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WestPark substitute teacher arrested for child molestation

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Brian Scritchfield. (Photo courtesy Buckeye Police Department)

By Connor Dziawura

A substitute teacher in Buckeye has been arrested following accusations of child molestation, according to police.

Brian Scritchfield, 28, of Litchfield Park, was arrested after two female students – ages 12 and 13 – said he had inappropriately touched them. WestPark Elementary School officials reported these incidents to Buckeye police, who responded to the campus on Thursday, August 10.

According to Buckeye police, the Special Victims Unit interviewed the two victims, as well as other witnesses. It was reported that Scritchfield had touched the genitals of one victim and had touched both victims’ hair, neck and back.

Following his arrest, Scritchfield was booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail. He now faces one count of child molestation and two counts of aggravated assault of a minor.

“We take these reports seriously, and the contracted substitute teacher will not be returning to any Buckeye Elementary School District campus,” said Bo Larsen, Buckeye Elementary School District spokesman.

 
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