San Mateo police, with cooperation from the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District, arrested an after school child-care aide Friday, Oct. 25 on suspicion of committing lewd acts on a child under 14 and child annoyance, according to a joint press release by the police and district.
The aide, Eric Michael Renz, a 20-year-old Millbrae resident, was booked into San Mateo County Jail, but released on $100,000 bail, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
The victim in the case is a girl in Horrall Elementary School’s Children’s Annex program, according to district officials.
Police received a referral on Oct. 21 about the alleged incident, which occurred on the late afternoon of Oct. 18. A district employee allegedly witnessed and reported the incident, said Molly Barton, the district’s assistant superintendent for student services. The district, upon learning of the incident, immediately removed Renz from any contact with children and provided information to police to assist with the investigation, according to the release.
The investigation revealed that, while sitting with the victim, Renz allegedly kissed the girl and touched her inappropriately, according to police.
Interviews were conducted with the victim and detectives established probable cause for an arrest, according to the release. There are no suspicions of other incidents involving the suspect at this time, but the department is still actively investigating the suspect, said Detective Sgt. Ryan Monaghan.
Renz, who has worked at the Children’s Annex for about a month and is employed by the district, has been placed on administrative leave, Barton said. He hasn’t been with the district long, Barton added.
At this point, the district planned to alerted parents yesterday about the incident via email, text and hard copy to families that have children at Horrall, said Barton. The district also sent out letter to all parents with children in after-school programs. The district has passed on the news to other site principals, so they can choose if they want to give out the information to parents as well.
The district is also scheduling meetings for parents who have children at the annex, Barton said.
“He (Renz) has no access to come on campus,” Barton said. “We’re super pleased we have processes in place and that they worked.”
Anyone with information regarding this case, or who believes that another case may exist with the suspect, may contact the San Mateo police’s investigations department at 522-7650.
Renz’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 5, said Wagstaffe.
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