CR District employee arrested on sexual solicitation charge

Dale S. Street

DOVER — A 35-year-old Caesar Rodney School District employee was arrested Tuesday after allegedly sending sexually tinged text messages to a high school student, the Delaware State Police said.

Dale S. Street was suspended with pay from his custodian job at John S. Charlton School, CR School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald said Wednesday in a statement after authorities announced his arrest in a news release.

A 17-year-old female Caesar Rodney High student contacted a school employee last Friday with claims that a man “was sending her text messages that were sexual in nature,” State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier said. According to Dr. Fitzgerald, the school district contacted police immediately as an investigation began.

According to police, investigation found that the student began receiving texts on Sept. 26 and she allegedly met Mr. Street in a Charlton School parking lot when alone.

Mr. Street was arrested at Troop 3, police said, and charged with sexual solicitation of a child under 18. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and released on $20,000 unsecured bond.

Cpl. Fournier said only limited details would be released due to the sensitive nature of the case.

Police asked anyone who may know of similar alleged incidents involving the defendant to call Detective A. Palese at 697-2161. Information may also be called into Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Mr. Street’s employment status is based on his negotiated contract, the superintendent said.

“The district is fully cooperating with the Delaware State Police investigation,” Dr. Fitzgerald said. “Delaware state laws protecting the privacy rights of public employees preclude the district from providing any additional information.”

According to the CR School District website, “The John S. Charlton Program is designed for students with special needs throughout Kent County, Delaware. The Program serves students, 2 to 21 years of age, who have a need to learn functional life skills, via modification of the Delaware State Recommended Curriculum, in order to enhance their level of independence.

“Students at the John S. Charlton Program receive special education services. John S. Charlton is the Kent County Center for the Delaware Autism Program ….”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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