Two investigations have been launched into two separate cases of alleged sex crimes in the Melba School District.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that a juvenile male is in custody in connection with an alleged rape at Melba High School. The suspect is unnamed because he's a minor. The Press-Tribune reports that the Canyon County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether there were any other victims of the suspect.
Meanwhile, another investigation is looking into alleged sexual misconduct by a former teacher in the district. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue would not comment further because he said the investigation was ongoing.
Donahue has fired off a letter to the Melba District School Board, expressing his concerns regarding the alleged incidents.
“Several victims have already come forward. Are there others out there? I believe that there are,” Donahue told the Press-Tribune. “If parents or teachers have information, they need to bring that information forward immediately, because this is about protecting our children.”
Additionally, Donahue said he has asked the Ada County Sheriff's Office to look into possible misconduct by administrative staff in the Melba School District.
“I'm extremely concerned about this situation,” Donahue told the Press-Tribune. “I'm very very concerned, and I'm not at all pleased with the lack of cooperative effort we're getting from that school district regarding these cases.”