Police: CR District custodian kissed student at work

 

CAMDEN — A Caesar Rodney School District custodian allegedly contacted a 17-year-old student at a school and her workplace before sending sexually tinged text messages that eventually brought his arrest Tuesday, police claimed in an arrest affidavit.

According to Delaware State Police allegations in court documents, Dale E. Street, 35, kissed the girl who had parked her vehicle at the John S. Charlton School where he worked. Police alleged that text messages were first sent to the juvenile on Sept. 26.

Police said video surveillance showed Mr. Street entering her vehicle and staying inside for approximately 19 minutes. The girl told police during an interview that Mr. Street allegedly “had his hands on her side and did not touch her inappropriately,” during the kiss, according to court documents.

Mr. Street stopped mowing grass at the time of the girl’s arrival at the Charlton School at 278 Sorghum Mill Road in Camden, police said in papers, and resumed after leaving her vehicle.

The girl contacted a Caesar Rodney High employee last Friday to express concern about text messages she received and an investigation ensued, police said. The school district said it contacted authorities immediately after learning of the claims.

A felony sexual solicitation of a child under 18 charge resulted from the probe. Mr. Street was initially arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and released on $20,000 unsecured bail.

Dale S. Street

Mr. Street was suspended with pay due to his negotiated contract, school officials said following the arrest.

The alleged incident was the third sex-related arrest of a CR school district employee and student in four years:

•On June 9, 2016, a male former CR High teacher and wrestling coach was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison on three counts of fourth-degree rape and a first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority or supervision count regarding a reported relationship with a female student two years earlier.

• In December 2014, a female ex-Fifer Middle School teacher was sentenced to 18 months probation for a fourth-degree rape conviction involving a male student.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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