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Amphi School District to revisit hiring practices after latest arrest

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Amphitheater School District in Tucson will be going over some of its procedures after yet another school employee was arrested on charges relating to sexual contact with students.

22-year-old Clarice Lee was arrested Tuesday on four counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Tucson police say the incident at Amphitheater High School last Friday involved six male students, ages 16 to 18.

This is now the third time an Amphi District teacher or teacher's aide has been accused in the last couple of years.

Authorities in the district say it's time to see what, if anything, should be changed.

The district says it asked Lee to resign the day she was arrested, and that she did resign from her a teacher's aide position.

David Rogers was the Amphitheater High School band teacher.

He will stand trial in August on charges involving a female student.

Melissa Dalton was a teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School.

She faces charges of sexual conduct with a minor for incidents in and near the high school.

We asked an Amphitheater District governing board member if the district might need to make some changes in the way it hires staff.

"It's fair, in fact, desirable for everyone in the community to be asking questions like that," says Amphitheater School District Governing Board Vice President Dr. Kent Barrabee.

KOLD News 13 learned of another incident involving Clarice Lee.  It happened a few weeks before her arrest.

Amphitheater District General Counsel Todd Jaeger confirmed that there was an investigation, but says that Lee was cleared.

Jaeger says the district will look at that situation again.

Jaeger says, in order to work for the Amphitheater School District, an applicant must provide fingerprints, and there is an extensive background check similar to what other school districts do.

He says the safety of students is a primary concern, and the district already has had discussions about employee hiring practices.

Jaeger told KOLD News 13, "We would be remiss if we didn't do some reflection and review here."

He continued, "We stop for a moment and say is there anything going on here? I don't think there is. We need to check. "

They are questions Barrabee says he will ask.

"What can we learn from what's happened to try to make --to try to increase the odds that this will not happen again," Barrabee says.

Jaeger says the Amphitheater District works with other districts in developing hiring practices, including background checks.

He says he is going to talk with other districts in Pima County and raise the question of the possible need to take another look at those checks.

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