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Police say substitute teacher sexually assaulted student at Vt. school

LOWELL, Vt. (WCAX) - Police say a substitute teacher sexually assaulted a student at a Vermont school on multiple occasions.

Vermont State Police on Thursday arrested Jesse Waldenville, 41, of Lowell.

Investigators say Waldenville was a substitute teacher at the Lowell Graded School, where they say he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student multiple times this month.

Waldenville faces charges of sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

He was ordered jailed without bail pending an arraignment Friday.

Troopers say the investigation began Wednesday when Waldenville arrived at the barracks in Derby and asked to speak with a trooper.

They say the investigation is still underway and more charges are possible.

Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks in Derby at 802-334-8881. You can also give an anonymous tip online.

North Country Supervisory Union officials Friday issued a statement saying they are “deeply concerned about the allegations” and took immediate action. They say the district conducts extensive background checks and that policies require employees to report concerns. Officials also said they will soon complete their own internal investigation into Waldenville.

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