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An employee of St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans is being investigated on a child’s allegation of “sexual misconduct” that did not involve physical contact, the school says.

The allegation was made Monday against an employee of the school’s after-care program, the school told parents in a letter.

Interim Head of School Ralph Wales said the child’s family contacted a school staffer to describe “an incident their child had shared.”

The school then forwarded that claim to the New Orleans Police Department, which opened an investigation, Wales said in a Wednesday email.

The school did not identify the employee. It’s not clear when the incident is alleged to have occurred.

The employee, who had been with the school since August after passing a criminal background check, has been placed on leave and barred from the campus.

“We understand and regret that your sense of safety for your children has no doubt been compromised by this news. Safety and security have always been and will always be our primary concern,” Wales said in his email.

NOPD spokesman Andy Cunningham confirmed the investigation but declined to comment further. "The NOPD’s Child Abuse Unit is conducting an investigation at St. George's. The investigation remains open and active at this time," he said.

The school at 923 Napoleon Ave. in Uptown New Orleans has been open since 1969. It has about 300 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, plus another 100 preschoolers.

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