omaha Police Department arrived at our school early this morning to arrest a teacher working here at the school. The incident took place early morning, just before the start of the school day. It happened away from the view of the all of our students. All students and staff were safe during this incident.
While we cannot share the details of what led to the arrest, we do want you to know that the arrest was not related to Monroe or any school-related activities. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending an official investigation. We are actively cooperating with law enforcement authorities.
We are sharing this information as part of our commitment to open communication with our parents.
If you have any questions about this incident, please call the school directly at (402) 557-4600.
Thank you for your continued support of Monroe Middle School,
Boris Moore, PrincipalMonroe Middle School.