Wichita — A special-education paraeducator has been charged with five counts of indecent liberties with a child, officials said.
Patrick P.L. Naputi, 18, engaged in "inappropriate actions" in a classroom at Maize Central Elementary School between Aug. 1 and Nov. 23, according to court documents.
Naputi worked for Sedgwick County Area Educational Services Interlocal Cooperative No. 618, said district spokeswoman Karen McDermott. He was assigned to help a special-education student in a fourth-grade class this fall. He was arrested Tuesday.
McDermott said school officials began investigating Naputi after a concerned parent notified the district.
"We called the cooperative and asked that they suspend him with pay," McDermott said. "We then notified law enforcement."
McDermott said the district conducts background checks on all employees, but because Naputi was hired by the cooperative, school officials did not run a check on him.