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Babylon school officials, police probe allegations against district employee

The Babylon school district and Suffolk police are investigating what school officials say are "disturbing allegations" against an unnamed employee who was placed on paid leave Monday.

Linda Rozzi, superintendent of Babylon schools, wrote in a letter sent to families Tuesday afternoon to confirm an internal investigation and that the employee in question was "immediately reassigned to home."

"The district does not tolerate misconduct and takes all allegations of such very seriously," the letter read. "Due to privacy laws, school districts are limited in the information we can release regarding this matter."

Rozzi did not disclose the name of the employee or the person’s job capacity but said the district is vetting candidates "to assume the teaching responsibilities of the classes shortly."

Suffolk police said school district representatives contacted its First Precinct around 6 p.m. Tuesday in reference to the letter district officials released earlier that day.

"First Precinct Crime Section officers are investigating," police said in an emailed statement. A police spokeswoman declined to comment further on the matter Wednesday.

District officials declined an interview request Wednesday and declined to answer emailed questions on the nature of the misconduct it referred to in the letter.

"We are doing our due diligence to ensure an accurate and appropriate investigation is completed based on information from cooperating witness interviews and written statements, not rumors," Rozzi wrote in the letter dated Tuesday.

School officials didn’t answer questions on how the investigation is conducted and declined to offer a timeline.

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