New York-A male school nurse in Manhattan has been arrested following an incident when he allegedly grabbed a 9-year-old girl’s buttocks.
According to police, the child was sent to his office by her teacher when she was complaining of a stomach ache during class on Thursday.
Pratya Vichetpitayapong, a 55-year-old nurse was employed as a school nurse at Public School 96 at 216 E. 120th St.
The child informed police that were called to the scene that while in the nurse's office she dropped her sweater and bent down to retrieve it and the nurse grabbed both her buttocks.
The little girl reported the incident to a teacher and to her guidance counselor. The principal was also informed.
The nurse had been working at the school as a contractor since September and when questioned said he did not remember even seeing the child.
Vichetpitayapong was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual abuse.
The Department of Education spokesman, Will Mantell said, “This individual has been suspended without pay and is not allowed in any DOE schools pending the resolution of the criminal case."