Employee at Scottsdale high school arrested on sex abuse charges involving special needs student

Nov 19, 2021, 3:20 PM | Updated: Nov 20, 2021, 10:47 am

Nicholas Claus (Scottsdale Police Department Photo)...

Nicholas Claus (Scottsdale Police Department Photo)

(Scottsdale Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX — An employee of Chaparral High School was arrested Thursday after he was accused of sexual abuse involving a special needs student, authorities said.

Nicholas Claus, 62, was arrested after an incident at the school, according to an email from the Scottsdale Police Department.

Claus was an instructional support paraeducator at Chaparral, principal Todd Dreifort said in an email Friday to parents.

Dreifort added that there was no indication other students or staff were involved.

“That the trust of one of our most vulnerable students appears to have been violated is reprehensible,” Dreifort said.

Claus was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, child abuse and public sexual indecency.

No other information was available.

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Employee at Scottsdale high school arrested on sex abuse charges involving special needs student