District: “Concerns” about Accused Teacher First Appeared in 2008
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Officials with the Grain Valley School District say that a teacher accused of sexually abusing eight young boys got their first “concern” about the man in 2008.
In a letter sent home to parents on Thursday, district superintendent Dr. Roy Moss says that someone first filed an anonymous report on teacher Matthew Nelson in 2008, and that the district investigated the allegations with the limited information that they had at the time.
“The school superintendent addressed the concerns of the report with the teacher and the action was documented,” said Dr. Moss in the letter.
Nelson, formerly a teacher at Prairie Branch Elementary School, is accused of inappropriately touching eight of his students in his classroom, during summer school and on school outings.
According to the new court documents, Nelson inappropriately touched the boys in the classroom, during summer school and on school outings. On a trip to a Royals game, a parent reported to police observing Nelson rubbing the inner thigh of a student.
In the first court documents filed last week, Nelson is alleged to have touched boys’ private areas through their clothing or directly to their skin during classroom hours, including during movie times and reading periods. In an interview with Child Protection Center authorities, one of the boys said that the alleged incidents always happened while there were other students in the classroom, but never when there were any adults around.
The parents of the alleged victims told police that they had noticed behavior changes in their children, slipping grades and unusual outbursts.
In addition, the alleged victims said that they felt safer when Nelson was “not at school,” and that Nelson would kiss them on the cheek when they would ask him about school work at his desk.
In the letter sent home to parents on Thursday, the district outlined ways for parents to report any concerns about the safety of their children.