LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas elementary school teacher was arrested for sexually assaulting a student, and detectives say they’re looking for additional victims.
Walker Richardson, 52, was arrested on Sunday by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sexual assault detectives. He taught at Sunrise Acres Elementary School, the Clark County School District confirmed.
“It is alleged that while working at an elementary school near Downtown Las Vegas, he inappropriately touched a student,” police said.
In response to the arrest, Sunrise Acres Principal Jennifer Boeddeker issued a statement to parents. She says Richardson was not working on campus “since October 2022.”
Richardson was booked into the Clark County Detention Center for sexual assault against a child less than 14, and kidnapping of a minor.
He’s been employed with CCSD since 2017, according to Boeddeker’s statement.
“The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is the lead investigative agency,” Boeddeker stated. “We wish to assure you that we are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their Investigation.”
Student safety “is the number one priority at Sunrise Acres Elementary School,” she said.
Police urged anyone who may have been a victim, or who has information that could help their investigation, to contact the Sexual Assault Section at 702-828-3421. Anonymous tips can be made through Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
The full statement from Principal Boeddeker is included below:
This is Sunrise Acres Elementary School Principal Jennifer Boeddeker. The safety of our students is the number one priority at Sunrise Acres Elementary School. As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community.
We are informing you that an employee assigned to our school was arrested for kidnapping and two counts of sexual assault against a child. The employee has been assigned to home since October 2022 per the negotiated agreement with the bargaining unit. The employee has been employed with the Clark County School District since 2017.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is the lead investigative agency. We wish to assure you that we are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their Investigation.
Please know that this is a police investigation and, as school officials, we do not have additional information to share. However, if you have questions about your child, please contact the school at (702) 799-7912.
This story was originally published Nov. 7, 2022 by KTNV in Las Vegas, an E.W. Scripps Company.