Man accused of sexually abusing special needs student in Scottsdale: PD

Nicholas Alan Claus (Photo Courtesy: Scottsdale Police Department)

Officials with the Scottsdale Police Department say they have arrested a 62-year-old man for alleged sex crimes involving a special needs student at Chaparral High School.

According to a statement released by Sgt. Kevin Quon on Nov. 19, Nicholas Alan Claus is accused of sexual abuse, child abuse, and public sexual indecency. An investigation into Claus began on Nov. 18, when school administrators at Chaparral High notified school resource officers of an incident involving Claus and the alleged victim. Scottsdale Police detectives then took over the investigation, which led to Claus' arrest.

"Due to the sensitivity of the victim being a juvenile, no further information about the incident will be released," read a portion of the statement.

In a statement to FOX 10, officials with Scottsdale Unified School District said Claus was hired as an instructional support paraeducator on Aug. 21, 2019. He cleared a pre-employment background check that same month.

"Mr. Claus was arrested at school late yesterday morning by Scottsdale Police soon after the alleged incident occurred and placed on administrative leave. Since then, it is our understanding that he has been charged with multiple felonies," read a portion of the statement. "If these allegations are determined to be true, this behavior is reprehensible."

School district officials say they encourage parents, students, former students and staff to immediately report any inappropriate behavior by a Scottsdale Unified employee to local law enforcement authorities, as well as the school district's human resources department.

Other Arizona Crime Stories

Tune in to FOX 10 Phoenix for the latest news

Download FOX 10 apps for local breaking news and weather