Questions surround hiring of teacher's aide arrested on child enticement charges

Eric Tsetsi

School administrators continue to investigate the employment of McCall Middle School teacher’s aide Christopher French in the wake of his June 28 arrest on one count of child enticement.

Superintendent of Schools William McAlduff told the School Committee this week that he is working with the legal firm Stoneman, Chandler and Miller to determine the school department’s options in dealing with the issue.

“When a school department employee is charged with a crime it is imperative that the school department … conduct its own investigation of the allegations,” he said.

Winchester Police detectives arrested French after he was accused of allegedly trying to lure a 13-year-old female middle school student into sexual activity.

According to police, 27-year-old French formed a relationship with the girl through e-mail and other correspondence in December last year. The e-mails originally started as friendly messages, but soon turned into inappropriate advances, police said.

French has been employed full-time at the middle school — where his father Evander French Jr. serves as principal — since September, 2006.

Whether the school department can terminate French’s employment as a result of the arrest is uncertain. According to McAlduff there is no explicit policy written into teacher contracts that allows the school department to fire employees if they are arrested for a crime.