A man who worked for Portland Public Schools as a para-educator is facing child sex abuse charges. Brett Christy-Hamilton, 31, was arrested Monday on two counts of sex abuse. The alleged incidents occurred Nov. 2, 2015 and Nov. 3, 2015.
Portland police say the victim is a 7 year old girl who was a student at the time at Whitman Elementary School.
PPS officials confirm Christy-Hamilton worked as a para-educator at Whitman Elementary School. He was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 5, 2015.
Para-educators are teachers' aides who help mentally or physically challenged students with lessons as well as physical challenges during their day in school. Christy-Hamilton has worked as a para-educator at Portland Public Schools for 5 years.
"Detectives started working the case in 2015 after receiving a complaint from a mother as well as calls from the Child Abuse hotline," said Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson, "the allegation was that the instructor was touching a 7 year old girl inappropriately that he was caring for at the school."
Christy-Hamilton posted bail and is out of jail until his next court appearance scheduled for Aug. 29.
Police spent months investigating the case, partly to make sure there were no other victims. Authorities also say it took extra time and care to interview the young, special needs victim.
"These young kids - especially if they've got any kind of special needs - require very special treatment to go through the case. We're very sensitive. We don't want to re-victimize somebody. And that's really, really an important point with these young kids," says Simpson.
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Christy-Hamilton remains on paid administrative leave from the school district while the criminal case is pending.