“Law enforcement and social service agencies were notified, as was the substitute’s employer,” Hugelmeyer said in a statement.
Lopez taught at Nicholas S. LaCorte-Peterstown School No. 3 but was an employee of Source4Teachers, a vendor that provides substitute teachers.
Source4Teachers spokesman Owen Murphy said all of its employees are required to pass state and federal background checks, and that Lopez, who began her employment in 2012, showed no previous history of any illegal or inappropriate actions.
Murphy said the teacher is indefinitely blocked from working in Source4Teachers’ partner school districts until the police investigation is completed.