CCSD teacher accused of lewdness with child, raising concerns of ongoing safety issue

Kweku Turkson (LVMPD)

A Clark County School District teacher accused of lewdness with a child under 14 faced a judge on Tuesday.

Kweku Turkson, an English teacher at West Prep Academy, is facing three counts of lewdness with a child under 14 and one count of attempted lewdness with a child under 14. The 37-year-old was hired in 2015 but has been under investigation since October 2017.

He's the latest teacher to be accused of such acts and is not the first within CCSD.

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In 2017, the issue was brought up during the legislative session and resulted in the passage of two bills related to safety. Senate Bill 287 requires all volunteers at schools, including parents, to undergo a mandatory background check before assisting on school grounds. CCSD says the $60 background checks were required at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Senate Bill 212 established Safe Voice Nevada in 2017. It is a website and app that uses an anonymous reporting system where students and parents can report threats and submit tips of concern.

Fiona Carter, a CCSD parent, says her child hasn’t had any inappropriate instances with teachers, but he was bullied so badly he had to switch schools. She also says she's appreciative of the change that’s addressing both issues.

"I'm glad that these policies are in place," said Carter. "I'm glad that people can be anonymous, give anonymous tips to people because we need to eradicate it asap."

CCSD says it's too early to determine the progress of these new measures because they haven't yet gone full cycle.

Turkson is currently being held with no bail. He is due back in court on Friday for a bail hearing.

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