Ore. teacher accused of having kids take off pants, wear diapers

Ore. teacher accused of having kids take off pants, wear diapers
BOARDMAN, Ore. -- One teacher is accused of having his students pull off their pants - and pull up diapers. That's what a group of Boardman parents claims is happening to their kindergartners.

This is Boardman. Home to the Bozo-Burger and Boat Harbor. Home to an investigation of a teacher forcing kindergarteners to put on diapers in class.

Some students even traveled to a center La Grande that specializes in interviews for children.

"Children, especially at a young age are impressionable. And so, we have to be very cautious on how we ask questions,” said Boardman Police Chief Rick Stokoe.

Police and the Morrow County Sheriff department started investigating the case the end of January. It took several weeks to interview school staff, possible eyewitnesses - the children and their families.

"And that takes time. It doesn't happen overnight,” said Chief Stokoe.

Police and the Morrow County Sheriff department started investigating the case the end of January. The case is now turned over the district attorney. The DA explains several criteria must be met -- even for a lower-level misdemeanor.

"You need to have an individual who intentionally acts to annoy or harass an individual, and then subject that individual to offensive physical contact,” added Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson.

No charges are yet filed. The teacher is still on administrative paid leave. Some parents were disappointed the school didn't alert them sooner.

“Just making sure everyone is involved. I mean -- just like they do everything,” said Boardman parent Julie.

In the meanwhile, the DA tells KEPR he'll interview parents next week. He was impressed with the lengthy report.

"Rather than jump to conclusions, wait to see what the results are -- what the DA finds in his determination,” said Chief Stokoe.

Ensuring our children safe. Regardless of the outcome, the DA says it's up to the school to decide the status of employment for this teacher.