Special Education teacher charged with exposing himself to students

CREATED May 25, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - An MPS teacher has been accused of exposing himself to his students. Kevin France, 37, worked at Mary McLeod Bethune Academy on N. 35th St.

According to the criminal complaint, the allegations go as far back as December 21 when four female students from his class reported the incidents to Principal Carol McKay.

McKay told police that she separated the students and had them each write a statement of what occurred. McKay then informed MPS Employee rights Department lawyer, Sarah Hannenman and was told to forward the written statements to her.

On December 28, McKay stated to police that she faxed over the statements and never received a response.

McKay did not contact police or report the allegations to anyone else until May 21st, when police responded to the school.

According to the statements made by the four students, France exposed and touched himself in front of them.

The teacher's aide assigned to France's classroom, Jaradine Young, stated to MPD that when she left the class room and came back, students would say, 'It happened again." For this reason, she began to take all of the students with her when she left.

Young also stated that when she became aware of the specific allegations, she reported them to Principal McKay.

MPS issued a statement Friday night.

"We take this matter very seriously. The individual has been removed from the school. We are fully cooperating with police on this investigation and are conducting a review of the situation," said Tony Tagliavia, MPS Media Manager.

France is due in court for a preliminary hearing on June 3.