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HAMMOND — Hammond police confirmed they are investigating a child abuse allegation at a Hammond elementary school.

A couple in Hammond reported their 6-year-old son was inappropriately touched by a gym teacher Jan. 7 at Lafayette Elementary School in Hammond. The parents said the boy was in his last-hour gym class when he went to the bathroom and said the teacher rubbed him inappropriately.

The parents met with administrators the next day to report the incident, and transferred the youngster to another Hammond elementary school. They said the boy has repeated the story more than 10 times to them, school administrators and police, and it has not varied.

Hammond Police Lt. Richard Hoyda said, "after speaking with detectives, I confirmed that this case is being investigated by our Criminal Investigations Division. No one has been arrested or charged. Other than that I have nothing further to report on at this time."

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Hammond schools Superintendent Walter Watkins said the gym teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

"This is a procedure that we follow in most instances when an allegation is made against a staff member," he said. "The Hammond Police Department, Child Protective Services and the School City of Hammond are all working collaboratively to get to the bottom of what has been alleged."

This report comes just days after a Jan. 25 allegation that a child was molested at St. Casimir School, also in Hammond. Police said that event is alleged to have taken place sometime during regular St. Casimir school hours.

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Southlake County Reporter

Carmen is an award-winning journalist who has worked at The Times newspaper for 20 years. Before that she also had stints at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., The Post-Tribune and The News Dispatch in Michigan City.