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Parents To Gather After Richmond County School Custodian Arrested, Fired

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***UPDATED at 6:40 A.M. on Tuesday, September 17th***

A Richmond County school janitor is off the job this morning, accused of inappropriately touching several students. Now, some local parents plan on gathering tonight (Tuesday) to ask board members some serious questions. 

Thursday, 44-year-old Reginald Price was arrested and charged with two counts of felony child molestation. One charge was related to a Murphy Middle School incident, and the other was related to an incident at C.T. Walker Magnet School.  But, reports indicate similar allegations were made in Aiken County back in 2011.

So, how did he get hired in the school system and why weren't parents notified of such serious allegations right after they happened? Those are 2 big questions we took straight to the man in charge.

"As if an 8th grader can't tell when she's improperly touched," said Miss Monique, a C.T. Walker Magnet School parent.

The 3 incident reports reveal it all: shocking details, all from different schools, accusing Reginald Price, a now former janitor at C.T. Walker Magnet School, of hugging and rubbing the backsides of young students.

"I had to hear from another parent at the school, who found out through a local paper," said Monique.

That's the main concern that several parents have. Why weren't they notified the next morning after Price's arrest?  We asked Richmond County School Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson that very question. 

"There is a procedure that we must follow, involving personnel. We have to collect all of the facts concerning that issue, before we are able to issue a report," Dr. Roberson answered.

"You're talking about children, possibly at risk. Do you understand the concerns of the parents?" we asked Dr. Roberson. "Oh most definitely, most definitely" Dr. Roberson answered. "And, our aim is to of course notify parents as quickly as we can once we've gathered all of the facts," he added.

"I do understand that, but this was a man who was accused in Aiken, first, and then he was hired at Richmond County Schools at Murphey, and then accused again," said Monique. "Whoever did the hiring, did they not see that?"

Dr. Roberson says that because all prior charges were dropped, Price's record was clean, making him eligible to be hired. That's something that still doesn't sit well for some parents, but opens the door for bigger conversation.

"We need to talk to our children, because these friendly faces that they see every day, could possibly be, sexual predators," said Monique.

One parent we spoke with said she emailed C.T. Walker's principal, Renee Kelly, asking why she didn't notify parents directly, either. Kelly said that as soon as the allegations were reported to her, she notified investigators and made sure that Price didn't come back to the school. She went on to say that she was unaware of any previous allegations.

***UPDATED at 5:14 P.M. on Monday, September 16th***

A Richmond County school janitor is off the job, accused of inappropriately touching several students. Now, some local parents want to know why they weren't notified of the arrest after it happened.

Thursday, 44-year-old Reginald Price was arrested and charged with two counts of felony child molestation. One charge was related to a Murphy Middle School incident, and the other was related to an incident at C.T. Walker Magnet School.  But, reports indicate similar allegations were made in Aiken County back in 2011.

So, how did he get hired in the school system and why weren't parents notified of such serious allegations right after they happened? Those are 2 big questions we took straight to the man in charge.

"As if an 8th grader can't tell when she's improperly touched," said Miss Monique, a C.T. Walker Magnet School parent.

The 3 incident reports reveal it all: shocking details, all from different schools, accusing Reginald Price, a now former janitor at C.T. Walker Magnet School, of hugging and rubbing the backsides of young students.

"I had to hear from another parent at the school, who found out through a local paper," said Monique.

That's the main concern that several parents have. Why weren't they notified the next morning after Price's arrest?  We asked Richmond County School Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson that very question. 

"There is a procedure that we must follow, involving personnel. We have to collect all of the facts concerning that issue, before we are able to issue a report," Dr. Roberson answered.

"You're talking about children, possibly at risk. Do you understand the concerns of the parents?" we asked Dr. Roberson. "Oh most definitely, most definitely" Dr. Roberson answered. "And, our aim is to of course notify parents as quickly as we can once we've gathered all of the facts," he added.

"I do understand that, but this was a man who was accused in Aiken, first, and then he was hired at Richmond County Schools at Murphey, and then accused again," said Monique. "Whoever did the hiring, did they not see that?"

Dr. Roberson says that because all prior charges were dropped, Price's record was clean, making him eligible to be hired. That's something that still doesn't sit well for some parents, but opens the door for bigger conversation.

"We need to talk to our children, because these friendly faces that they see every day, could possibly be, sexual predators," said Monique.

One parent we spoke with said she emailed C.T. Walker's principal, Renee Kelly, asking why she didn't notify parents directly, either. Kelly said that as soon as the allegations were reported to her, she notified investigators and made sure that Price didn't come back to the school. She went on to say that she was unaware of any previous allegations.

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***UPDATED at11:15 P.M on Monday, September 16th***

A Richmond County school custodian is now out of a job.

According to Richmond County School Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson, custodian Reginald Price was fired Monday.

The termination comes after Price was arrested, last week, and charged with two counts of sexual battery. 

Richmond County Board of Education Police Chief Alfonzo Williams says one of the alleged incidents took place January 2012, and the second one happened earlier this month.

We will continue to follow this developing story and provide the latest information as it becomes available.

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